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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Crowdsourcing design and tech

| Sep 17, 2016

Crowdsourcing design and tech

Designing jewelry just for fun Handmade goods are popular in Japan, with online marketplaces such as Etsy and Creema proving successful. But what if you like the idea of designing, but don’t have the time or resources to find materials and actually make something? ...

Tech ways to deal with everyday chores

| Aug 20, 2016

Tech ways to deal with everyday chores

Wake up, it’s a beautiful morning Waking up to natural sunlight is not just a nice way to wake up, it actually inhibits the release of the hormone melatonin, which keeps you less alert, and helps you get up faster. Forcing yourself out of ...

Wearable tech for the summer

| Jul 16, 2016

Wearable tech for the summer

Orphe encourages you to dance in the dark No New Folk Studio’s prototype of its Orphe “smart footwear” was well-received last year, when its Indiegogo campaign raised more than 200 percent of its target. Now, the sneakers are finally available for pre-order via Isetan’s ...