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Japan’s ‘Forever Alone’ Tables: Eat on Your Own Lonely Island

Japan’s ‘Forever Alone’ Tables: Eat on Your Own Lonely Island
So Een Maal was on the right track after all. Japan’s Kyoto University and Kobe University recently installed bocchi seki aka “lonely seats” at their dining halls while refurbishing it. The seats are called as such…
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Handy LED Salt Meter Measures How Salty Your Food Is

Handy LED Salt Meter Measures How Salty Your Food Is
There’s a reason why restaurant food usually tastes a lot better than home-cooked food: the former is usually loaded with lots of salt! Unless you’ve got super-sensitive taste buds, you won’t be able to tell just…
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Kirobo Talking Robot Headed into Space

Kirobo Talking Robot Headed into Space
Kirobo is a 13-inch talking robot that will keep Japanese astronaut Kochi Wakata company on the International Space Station. He is now on his way to the ISS after being launched on an H-2B rocket from…
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Tokyoflash Kisai Neutron Watch: It’s Cylon Time!

Tokyoflash Kisai Neutron Watch: It’s Cylon Time!
Who doesn’t like having a watch that looks like it’s from the future? Well I sure would like to have one, and I have to say that the Kisai Neutron from Tokyoflash would be perfect for…
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Dragon Quest Slime Hourglass: It’s About Time Somebody Made This

Dragon Quest Slime Hourglass: It’s About Time Somebody Made This
Perhaps one of the most iconic creatures in the history of video games is Dragon Quest’s bulbous, smiley-faced Slime. I always thought he looked like a giant blue Hershey’s Kiss, or one half of an hourglass.…
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Powered Jacket MK3 Exoskeleton: Metal Gear Alpha

Powered Jacket MK3 Exoskeleton: Metal Gear Alpha
Your teenage child is too big – and cool – for the Kid’s Walker, but you don’t trust her with the Kuratas mech just yet. How are you going to retain your title of World’s Greatest…
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Sushi Tanks Ready to Wage War on Hunger

Sushi Tanks Ready to Wage War on Hunger
I love good sushi. Since I’m land-locked in the Midwest, it’s not exactly easy to get good fresh sushi-grade fish here, but there are definitely some places that fly it in daily at least. Still, I…
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Thanko Mitamanma Megane HD Camera Glasses: Google Glass Minus Google

Thanko Mitamanma Megane HD Camera Glasses: Google Glass Minus Google
While there are many futuristic uses for the heads-up display in Google Glass, several people I’ve met who were wearing them used them primarily to capture images and videos from their personal point of view. So…
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Toilet Trike Runs on the Runs

Toilet Trike Runs on the Runs
Japanese toilet company Toto has a bike that runs on poop. If you want to save on fuel and produce your own fuel instead, this is the bike for you. The toilet you see there is…
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Creepy Robot Doll Controlled by Smartphone

Creepy Robot Doll Controlled by Smartphone
Dolls can be creepy. Everyone knows that. But they have just upped the creep factor with this interactive smartphone controlled doll (some images at link NSFW) based on mascot character Mirai Suenaga. Just look at those…
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The Candy You Drink Straight from the Toilet

The Candy You Drink Straight from the Toilet
You probably wouldn’t let your dog drink out of your toilet, but did you know that there are actually people out there who would eat out of a toilet? Not out of a regular toilet, of…
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Tokyoflash Kisai Intoxicated: The Portable, Wearable Breathalyzer

Tokyoflash Kisai Intoxicated: The Portable, Wearable Breathalyzer
If you like to go out and have a drink, it’s always problematic when you have to decide whether to drive your own car back home. Sometimes, enough time has passed for you to no longer…
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This Robot Will Beat You at Air Hockey

This Robot Will Beat You at Air Hockey
If you fancy yourself a good air hockey player, this robot may have a thing or two to teach you. It comes from Japanese researchers at Chiba University’s Namiki Lab. It is pretty good at competing…
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Matches Literally Light up Faces

Matches Literally Light up Faces
Japan is one place where you can expect all sorts of novelty stuff to crop up, from fancy shirts and footwear to quirky headpieces and accessories. They’ve even got matches that are almost too fancy to…
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Tomy iPhone Stand Dances to Your Music (Until You Hit It with a Mallet)

Tomy iPhone Stand Dances to Your Music (Until You Hit It with a Mallet)
The latest iPhone accessory to enhance your music experience looks very hyper and annoying. It comes from Tomy and is an iPhone dock that dances to your tunes. It is compatible with iPhone 4/4S and iPhone…
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Cat Scratching Post Smartphone Stand Is a Real Head-Scratcher

Cat Scratching Post Smartphone Stand Is a Real Head-Scratcher
We know that cats like to play with iPads, but it turns out they also like iPhones. While these tiny cats may look like they’re scratching up the back of your smartphone, they really are there…
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