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Robotic Wheelchair Can Use Its Wheels as Legs: Clearly an Autobot

Robotic Wheelchair Can Use Its Wheels as Legs: Clearly an Autobot

A group of researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan have figured out how to make an off-road wheelchair. They created a robotic wheelchair that can use its wheels as legs, thanks to its…

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Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta to Get Low-Power IGZO Display

Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta to Get Low-Power IGZO Display

While a new crop of smartphones has just been released in the U.S., the Japanese aren’t going to fall behind anytime soon. They just upped the ante with the new Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E, which…

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Japanese Robot Mimics Complex Calligraphy

Japanese Robot Mimics Complex Calligraphy

It takes years for a person to learn how to write Japanese or Chinese characters. There’s good news though. Robots can do it a lot quicker. A research group has developed a ‘bot that can identify…

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Soineya Cafe Lets You Cuddle with Women for a Fee

Soineya Cafe Lets You Cuddle with Women for a Fee

Leave it to Japan to come up with something like Soineya. It’s the newest cafe in town and it’s probably the only of its kind in the world. That’s because instead of offering juice or coffee…

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Star Wars Eyeglasses: Use Your Peepers, Luke!

Star Wars Eyeglasses: Use Your Peepers, Luke!

If you’ve been thinking about picking up a new pair of eyeglasses, I think I might just have the thing that’ll get you up off your butt to order a pair. Yep, for the first time…

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R2-D2 Action Alarm Clock: Wake Me Obi Wan Kenobi, You’re My Only Hope

R2-D2 Action Alarm Clock: Wake Me Obi Wan Kenobi, You’re My Only Hope

In this world of Star Wars inspired gadgets, sometimes the same device gets rehashed. Yes, we’ve seen an R2-D2 alarm clock before, but that model simply projected the time on the ceiling. This new one actually…

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Cold Foam Helps You Chill out Instantly

Cold Foam Helps You Chill out Instantly

If you’re feeling overheated, you can always buy one of those “cooling mist” sprays, but they are typically just water or menthol in a spray can. This unique invention from Japan really is ice cold to…

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R/C Cockroach Controlled by iOS: Yep, There’s an App for That

R/C Cockroach Controlled by iOS: Yep, There’s an App for That

If you read the site regularly, you know that we here at Technabob love weird Japanese gadgets. Something you probably don’t already have lying around your office – a remote-controlled cockroach that you can drive with…

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Leaf Thermometer Tells Temperature by Changing Color

Leaf Thermometer Tells Temperature by Changing Color

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, fall is upon us. The leaves are already changing colors here in Chicago, a constant reminder that winter is coming. These special paper leaves are designed to work…

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Karakuri Ribbon Stretches Your Scalp to Eliminate Wrinkles

Karakuri Ribbon Stretches Your Scalp to Eliminate Wrinkles

Got a problem with your face? There’s little you can do to change what you look like (unless you opt for cosmetic surgery or Botox) but if the only thing you’re worried about are your wrinkles,…

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Baggage Conveyor System Zips Bags Along at 22MPH

Baggage Conveyor System Zips Bags Along at 22MPH

How many times have you been at the airport and waited what seemed like an eternity for your bags to show up. Oftentimes, this is due to the long, slow process of unloading bags from the…

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Burger King Japan’s Kuro Burger Looks Like They Burned the Bun

Burger King Japan’s Kuro Burger Looks Like They Burned the Bun

I have nothing against the color black, but when it comes to my food, I’d prefer it to be not black. I don’t know what Burger King Japan was thinking when they rolled out their black-bunned…

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Virtual Fire Wood Simulates the Real Deal, But Won’t Light You on Fire

Virtual Fire Wood Simulates the Real Deal, But Won’t Light You on Fire

The latest in a long line of completely unnecessary gadgets from Japan lets you pretend you’re carrying around a lit piece of fire wood. Why, because it’s something that hasn’t been done before, that’s why.…

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Colocolo Tablet Cleaner Rolls iPads Clean

Colocolo Tablet Cleaner Rolls iPads Clean

Do you constantly get greasy fingerprints all over the screen of your shiny glass tablet? If you’re like me, you probably just wipe it off with your shirt sleeve or maybe an eyeglass cleaning cloth. But…

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3D Indoor Navigation Tech Provides Amazing Accuracy

3D Indoor Navigation Tech Provides Amazing Accuracy

As you probably already know, GPS technology is pretty much useless once you’re inside of a building, so companies are working on ways to provide directional and navigational information while indoors. One very promising technology has…

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NTT DoCoMo Builds a Phone that Can Determine if You’re Hungry or Not

NTT DoCoMo Builds a Phone that Can Determine if You’re Hungry or Not

Some pretty good advice I’ve heard when it comes to gaining control of your weight is this: eat only when you’re hungry. But your perceptions might be a little mixed-up if you’ve lived your whole life…

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