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 ...

Time to watch out for those kids

| Feb 20, 2016

Time to watch out for those kids

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Get ready to answer the cat phone Aimed at kids — or even adults who love all things kawaii (cute) — the Hello Kitty Figurine KT-01 smartphone, created by Japanese startup Ola, is just as the name suggests: a cute palm-sized figurine that flips ...

Going for new and old-school tech

| Nov 14, 2015

Going for new and old-school tech

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Get your claws on an old-school game This is for fans of arcade claw-crane games or UFO catchers. Consumer-electronics company E-Balance has released “Waku Waku New Crane Game” a mini arcade game for the home — or maybe even the office. Aimed at pleasing ...