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Tag Archives: Japan

Thanko’s USB-Powered Shoe Cooler

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If you don’t mind looking a little strange, Thanko Japan has a fun little gadget that could help you keep your feet a couple of degrees cooler than your surroundings. It’s a USB-powered clip-on fan that directs air straight onto your feet, dropping their temperature by a reported 3 degrees Celcius. Yes, that does mean that on top of having to attach a strange looking plastic doodad to your shoes, you have to tether them to a USB port. You’ll be the talk of the office, that much is clear, but at least it won’t be because of how smelly your feet are. If you don’t mind the indignity, it’s 3,480 Japanese Yen (US $34) to own.

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[ Product Page (Google Translate) ] VIA [ AkihabaraNews ]

This Wristband Can Help You Stop Snoring

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Keeping your neighbours awake with your late night nasal concertos? The market is flooded with a myriad of products who claim to be able to help you, and the Goodbye Ibiki-kun EB-RM1810 is yet another one. This Japanese wristband can hear you snoring, and if you do so more than 3 times in one night, will generate a small electric current that should in theory prompt you to switch positions without waking you up. Often just turning to your side can help stop the snoring, so this could actually work. That said, it’s also not something you couldn’t achieve with a simple smartphone application, and you wouldn’t have to pay 7,980 yen (roughly $78) for it.

VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Commute Case Folds Open and Transforms Into a Scooter

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The Commute-Case looks like something you’d see on the Jetsons with its sleek and futuristic design. While it looks like some strange contraption to be used to wheel your briefcase around, it’s actually much more than that. It’s a compact electric scooter that folds into a briefcase or trolley when it’s not in use.

When you’re ready to go, just fold it open and scoot along. The Commute-Case weighs 27 pounds with a weight capacity of 275 pounds. It has a top speed of 12.5mph and boasts of a 25-mile range. Like most scooters, it’s weatherproof and comes with a manual handbrake.

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Bake, Eat, Repeat: Bakeable Kit Kats

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Have a break, have a Kit Kat! But if your break is longer than the average, then why settle for a regular Kit Kat when you can have a baked one? This latest offering is only available at Japan’s Kit Kat Chocolaterie and is dubbed as “Delicious When Baked Pudding Flavored Kit Kats.” They’re essentially mini-sized, pudding-flavored Kit Kats that you’re supposed to pop into the oven before eating.

When heated in a toaster, the sugar content in the chocolate hardens into a solid candy-like state faster than the chocolate on the surface melts, resulting in a chocolate and wafer biscuit combination with a texture resembling a cookie and a sweet caramelized smell.

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So This Exists: Spaghetti Flavored Popsicles

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It’s no news that people around the world eat all manner of strange foods; at least they’re strange to our Western sensibilities. But Japan often seems to take the cake with their creations. Case in point, the above Gari-Gari Kun which popsicle comes in Spaghetti flavour. We’re not sure if the actual taste is that of tomatoes and pasta, or if spaghetti is a euphemism for “a chunky looking mixture of red blobs and off-white… stuff”. We’re kind of hoping it’s the real deal, because frankly why not? The company also makes other offbeat flavours, like Corn Pottage and Rice Cakes with Bean Paste.

Anyone in Japan ever tried one of these?

VIA [ ThatsNerdALicious ]

Best Prank Ever: Guy Blasted 50 Meters Through the Roof As He Wakes Up

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The morning after a night of partying is the worst. Most people take a while to recover before they come to their senses when they’re hungover, but Japanese comedian Toshiaki Kasuga had no choice but to awaken from his drunken stupor immediately. People from the prank show purposely got him drunk the night before and strapped him into the bed in preparation for the prank.

Not only was he suddenly exposed to bright fireworks and the great outdoors, but his rude awakening comprised of him being strapped onto a bed and flung out fifty meters through the roof at the base of Mt. Fuji!

Hit the break for a clip of the prank in its entirety!
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Revijour True Love Tester Bra: If It Ain’t True Love, It Ain’t Unhooking

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Japanese lingerie company Ravijour has come up with a revolutionary albeit unusual piece of lingerie dubbed as the “True Love Tester Bra.” As its name implies, the brassiere comes with built-in sensors that monitors its wearer’s heart rate and vital stats. The sensors also keep track of the secretion of a certain hormone called Catecholamine, which apparently is secreted only when a women is truly in love.

Data on these stats are sent via Bluetooth to a smartphone that’s running the bra’s companion app, which measures heart rate elevation, to determine whether it’s the real deal or just a fling. When it’s deemed to be the former, the app will wirelessly unhook the bra.

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Chips and Soda In One: Mountain Dew-Flavored Cheetos

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Mountain Dew goes great with Cheetos, but it doesn’t necessarily follow through that Mountain Dew-flavored Cheetos would taste good. It sounds extremely strange and unusual, but it’s an actual snack that’s available in Japan. It’s packaged in cups and were “made in cooperation with Pepsi, to ensure an authentic taste experience.”

It’s hard to imagine Cheetos not being cheesy or Mountain Dew not being fizzy–but hey, we won’t knock it until we’ve tried it.

Mountain Dew-flavored Cheetos is being sold for $3.80 a cup.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Safety Mode Locks Your Phone, So You Can’t Text While Walking

I’ve sure you’ve seen the clip above a few times before. It’s of a girl using her phone while walking in the mall. She’s completely oblivious as to where she’s headed that she falls into the foundation while texting. A lot of people get into accidents or scrapes because they pay more attention to their mobile phones instead of their surroundings.

Japanese cell phone provider DoCoMo wants to change that by adding a voluntary “safety mode” feature on their phones. The phone locks when it detects that the user is on the move and displays the following warning: “Using your smartphone while walking is dangerous. The phone senses you are walking. Please stop.”

If it’s an emergency and the user does need to use his phone while walking, he can tap the close button on the screen to use the phone for ten seconds, or hold down the power button to use the phone for five seconds.

VIA [ C|NET ]