Tag - inventions



Nikon's new microscope specialized for intracytoplasmic sperm injection, a fertility treatment
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 3, 2024
Nikon develops microscope for fertility treatment
The product reduces the number of operational steps involved in intracytoplasmic sperm injection by about 75%.
LignoSat, the world's first wooden satellite, unveiled at Kyoto University in Kyoto on Tuesday
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 29, 2024
Kyoto University and Sumitomo Forestry unveil world's first wooden satellite
LignoSat is developed with the aim of combating space clutter and promoting more environmentally friendly space activity.
New study questions the trend of scientific breakthroughs and examines the changing landscape of innovation.
Jan 8, 2024
Have scientific breakthroughs declined?
From curing disease to reducing global warming, there’s no shortage of hard scientific problems crying out for solutions.
A Toyo Safety Industrial helmet with a built-in fan is showcased at Extreme Heat Countermeasures Exhibition in Tokyo in July.
Jul 31, 2023
Fan-cooled beds and baby carriers among new gadgets to beat heat
At Tokyo’s annual trade show last week the focus was on how to keep workers in high-temperature environments cool and reduce the risk of heatstroke.
The CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, where the AI Suitcase was introduced, in Anaheim, California, in March
Jul 30, 2023
AI luggage for people with visual impairments nets rave reviews
The groundbreaking assistive technology recently underwent its first overseas public trial, garnering significant interest and sparking discussions about its future practical applications.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 4, 2023
Japanese app aims to help detect pain in cats
Since its release last month, 'Cat Pain Detector' has racked up 43,000 users, mostly in Japan but also in Europe and South America.
Japan Times
Jul 4, 2023
Tokyo researchers develop robot arms to 'unlock creativity'
The Jizai Arms were inspired by traditional Japanese puppetry and a quasi-horror short story.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jun 23, 2023
Chemical-maker Kao unveils new way to combat mosquitoes
Researchers found that spraying a solution that allows mosquitoes' wings to become wet can prevent them from flying and knock them out of the air.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
New device to speed up disposal of dud shells from Battle of Okinawa
The explosion-proof container is expected to reduce the evacuation area in a residential district during bomb disposal work to one third of the present size.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2023
Japanese AI startup launches robot for home use
Weighing 10 kilograms, the Kachaka robot can carry up to 20 kg, including its attached table. It moves as fast as 80 centimeters per second.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2023
Japan's first piloted flying taxi test held ahead of 2025 Expo
Osaka plans for the 'flying cars' to be among the expo's main attractions, with the vehicles expected to provide access to the event venue.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 24, 2022
Japan-led researchers develop rechargeable cyborg cockroach
The team hopes the study will contribute to the practical use of cyborg insects, including the ability to search for survivors trapped in rubble or to collect data in hazardous zones.
Japan Times
Sep 8, 2022
Tokyo aims to make practical use of artificial rain technology
In Japan, research into weather modification started in the 1950s, with Tokyo introducing artificial rain generators in 1965.
Japan Times
Feb 19, 2020
Edison, Morse and Watson? AI poses question of who's an inventor
Computers using artificial intelligence are discovering medicines, designing better golf clubs and creating video games.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 9, 2019
NASA unveils its first all-electric plane, the X-57 Maxwell
NASA, best known for its many Florida-launched forays into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 Maxwell, on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.
Japan Times
Nov 8, 2019
Put down that phone! Indonesians invent device to aid internet addicts
From browsing social media to watching videos and chatting with friends, Indonesian university student Tyas Sisianindita spends about eight hours a day on her phone.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 25, 2019
Alleged operator of illegal manga site arrested while being deported from the Philippines
Japanese police arrested a 27-year-old man aboard a plane Tuesday as he was being deported by Philippines immigration authorities, for allegedly operating an illegal manga-viewing website that hosted copies of popular comics such as "One Piece."
Aug 4, 2019
French inventor Franky Zapata crosses English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard
French inventor Franky Zapata on Sunday succeeded in crossing the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard he designed, after a previous ended with him falling into the sea.
Apr 24, 2019
Japan drafting guidelines to stop technology leaks from universities working with foreign firms
The government will set guidelines by the end of March next year for preventing technology leaks from universities that conduct research with foreign firms, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.
Japan Times
Nov 13, 2017
With two patents under her belt, Aichi junior high school girl looks to help other inventive kids
Asuka Kamiya, 14, a second-year student from Meisho Junior High School in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, has established with her father a company to help elementary and junior high school students apply for patents and commercialize their inventions.


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