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Cooking Simulator Made by Japanese Researchers: Cooking Mama 2099

Cooking Simulator Made by Japanese Researchers: Cooking Mama 2099
Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a cooking simulator that combines a conventional frying pan with modern technology. I know, right? Cooking isn’t hard at all! Or so my siblings tell me every…
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Let’s Pick up Tiny Cats with Chopsticks!

Let’s Pick up Tiny Cats with Chopsticks!
Using chopsticks can be a difficult skill to master up at first, but with practice you can pick up anything with these popular Asian eating utensils. And while picking up rice and sushi is definitely on…
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Clopen Shelf Hides Away Valuables on the Inside

Clopen Shelf Hides Away Valuables on the Inside
If you’re worried about the safety of your valuables, or are just looking for some extra storage, check out the Clopen shelf by Torafu Architects. The skinny shelf contains a secret, hidden drawer that allows you…
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Children + LEGOs = Japan within Japan

Children + LEGOs = Japan within Japan
The modern LEGO brick was patented in 1958 – 54 years ago. I’ve only been around for 28 of those 54 years, and in my lifetime what creative minds and sheer ingenuity can do with LEGOs…
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Got a Bad Singing Voice? Then Give the Beauty Voice Trainer a Shot

Got a Bad Singing Voice? Then Give the Beauty Voice Trainer a Shot
People who have great singing voices either worked hard to get there or were born with it. Then there are the others who trained themselves using the Beauty Voice Trainer.…
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Ukiyo-e Heroes Woodblock Prints: More OG than Pixel Art

Ukiyo-e Heroes Woodblock Prints: More OG than Pixel Art
We’ve featured Jed Henry’s Ukiyo-e style prints of videogame characters before. Now’s your chance to own printed versions of his amazing art, featuring characters from popular franchises including Super Mario Bros., Zelda and Street Fighter.…
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MIRAGE Substitutional Reality System: One Step Closer to Total Recall

MIRAGE Substitutional Reality System: One Step Closer to Total Recall
This “substitutional reality system” was developed by the Japanese Laboratory for Adaptive Intelligence at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute. It was created to fuse performance art with perceived reality for its wearer. While it’s doesn’t produce…
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RPG-7 Bottle Launcher Will Eat Your Nerf Guns for Breakfast

RPG-7 Bottle Launcher Will Eat Your Nerf Guns for Breakfast
Bottle rockets are usually made in the likeness of rocket ships. The RPG-7′s ammo on the other hand, while still made of a bottle, imitates a different kind of rocket: the weaponized kind.…
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Baby Robot Affetto is One Creepy Looking RoboTot

Baby Robot Affetto is One Creepy Looking RoboTot
Some people find human babies to be a bit creepy at times. They certainly can be a bit weird, but we all were one at some point. Aside from looking like Winston Churchill, all babies are…
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System Automatically Recognizes Baked Goods Without Labels or RFID

System Automatically Recognizes Baked Goods Without Labels or RFID
In the not-too-distant future, technology might let you check out for your purchases without any need to scan tags, enter prices, or even read RFID tags. Thanks to visual recognition technology, items being purchased could be…
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Beicho Android Robot Aims to Replace Japan’s Great Rakugo Master

Beicho Android Robot Aims to Replace Japan’s Great Rakugo Master
Beicho Katsura III is a rakugo master and is kind of a Living National Treasure in Japan. Rakugo, for those who don’t know, is an early Japanese form of entertainment. Basically, a storyteller. This guy sits…
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Touch-Sensitive Robot Butt: Ghost in the Shiri

Touch-Sensitive Robot Butt: Ghost in the Shiri
We’ve seen androids that have crossed the uncanny valley in terms of their face. But what about their other parts? Well, thanks to 24-year old Nobuhiro Takahashi, you can scratch realistic butts off of that list.…
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Hana iPhone Case: Perfect for Nose Pickers

Hana iPhone Case: Perfect for Nose Pickers
This iPhone case is a slightly disgusting way of holding your iPhone. Naturally, it comes from Japan, and will probably get a few laughs when you go to pick up your phone.…
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Gundam-Themed Hotel Rooms Meet Every Gundam Fans’ Needs

Gundam-Themed Hotel Rooms Meet Every Gundam Fans’ Needs
Hey, Gundam fan. Yes, you – I’m talking to you. It seems like you’re not alone in your desire to own and have everything that screams Gundam, because the folks over at Tokyo’s Pacific Le Daiba…
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Nendo Dark Noon Watches for Those That Prefer The Dark Side

Nendo Dark Noon Watches for Those That Prefer The Dark Side
Do you like dark or colorful watches? If you gravitate towards the dark side, then check out these watches that the Japanese studio Nendo designed for the Danish watch company Noon. They are part of the…
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Pokémon Toyotas: Gotta Drive ‘em All

Pokémon Toyotas: Gotta Drive ‘em All
Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy is running a campaign with Toyota this summer, to give away Pokémon mini toy cars as part of a promotion for the new Pocket Monsters feature film.…
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