technology

First-ever electronic taiko developed with help from world-famous Japanese drum troupe

Kodo drummers help modern technology blend with one of Japan’s most traditional instruments.

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Crummy Japanese dish dryer still gets five-star reviews on Amazon for unexpected reason

Many are calling this a “high-performance” product even though it’s apparently terrible at drying dishes.

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AI website’s automatic anime character designs are cute, quick, and free for anyone to create

Picking parameters and having a brand-new anime-style character made takes only a few seconds.

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New Japanese “friendfunding” app lets you ask your pals for money crowdfunding-style

Platform allows you to set up projects that only your friends can contribute funds to.

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Chinese artificial intelligence gets shut down for slamming the Communist Party

The programmers sure did a heck of a job on this AI.

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CG saleswoman deployed by Japanese brewer to hawk beer at supermarket【Video】

The future of pitching alcohol has arrived in Japan.

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Sushi-delivering robots to go into operation in Japan next month

If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we have robots deliver our sushi? Oh, wait, apparently we can do that too.

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Think mosquitoes suck? Japan’s Shock Extermination Stick lets you suck some mosquitoes instead

Eliminate your insect enemies with the powers of vortexes and electricity.

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There’s a KFC smartphone going on sale in China【Video】

Is Colonel Sanders ready to join Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as a technological icon?

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Japan Railways wants to build a team of robots to help travelers, catch criminals in its stations

JR East sets up new company to help make its robot-filled vision of the future a reality.

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Japanese quality! Antique 70-year-old battery still works great to power a modern calculator

This WWII-era battery still has what it takes to tumble with modern devices.

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AKB48 mega-fan creates labour-saving CD packaging-opening machine【Video】

Although presumably created at great expense and effort.

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Artificial intelligence crafts gorgeous anime sequences four times smoother than originals【Video】

Researcher cranks up the silky smoothness with AI-assited in-between animation.

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Pikachu becomes a phone-charging butt plug in knockoff Pokémon merch from China

And it doesn’t get any better when he’s looking at you.

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Japanese company builds elevator so fast it could “carry you to Mt. Fuji’s peak in three minutes”

But the elevator won’t be operating in Japan.

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Japanese lab develops wearable robot arms controlled by feet

Swamped with work? Let MetaLimbs lend you a hand…or two.

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Japanese bakeries can now use a Robocop-style bread recognition checkout system

Overkill or overkill like a fox?

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Japanese researchers redesign electric car to go farther than ever before on a single charge

The Wireless IWM Unit 2 turns a flaw of a electric vehicles into a strength, opening a world of possibilities.

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Tokyo IT firm is looking for “Beer Interns” who’re willing to drink while on the job

No need to wait until the workday is done before knocking back a cold one, and it just might lead to a full-time position.

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“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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