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Can you guess where this amazing Japanese commuter train is hiding some extra seats? 【Video】

The wizardry starts when rush hour ends.

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A brief history of emoji, language standards, and why you can text piles of poo to your friends

You likely know that emoji originated in Japan, but do you know how they ended up basically everywhere in the world?

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Yamaha shows off their routers with sexy gravure-style calendar

“My packet switches bring all the boys to the yard…”

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Sony’s new projector is absolutely tiny, can make TV-sized projections anywhere 【Video】

Stop passing around your phone to share pics – just project them onto the closest wall… or tree!

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As Microsoft US’s AI chatbot turns racist troll, Japan’s won’t shut up about anime and hay fever

While Tay, Microsoft US’s deep-learning AI chatbot, devolves into a horrifying racist, Microsoft Japan’s Rinna has other things on her mind…

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New robot cat toy “Hello! Woonyan” is set to bring you mechanical cuddles, meows, and more

Now you and your kids can experience the fun of owning a cat without any of the hairballs!

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Roll a perfect six every time with this Japanese inventor’s new robotic die

Now, if only there were a 20-sided version, all our characters would be level 60!

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Proposed Seibu Rail express train is 50s futurism meets high-speed love-aid

Seibu Railways is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary with a brand new limited-express train. As innovative and cool as the proposed design is, the concept art is rather unfortunate-looking…

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New frontier in otaku tech smashes crowdfunding goal, set to ship soon.

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Sony officially announces pricing for PlayStation VR add-on for PlayStation 4

Here’s how much real-world money it’ll cost you to play in Sony’s virtual video game domain.

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Web-based emulator adds cool retro quasi-3D effect to classic NES games 【Video】

Vietnamese hobbyist Trần Vũ Trúc, using mostly undisclosed programming wizardry, introduced this Firefox browser-based emulator that adds a pixelized 3-D effect to many of the NES’s best games.

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Sony developing audio player that delivers music to you without putting a device in your ear

Company’s first Future Lab design aims to revolutionize how we listen to music.

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Keyboard with light-up, “flying” letters looks like a reverse typing rhythm game【Video】

A Japanese inventor creates a projection mapping-enabled keyboard with letters that fly out into space as you type.

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Weaponized wig offered to Donald Trump by Japanese inventor

Celebrity inventor and “Greatest Scientist in History” Dr. NakaMats throws his support behind the Republican front-runner in the form of the mightiest weapon known to man: Guard Wig.

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Sony’s Xperia Projector turns any surface into a smartphone interface【Video】

The electronics giant recently showed off a prototype device that can project an interactive, smartphone-like display onto any surface.

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The future is (almost) now with Mitsubishi’s proposed “Aerial Display” hologram tech

Mitsubishi says it’s coming close to perfecting the kind of floating “hologram” images seen in sci-fi films—and it hopes to introduce the “Aerial Display” technology in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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“Silence Straw” — Kyoto University raising money to fight noises caused by drinking straws

The only thing necessary for the triumph of noisy drinking straws is for good men to do nothing. Thankfully, Kotaro Takahashi is taking action, and Kyoto University has his back.

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Nissan unveils the world’s first “Intelligent Parking Chair”【Video】

You’ll never waste time pushing in chairs ever again thanks to this amazing new invention from Japanese car manufacturer Nissan.

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VR visit to Japanese swimsuit model’s apartment provides joy for dateless men on Valentine’s Day

Ai Shinozaki, one of Japan’s hardest-working models, extends some VR hospitality.

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Is it acceptable to break up via instant message? Japanese men and women weigh in

As hugely popular instant messaging app LINE supplants most other forms of communication in Japan, a poll asks young Japanese people: Is it okay to break up with someone by IM?

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