Smart ways to communicate

Digital | ON: TECH 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

Digital | ON: TECH 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

Digital | ON: TECH 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 ...

Strange days of today's technology

Digital | ON: TECH Jul 16, 2017

Strange days of today's technology

by Chiho Komoriya

Hang in there, the stinky summer could soon be over Summer always seems to come with an increased level of bad odors. Whether it's from sweat, smoke or food, smells seem to get more powerful in the heat and humidity. Panasonic, however, has come up with ...

Set to go with the push of a button

Digital | ON: TECH Jun 18, 2017

Set to go with the push of a button

by Chiho Komoriya

A very meta instant camera Japan's biggest toy fair, the International Tokyo Toy Show, is always a good place to discover new gadgets, even if they are originally designed for kids. This year it was held June 1-4 and one product proved particularly popular with ...

Today's modern home helpers

Digital | ON: TECH May 14, 2017

Today's modern home helpers

by Chiho Komoriya

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 viable, but ...

Technological fun for the home

Digital | ON: TECH Apr 16, 2017

Technological fun for the home

by Chiho Komoriya

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

Digital | ON: TECH Feb 18, 2017

Techie home comforts

by Chiho Komoriya

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 doll ...

Here's to a new age of 'reality'

Digital | ON: TECH Jan 14, 2017

Here's to a new age of 'reality'

by Chiho Komoriya

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 actually ...