A black cat with long ear-fur resembling horns has caused quite a stir in Japan’s cyberspace. Photos of the feline fiend have spread across the internet, prompting a surge of comments, shares and likes from users of the website etoday.net. Cats are well-known for their cold, somewhat devilish traits, and Japan has a history of popular moggy mythology including the …
Where else in the world could this wacky Kuma phone originate from but Japan? I’m not saying the Japanese are wacky, I’m just acknowledging that a lot of ‘out there’ gadgets and design concepts often originate from this tech savvy country. Willcom could have made a bit more effort though and used a stuffed bear that doesn’t look like it’s been dragged through a bush, the washing machine ten times, and then picked up from a charity shop. Its matted fur doesn’t look very inviting, so it’s safe to say you probably wouldn’t want to hold it up to your face and talk into its crotch to make a phone call would you? Thank heavens it’s only a concept phone at the moment then.
Hamsters – don’t like ‘em, don’t get ‘em, don’t want ‘em. I had one as a child, and it lasted about 18 months longer than my interest in it. It even survived a house fire, even though it was in the same room as the fire started – seriously, this thing was indestructible.
But I accept that there’s a market both for the rodents themselves, and apparently, little robotic versions of them.
You and I both know that these chopsticks don’t really count as gadgets, no matter how I try to dress them up as ‘the original, oldest and most enduring low-fi gadget’. But you and I both know that sticking a Hello Kitty theme on something pretty much guarantees it a place in the Shiny Shiny archives.
Ahhh the weird and wonderful world of the Japanese. Yes we are fully aware this isn’t a gadget, but it’s toooooo kooky for us not to bring your attention to it (we just couldn’t resist). We’re all aware that Japan is a bit different (and that’s me being polite), so it’s no surprise then that it’s a tradition of theirs to hand out cigars when celebrating the birth of a new baby.
Some things should just NEVER be allowed to merge together. In this instance, it’s Gameboys and ridiculously clumpy, ugly and cheap-looking shoes. OMG where do I start with these eyesores, these monstrosities, this absolutely hideous piece of, dare I say it, fashion. No surprises there.
As the world gets increasingly tech-orientated, women are apparently at the forefront of what’s hot in the world of tech. Gone are the days where we’re associated with cutesy/pink/sparkly/basic gadgets. According to Sony Ericsson, we spend more on gadgets than we do on shoes – on average, £391 a year. That’s a total of £17 billion. Not only that, we’re also driving the uptake of online video and web TV (high-five ladies).
You have to love Japan, and not just for their crazy addiction to Hello Kitty, but for all the other weird and wacky gadgets they produce. They’ve just given us details of their new massager, the Auto Healther Reiz DZ-270, which sounds ever so pleasant. You lie in its murky womb like confines, and lower the head
Now this isn’t the first wacky fitness gadget we’ve seen, ( anyone remember the oh so great Safetox?) but it is one of the funniest. Entitled the Easy Beautiful Butt Cushion (I’m sure that sounded a lot more lyrical in Japanese) it says it will turn your arse from flabby into fit. Quite how it aims to do this is unclear, as all you have to
How much do you love Hello Kitty? Enough to purchase a washing machine emblazoned with Japan’s favourite feline? I thought not. Is it me or is this pushing it just a tad? I can only imagine this slightly hideous contraption would find itself a home in a really pink and frilly house somewhere to match all the Hello Kitty cups/plates/wallpaper etc (You know the general stuff owned by Hello Kitty obsessives)
Like most innovative and must-have pieces of technology, the world’s first 3D television has been released in Japan. So all those people over there with half a million yen lying about (that’s £2,500 to us) and an urge to watch everything in third dimensional form will be among the first to experience television 3D style.
I didn’t think there were many things that could actually make me crave the warm salty droplets of tears from the sky, but the possibility of being able to photograph my fellow commuters and rain splattered buddies is simple to great to ignore. This hi tech brolly includes a
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