technology

“Drunk Mode” added to Japanese rail navigation smartphone app

Too tipsy to type? One tap will find the way home for you, plus tell you how much time you’ve got before your night out becomes an all-nighter.

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Send a free drink to a friend with Japan’s newest coinless vending machines【Video】

We try out the new system at a high-tech digital vending machine in Tokyo.

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Life imitates Poké-art as electric Pikachu battery packs generate too much heat, cause recall

Pikachu apparently doesn’t know how to tone down the strength of his electricity powers.

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Japanese Android OBJECT project might soon be taking your life to the 22nd century

Android experiment OBJECT took over 200 submissions for ideas and produced these four futuristic products.

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Instead of waiting for Nintendo’s Switch, this awesome gamer made his own portable Super Famicom

Sure, Nintendo’s upcoming hybrid system looks cool, but retro gamers are already gushing over this cool customization of a classic console.

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New robot moe figure is here to sing and dance for you all day long【Video】

The Internet of Things (IoT) finds its newest home in a pint-sized moe-cute figure who gyrates for your pleasure.

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AnkiSnap pen turns highlighting into a smartphone game that makes studying a breeze【Video】

Do you highlight things but still forget them? AnkiSnap might be able to help!

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Clever Japanese mom creates unbeatable iPad ad-blocker that requires no downloads or updates

No programming skills? No problem for this inventive mother.

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Heater-equipped hanten Japanese jackets mix modern technology and traditional winter fashion

Clever idea helps wearers cope with the cold with a new take on the retro garment.

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Starbucks teams up with Japanese clothing brand to create stylish new contactless payment system

Check out how the cool crowd orders coffee at Starbucks in Japan.

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Lonely Japanese gamers giddy over the prospect of getting to smell girls in VR titles

Will new technology let them really experience the scent of virtual girls?

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Tokyo bus operator adds free-to-use USB chargers for tech-loving passengers

While you’re progressing towards your destination, your smartphone could be progressing towards a full charge.

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Tokyo Metro employs megaphone translation tech at station near Harajuku

The underground train operator has commissioned several real-time translation megaphones to facilitate communication with foreign customers.

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Japanese designer creates beautiful VR map of his country, destroys it with laser beams【Video】

VoxelKei has been working to create the ultimate VR map of Japan, allowing people the chance to explore an extremely detailed rendering of the entire country. Oh, and also fire massive death rays at it.

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New white nurse uniforms use non-transparent fabric to hide underwear, receive backlash from men

“The technology is great, but from a man’s point of view….”

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Live with a 3-D virtual servant inside your home with Gatebox, now available for pre-order【Video】

Azumi the holographic robot wants to brush teeth, watch TV, and send cute text messages together with you.

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“I can’t tell if they’re real!” Robotic fish amaze Japanese Twitter with lifelike movements 【Vid】

Cut the carp and tell us if these are real already!

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Amazon releases new Kindle model specifically designed for manga readers

Beefed-up specs and functions address the needs of Japanese comic fans.

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IT infrastructure becomes cute anime girls in Japan’s latest educational anthropomorphism project

Whoa, check out the size of that girl’s DRAM!

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Innovative electronic drumming pants makes touching yourself a musical affair

“Ding ding ding-ding! Oh yeah!!” That’s what he said. Or rather, what his crotch said.

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