technology

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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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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