A nine to five job isn’t the most pleasant way to spend eight hours of your day and more often than not, these can cause headaches, extreme stress, a dull mind and drowsy eyes. To make things easier, Thanko has recently unveiled this fantastic device that you can use at work, without causing too much of a distraction! A definite way to relieve stress, the Thanko USB helmet-massager slips onto your head to give you a relaxing and fantastic massage, at your work place! Reminiscent of artifacts from the Tron franchise, this helmet weighs in at just 434 grams.
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Disney has been known to collaborate with Japanese companies for limited edition products be it dish antennas, mobile phones, Music players, etc. A recent creation from this mash up are a pair of earphones where the head of your favorite Disney character pops up on one end and their butt from the other. You can choose between Mickey, Minnie, Winnie and Chip & Dale for 2100 Yen each ($ 20).
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Kanagawa prefecture a small town in Southern Japan is soon to get a healthy dose of green and manga. In a bid to promote its Electric Vehicle charging station Panasonic has collaborated with Gianax the studio behind the hugely popular and cult anime series ‘Evangelion’ to roll out charging stations based on the characters from the series. Models DNE3000 and DNE3300 will be installed at popular locations in the prefecture.
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Drones, quad-copters and UAVs (unmanned air vehicles) are being used very frequently for a wide range of services across the bar with big names like Dominoes and NatGeo using them for various purposes. Now, they’re even going to help inspect bridge and other building constrictions. As part if the NEXCO East “smart highway maintenance” of (SMH) initiative, a UAV quad-copter is being tested that would be used to survey the new bridge erected over the Kanetsu Tone River Bridge in Gunma Prefecture. This would normally be done manually wherein a person would be required to inspect all aspects of the construction. The demo of initiated for the SMH service was to try and make the survey job easier and faster by deploying UAVs to scout around the bridge construction and capture detailed footage of all aspects, including the hard to reach areas.
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For some reason the bright minds at D.C.T. a toy company in Japan decided to officially mash up the pizza craving and crime fighting Mutant Turtles also one of the most popular American cartoon characters with the Japan’s ever feminine export – Hello Kitty. The result is right here, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo in supposedly cute and effeminate avatars wearing bows. Their weapons the sword, nunchucks, etc have also been Hello Kitizied. cute or not you decide.
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Being laid back is no longer just a metaphorical reference to someone who likes taking things easy and procrastinates over every flimsy detail or decision in life. In Japan it’s taken much too literally with the hammock cafes. The country houses around four hammock cafes as of now and the trend is likely to catch up not only in the land of the rising sun but across the West as well. Some may argue that eating cake or swallowing down coffee may be awkward in a hammock but for all we know, these havens of relaxation may be the inspiration for those stunning ideas we see taking shape in Kapan every now and then.
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Located in Tokyo’s Saitama prefecture is the Metropolitan spillway a 6.5 kms tunnel which runs 50 meters underground. It is one the most massive underground flood management systems in the world. The scale of which can only be judged from the above picture. On November 16th and 17th authorities held tours of the so called Underground Temple drains, needless to say enthusiasts from all over the country flocked for an experience of their life time. A guided tour took the visitors deep inside the drain system and to the pump room which uses massive pumps to pump 200 tons of water second into the Egokawa river.
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McDonalds Japan has a treat for kids and adults alike, starting November 22 the fast food giant will be offering Super Mario toys along with its Happy Meals. On offer would be eight individual Mario toys which would come complete with individual sound effects like Mario hitting the Hatena block, him coming out of the Clay pipe, Jumping over the flag and so forth, also on offer would be Princess Peach, Yoshi and other avatars of the Italian Plumber.
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Remember the cute little PaPeRo robot from Japan which looked like a real life version of the R2D2 droid? Rather Nissan even used it as a navigation assist in one of its concept cars like the rebel ships in the Star Wars Movie. Though it is more than a decade old now, but it was continuously developed by NEC (the company which built it) to keep its technology updated. The Japanese company has now introduced a newer, lighter and more advanced version of its PaPeRo R500 robot. Named the ‘PaPeRo Put’ or PaPeRo small, it is twice as small as its predecessor and is equipped with a lot of sensors including thermometer, radar and distance sensor and several cameras.
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Ever get annoyed standing at a bar in a crowded club waiting for a pitiful glass of beer to drown your sorrows in? Let’s not kid ourselves; we’ve all had this problem at one time or another and more frequently for those who party harder than most. Well it just so happens that the people of Japan are just fed up of this waiting for a brewski and their largest brewery, Asahi, has developed the perfect tool for the overcrowded-bar-waiter… a robot beer dispenser. This little beer dispenser can be hooked up to a keg and will dish out up to six glasses of beer at a time without wastage. It takes roughly around 12 seconds per glass.
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