technology

Japanese portable alarm to keep laptops safe when working from a cafe smashes crowdfunding goal

Clever design means you never have to manually turn the alarm on or off.

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You can drive this car with a PlayStation controller, meaning Gran Turismo is now real【Video】

”The real driving simulator” indeed.

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Meet Qoobo, the cushion-shaped therapy robot with a moving tail!【Pics, Videos】

How would you like to be soothed by a robot that looks like a furry cushion with a tail?

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School in Tokyo lets students study with cute maids as they learn programming skills

Institution aims to please maid fans and help maids prepare for eventual career changes.

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New Japanese augmented-reality service lets you meet with deceased loved ones at their graves

What better way to say hi than by actually saying hi?

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The secret undo codes for Japanese elevator floor buttons

Elevate your elevator etiquette by deselecting a floor button you hit by accident.

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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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