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Tag Archives: Japan

MK3 Exoskeleton Suit Promises to Make Schoolgirls Better, Taller, Stronger

Exoskeleton Suit

Cyborgs might walk among us one day. For now, it’s just Japanese schoolgirls decked out in exoskeleton suits. You might have noticed that manufacturers turn to schoolgirls whenever they want to market some hot, new product in Japan. This time around, it’s the Powered Jacket MK3 developed by Sagawa Electronics.

It’s the first commercially available exoskeleton that’s being marketed in the country. Weighing in at just 55 pounds, the suit stands 7 feet tall and can be worn to travel around the city. It even bends over so its wearer can pick stuff up. For something that looks tough and mechanical, its wearer can have the suit grab an egg and crack it.

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Dancing Robot iPhone Stand Has Some Pretty Funky Dance Moves

Dancing Robot iPhone Stand

iPhone stands are infinitely more fun if they’re made in Japan. This particular one called the Dancing Face Stand by Takara Tomy dances to the tune of whatever music you choose to play and features your face prominently on your phone’s screen. All you have to do is fire up its companion app called FaceSing, take a photo, choose and set the music, and then watch the bot-like stand do its thing.

Hit the break for a video that shows off the stand in action. It’s silly, it’s oddly adorable, and it’s a whole lot fun.

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McDonald’s Japan To Serve 3/4 Pound “Mega Potato” Portion Of Fries

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In completely non-tech news, we’re hearing that all McDonald’s in Japan are gearing up to start selling the largest single portion of their iconic fries, and are calling it “Mega Potato”. In the process, it becomes the item on the menu with the most calories the chain has ever sold. Weighing 350g, or roughly three quarters of a pound, the comically wide container of fries packs a whopping 1,152 calories. Making up that half-day portion of calories is 60.9g of fat, 135.3g of carbs and (get this) 1,600mg of sodium. It’s the equivalent of two large portion of fries, and while the promotional material is clearly suggesting this is an item that’s meant to be shared we all know that if it was offered stateside, it’d be a one-man portion at best.

It’s being offered for a limited time, and for 490 yen or just under $5. So if you’re in Japan and are hankering for a man-size portion of fries, you won’t have to pay through the nose.

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So This is a $50 Hello Kitty Melon…

Hello Kitty Melons

So Hello Kitty melons exist.

They’re basically fruit with rinds that have been etched with one of the world’s most popular kitties–and because of that etching, its price has multiplied several times over than that of regular melon. It’s being made and sold by gourmet food specialty shop Belluna and apparently, they’re extremely limited in nature as only 300 of these will be made available.

The Hello Kitty melons will be on sale until July 31st or until stocks last for 4,980 yen (or about $50) each.

What will Japan think of next?

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Kooky Robots Let You Know If You Have Bad Breath or Stinky Feet

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Got bad breath and feet that can stink up an entire room? Then these robots will let you know. Developed by CrazyLabo and the Kitakyushu National College of Technology in Japan, the Kaori-chan and Shuntaro-kun robots will smell your breath and sniff your feet before letting you know just how much you’re stinking up the place. Kaori-chan will tell you what it thinks about your breath straight to your face, while Shuntaro-kun beats around the bush a little and shows you instead by either cozying up to you or losing consciousness.

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Sushi Cats: A Photo Series of Adorable Felines Served Up as Sushi

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Love cats? Love sushi? Then you’ll love Sushi Cats. Before you freak out and insist that you don’t find cat sushi appetizing, let me reassure you that Sushi Cats isn’t sushi that’s made from cats. Instead, it’s actually a photo series by Japan-based company Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts that showcases the most adorable cats dressed up as sushi.

The cats are perched on a comfortable-looking gigantic rice pillow and they’re “topped” with an array of stuff, ranging from condiments and seafood to handbags and striped socks. There are more photos from the series after the jump.

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Want Some ‘Iron Man 3′ Instant Noodles? Well, Come and Get It!

Iron Man Instant Noodles

Iron Man 3 will be hitting theaters in less than two weeks’ time and the hype is on hyperdrive. Aside from the endless barrage of trailers and promotions on the big screen as well as on the silver screen, a handful of themed toys have already been released on the market. Even stuff that you never thought would get made are getting made, like Iron Man 3 instant noodles.

It doesn’t come with a suit or any fire power, but it will give you that boost of energy your normally get after eating a particularly hearty meal.

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Make Your Beer All Frothy With Ultrasonic Technology

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They sure like a good head of foam on their beer, over in Japan. At least you’d think so when you consider this is the second product for making extra foam that we’ve come across, the first one being this self-frothing mug we wrote about last June. The Sonic Hour by Takara Tomy is a simple plastic base upon which you place a flat glass of beer; press a buttons and it’ll shake the bubbles to the top. We’re not convinced that this is going to make better beer, rather thinking it’s likely to make flatter beer. But hey, at $40 you can try it yourselves and see if this makes an acceptable solution to an inferior pour.

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Below-the-Belt Ads: Turn Your Butt Into a Billboard and Get Free Underwear

Free Underwear

Nothing is free in this world. I mean, you can sign up for free offers or subscriptions, but you’ll end up paying for these sooner or later, one way or the other. For example, there’s this site in Japan that’s called Free Pants, and while they’ll send anyone who wants a pair some free underwear, it’s not as free as they’ll think.

You see, each of the pants they’ll be shipping out will have some ad of some sort on the bottom. The logo of some deodorant or shampoo brand or a cable company will be printed and displayed prominently all over the wearer’s butt for the whole world–or for whoever happens to be with them in the bedroom, anyway–to see.

Interested? Sign up for a pair on Free Pants.

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