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Ugrading home entertainment

Digital | ON: TECH Oct 14, 2018

Ugrading home entertainment

Summer's over, it's time for more home activities — gaming, movies, music, even practicing sports in the yard. Here's a few gadgets to help you enjoy your "me-time."

Dealing with disaster in Japan

Digital | ON: TECH Sep 16, 2018

Dealing with disaster in Japan

It's been a tough month for Japan. First the biggest typhoon in 25 years blew through the western region, then a major earthquake in Hokkaido swiftly followed. Both wreaked havoc and recovery is still in process. On Tech takes a look at apps offering ...

Facing an era of digital education

Digital | ON: TECH Jun 24, 2018

Facing an era of digital education

The International Tokyo Toy Show is often a good place to spot new gadgets and this year was no exception. On: Tech takes a look at a couple of toys showcased at the trade show this month, and some ideas of how technology can ...

The gadget scoop on Slush Tokyo

Digital | ON: TECH Apr 15, 2018

The gadget scoop on Slush Tokyo

On: Tech looks at a few items from Slush Tokyo, one of Japan's largest startup and tech conferences: Toletto, the smart litter box, the high-quality sound speaker Ovo and a smartphone-enhanced kendama game.

Figurative and literal lifesavers

Digital | ON: TECH Mar 18, 2018

Figurative and literal lifesavers

Keep your ears open for BoCo Bone-conduction earphones, a relatively new development in personal tech that allows users to listen to devices without blasting the eardrums, is finally being made small enough to be worn like earbuds. Up until now, virtually all bone-conduction earphones have ...

Changing the way that we live

Digital | ON: TECH Feb 18, 2018

Changing the way that we live

The perfect room mate Tomotaka Takahashi's first miniature walking, talking home-robot Robi was notable not only for being sold as a subscription-based DIY kit, but also for its lack of practical function. Robi's focus was on expressing emotions and being a companion. Since then, Takara ...

Gadgets that help to make it easy

Digital | ON: TECH Jan 14, 2018

Gadgets that help to make it easy

Mobile shopping Cerevo has developed a cashless mobile vending machine for vendors wanting to set up shop anywhere without the hassle of a salesperson or a register. The Qvie is a merchandise container that uses 3G and 4G networks to allow customers to unlock it ...