Today's modern home helpers

| May 14, 2017

Today's modern home helpers

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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 ...

Technological fun for the home

| Apr 16, 2017

Technological fun for the home

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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

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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'

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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 ...

Line takes on Instagram with Moments app

| Nov 19, 2016

Line takes on Instagram with Moments app

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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 ...

Crowdsourcing design and tech

| Sep 17, 2016

Crowdsourcing design and tech

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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? ...

Wearable tech for the summer

| Jul 16, 2016

Wearable tech for the summer

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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 ...

Bright ideas for bookmarks, toys and apps

| Jun 18, 2016

Bright ideas for bookmarks, toys and apps

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Kyouei Design’s flashy bookmark The tech-savvy may prefer to read e-books from tablets these days, especially since one of the advantages is that the device is often backlit making it easier to see text in dim environments. Printed matter, however, never seems to lose ...