Figurative and literal lifesavers

| Mar 18, 2018

Figurative and literal lifesavers

by Chiho Komoriya

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

| Feb 18, 2018

Changing the way that we live

by Chiho Komoriya

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

| Jan 14, 2018

Gadgets that help to make it easy

by Chiho Komoriya

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 ...

Smart ways to communicate

| Dec 17, 2017

Smart ways to communicate

by Chiho Komoriya

The Babel fish stick When overseas, trying to speak an unfamiliar language can be a difficult and stressful task, especially if you're on a vacation and there isn't enough time to learn useful phrases before heading out. Logbar has a solution that sounds like science ...

Home comforts, the tech way

| Nov 19, 2017

Home comforts, the tech way

by Chiho Komoriya

Wrapped up in the sound system To get an immersive sound experience while watching TV or an online video at home, so far your only choices have been an extremely expensive entertainment system or using headphones or earbuds. But what if you don't feel comfortable ...

New ways to find your voice

| Sep 17, 2017

New ways to find your voice

by Chiho Komoriya

Sing on key with Yamaha This December Yamaha is finally releasing to the public something that vocaloid fans have been waiting for: the Vocaloid Keyboard. Designed as a keytar, the Vocaloid Keyboard allows musicians to play singing voices, including that of the turquoise-haired character Hatsune ...