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Tag Archives: Japan

Handy Salt Meter Lets You Know When Your Grub’s Too Salty

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Too much of a good thing is often bad for you, and that especially holds true to salt.

While salt-laden foods might be yummier, they’re also a whole lot unhealthier. So watch what you’re eating and keep track of the level of saltiness of your food when you can. Making the latter easier is the Handy Salt Meter. It’s got a LED display that lights up according to how salty your food is. All you have to do is turn it on and stick it into your food.

It doesn’t work on solid or cold food though, so you just have to use your better judgment for those.

The Handy Salt Meter is available online for $19.80.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ C|NET ]

Inink’s Playful Tees: Wear Your iPod on Your Shirt

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Some people wear their hearts on their sleeve, but you can wear your iPod instead. It’s more than just a novelty, because this shirt by inink can actually come in handy, especially if you listen to music a lot. If you’ve never sprung for one of those iPod or iPhone armbands that let you run, jog, or do whatever it is you need to do with both hands, then this shirt is a fun alternative.

These shirts are part of inink’s “pocket series.” All of the shirts in this run come with a translucent, sealable pocket that lets you carry small-sized items like your iPod, phone, handkerchief, and even your wallet. Just make sure you’re in a safe neighborhood before parading around with your essentials highly visible on your chest, though.

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

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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

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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.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geekosystem ]

So This is a $50 Hello Kitty Melon…

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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!

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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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