Created by researchers at Japan's Ministry of Defense, this little ball-shaped "spy drone" can hover like a helicopter, but also zip around at high speeds like a plane — albeit a slow one. Well, slow for a plane, but fast for a spy ball.
Want to travel to Japan? The country may make that a lot easier in order to boost tourism and prove that traveling there is still safe despite the earthquake/nuclear meltdown it dealt with earlier this year: they're talking about giving 10,000 free round-trip tickets away.
The country is Japan. The company: REAL-f. For a whopping $4,000, REAL-f will use "3-Dimensional Photo Forms" to crank out a crazily detailed replica of your face and turn it into a mask. Because, you know — why not.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo's always ahead of the curve. This time, it has a "battery jacket" that can recharge a cellphone to full power in 10 minutes. In the time it takes me to eat a lunch, my cellphone can be juiced up for the rest of the day. That's crazy.
It was just last week that we showed you what a post-nuclear accident Tokyo commute might look like. Well now Japan's biggest phone company, Docomo, has unveiled a disturbingly practical new device: a smartphone accessory to help you measure radiation.
We've seen elaborate and finely articulated remote-controlled robotic hands in sci-fi movies and high-end labs, but now the invention is set to invade the consumer market in the form of a clever new system called Handroid.
In America we dream of interactive virtual environments to live out our wildest fantasies, just like in Star Trek. In Japan, they are working just as hard on the same tech, but the reoccurring theme is a desire to bring their anime characters closer to the real world. And now they have moved one step closer to that un-reality.
On one hand, if you've never been shot or stabbed, that's probably a good thing. On the other hand, how are you supposed to enjoy video games when you can't experience the deadly blows that your character experiences? This vibrating gadget from Japan can make it happen.
The Japanese version of Apple's upcoming iOS 5 will have an extra feature not found in other versions: earthquake warning notifications built right in.
Rappers and hip-hop stars have worn teeth grills for years, but it looks like women in Japan are dropping the gold and ice and trading them in for Hello Kitty teeth decals. Yes, teeth tattoos are a fashion trend in Japan.