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Strange days of today's technology

| Jul 16, 2017

Strange days of today's technology

Hang in there, the stinky summer could soon be over Summer always seems to come with an increased level of bad odors. Whether it’s from sweat, smoke or food, smells seem to get more powerful in the heat and humidity.Panasonic, however, has come up ...

Set to go with the push of a button

| Jun 18, 2017

Set to go with the push of a button

A very meta instant camera Japan’s biggest toy fair, the International Tokyo Toy Show, is always a good place to discover new gadgets, even if they are originally designed for kids. This year it was held June 1-4 and one product proved particularly popular ...

Today's modern home helpers

| May 14, 2017

Today's modern home helpers

Robotic window wiping For anyone who despises housework, robot home helpers are a blessing. Everyone knows iRobot’s Roomba vacuum cleaner, perhaps you’ve even heard of the same company’s Braava floor mop. But what about a robot window cleaner?Robotically cleaning vertical surfaces doesn’t sound viable, ...

Technological fun for the home

| Apr 16, 2017

Technological fun for the home

Gadget maker Cerevo has taken advantage of the hype surrounding this month's release of the Hollywood version of "Ghost in the Shell" by producing a 1/8 scale robot model of the original anime's AI combat-vehicle Tachikoma.

Techie home comforts

| Feb 18, 2017

Techie home comforts

A polite talking ted You may remember Paro, the therapeutic seal robot that has been successful enough to be used by therapists to help dementia patients with stress. Well now NTT DoCoMo has now collaborated with toy firm Iwaya, electronics maker Vitec and communication ...

Here's to a new age of 'reality'

| Jan 14, 2017

Here's to a new age of 'reality'

Feel the power of VR Everyone is now familiar with virtual-reality headsets, but what about other wearable VR equipment? Cerevo have announced an upcoming release of Taclim, which it says are the world’s first VR shoes and VR gloves. This tech allow users to ...

Entertaining tech that you can slip into your pocket

| Dec 17, 2016

Entertaining tech that you can slip into your pocket

The force can always be with you Just in time for the “Rogue One” release, SoftBank is asking its users to choose their allegiance to the Dark or Light side through its limited-edition Star Wars Sharp smartphones.The phone itself is pretty standard, but it’s ...

Line takes on Instagram with Moments app

| Nov 19, 2016

Line takes on Instagram with Moments app

Anyone looking for an application to record, edit and share video clips since Vine announced its imminent closure might be interested in checking out Line Moments, a video-sharing app that was released by the communications entity in October.Line Moments allows users to shoot 10-second ...

Catching a whiff of city circuitry and virtual reality

| Oct 15, 2016

Catching a whiff of city circuitry and virtual reality

Mapping out some circuitry Printed circuit-board maker Denshi Gihan recently came up with a novel way to showcase its manufacturing skills within an attractive product. The company made a series of iPhone and IC-card train-pass cases using circuitry and components to create designs that ...