technology

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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Insanely detailed moving model gun is even more awesome than its Psycho Pass counterpart【Video】

Consumer electronics manufacturer Cerevo recently introduced an ultra-detailed replica of the Dominator – an iconic gun from the hit anime Psycho Pass. You need to see this thing in action.

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Someone is making new Hello Kitty flip phone in 2016…and we actually kind of want one!

Tired of the battle between iOS and Android? Time to get a Hello Kitty flip phone!

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Get a massage on the go with a smartphone-controlled AiraWear massage hoodie

Don’t have the cash or time for an appointment with a masseuse? No worries; this new massage hoodie promises to work out your knots while you sit back and relax.

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Machine that perfectly plays Taiko Master is totally mesmerizing and totally cheating【Video】

Machines will completely rule our lives someday, so why not have them help us with our video games now?

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This Japanese startup has created a hologram assistant to control all your devices

Feeling jealous of Tony Stark’s Jarvis? Soon, you may have a hologram assistant of your own!

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The future is here: Panasonic unveils interactive, transparent display at CES 2016

Panasonic showed off a transparent display seemingly straight out of Tony Stark’s lab at this year’s CES in Las Vegas.

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New wearable device reads your pet’s mind (to remind you they’re probably annoyed at you)

The pet wearables venture company, Anicall, promises a new device and accompanying smartphone app that can read your pet’s emotions.

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Drinky: The South Korean robot ready to share a glass of booze with lonely drinkers 【Video】

With this mechanical friend, you’ll never have to drink alone!

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ASUS: Four little letters that are a pain to pronounce

There’s a strong chance you’ve been pronouncing this company’s name wrong the whole time.

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Creepy promo video for wearable translation device has foreign man trying to kiss Tokyo women

Finally! You no longer have to let language barriers keep you from lying to random girls you meet on the street of a foreign land.

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Researchers use uniformity of Japanese language to read people’s minds

A research group from the Kyushu Institute of Technology have announced that they have successfully read certain words and letters from people’s minds without them saying anything.

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Japan gears up for foreign visitors with new interactive vending machine

Have you ever looked at a vending machine in Japan and had no idea what the strange, kanji-labelled drinks were? Now there’s a new interactive service that will explain everything for you!

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A look at the innovative yet bizarre technology coming out of China【Video】

One YouTube vlogger explores some of the greatest tech Shenzhen, home to what many consider to be the world’s best electronics market, has to offer.

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New product combines PC, keyboard and mouse into one for a super-compact desktop computer

…monitor not included.

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People are really excited about that ‘Doraemon-like’ translating megaphone

There’s a new megaphone in the works that can translate the speaker’s message into three languages—and people in Japan can’t get over how ‘Doraemon’ the whole thing is.

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