Crowdfunding crowd pleasers

Digital | ON: TECH Nov 18, 2018

Crowdfunding crowd pleasers

by Chiho Komoriya

In the past, crowdfunding sites were primarily platforms for startups and individuals short of development funds. Now larger companies are seeing the benefits of allowing consumers to participate in the research and development of new products. Here are a couple of crowdfunded ideas that ...

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 ...

Smart ways to keep the smartphone in good shape

Digital | ON: TECH Jan 16, 2016

Smart ways to keep the smartphone in good shape

by Chiho Komoriya

The attraction to Iina-inobe cables Inspired by the MagSafe connectors on Macs, the Iina-inobe magnet cable does something very similar for iPhones, Androids tablets and other devices. This idea was so popular that it not only reached its target of ¥300,000 on the Japanese crowd-funding ...