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Jess Mantell

Jess Mantell is a writer interested in the intersection of technology, cities, and food. Hailing from Toronto, she first arrived in Tokyo in 2005 and has been writing about gadgets and toys for The Japan Times since early 2012.

For Jess Mantell's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Bright, clean and airborne gift ideas

| Dec 12, 2012

Bright, clean and airborne gift ideas

The holidays are just around the corner, so for those who subscribe to a little late-December consumerism, here are a few ideas for your gift list. Cocorobo In the steady march of machines that will one day replace us mere humans, the robot vacuum ...

The return of Furby; Minnie sleeps over

| Nov 14, 2012

The return of Furby; Minnie sleeps over

Takara-Tomy has a habit of producing or distributing weird and wacky toys that incorporate interesting uses of technology, and two of its most recent releases are no exception. New Furby If you were one of the millions of people who owned a Furby back ...

Three new toys look back to the analog days

| Oct 10, 2012

Three new toys look back to the analog days

Remember when all the cool tech was lightning-fast and fit-in-your-pocket small? These days, our gadgets have become so impressive that the novelty of power and size has somehow lost its shine. Which is perhaps why the appeal of clunky, single-purpose retro gadgets is growing. ...

Smart notes, perfect rice and panoramic snaps

| Sep 12, 2012

Smart notes, perfect rice and panoramic snaps

With the most brutal of summer’s heat now behind us, you may be due for a little revitalization. Here are some neat tools to help get your thoughts in order, your body nourished, and to provide you with a little fun. Enjoy! Evernote Smart ...

3-D movies, games and <em>silence</em> on the go with your phone

| Aug 8, 2012

3-D movies, games and silence on the go with your phone

There is an ever-expanding array of peripherals for smartphones — particularly for iPhone, not just because it is the most popular brand but also because it has one standard body shape, unlike the multitude of Android phones, making it easier to build attachments for. ...

Gadgets for fat fingers, rich kids and video thrills

| Jul 11, 2012

Gadgets for fat fingers, rich kids and video thrills

Whether you are big, small, active or lazy, here is your monthly round-up with a little something for everyone. iPhone dialing wand Here is a handy little product for the digitally well endowed — a smartphone touch-pen that plugs into the device’s earphone jack. ...

This summer, take your gadgets camping, too

| May 9, 2012

This summer, take your gadgets camping, too

With the balmy weather and a relaxing pause from hectic day-to-day life during Golden Week, I’m sure many people have been inspired to start planning some kind of getaway to the countryside when things really heat up. Many may argue that a trip out ...