What could be more blissful than lying back on your picnic blanket while a robot picks perfectly ripe strawberries for you?
Yes, we all share this arcadian dream. Sadly, it comes with a $50,000 price tag.
That's roughly how much a new strawberry-picking robot will cost when it goes on sale in Japan early next year, so start saving now. … Read more
I've always wanted a "Star Trek"-style replicator. I'd use it to prepare my Earl Grey tea as well as a top hat for every day of the week.
Kids at a school for the blind and visually impaired in Japan, though, already have a replicator of sorts. It's a 3D printer that creates various objects in response to voice commands.
TOKYO -- File this one under "problems you didn't know you had till now." The Goron tablet cushion from Japan lets you use your handheld device longer while lying down as it takes away the difficult task of holding said device. Basically a cushion with an adjustable arm, the Goron lets you clamp something as small as a smartphone to a monitor for your game console so you can look at the screen with your head comfortably on the cushion.
This will let you play hours of Candy Crush without the risk of your iPhone dropping on … Read more
During a press conference in Japan, Sony has announced the release date and price of the Sony PlayStation 4 in Japan. It will start selling on February 22, and go for 39,980 yen (US$400), or 43,980 yen (US$441) with the camera accessory.
This is three months after the US release date of November 15, and November 29 for parts of Europe, including the UK. According to Sony, the February release date makes sure that there's time for US titles to be localized for the Japan market at launch, and dedicated Japanese titles, too.
There will … Read more
NTT DoCoMo will finally take the plunge and carry the iPhone later this month -- so the Japanese media says. This has created quite a stir.
Japan's leading business daily, Nikkei -- where the No. 1 ranking story for readers on Friday was about the market reaction to the DoCoMo-iPhone news -- has run a series of stories trying to spell out the impact on Japan's largest carrier and the overall market.
One Friday headline asked how the "power structure" of the telecommunications market will change in Japan and pointed out that DoCoMo will have to … Read more
"Robots take their first step for a future of hope," the first talking space robot has said in its inaugural message from the International Space Station.
Kirobo's voice sounds more like a squeak than the mighty baritone of say, Megatron, but the 13-inch droid's message heralds a new era for astro-companions.
Made in Japan, Kirobo arrived at the ISS last month after a Japanese H-IIB rocket ride. It'll orbit our planet for about a year and a half, and ISS crews will have to learn to love its nasal whine. … Read more
There are worse ways to get attention than an animated ad. Especially if you're a high-tech lighter in anime- and smoking-crazy Japan.
The vintage cartoon-style story begins on a dark and stormy night. In a remote laboratory, a mad scientist pulls a switch and gives life to a strange hybrid creature: a USB lighter.
Which then begins to dance and sing maniacally for a full two minutes of pure silliness. … Read more
Two large overseas carriers are said to be getting Apple's next iPhones ahead of next week's anticipated unveiling of those devices.
Japan's NTT Docomo, which owns more than half of that country's wireless subscribers, plans to sell Apple's next iPhone for the first time, according to Nikkei (subscription required). Citing sources, the news outlet says the Japanese carrier will begin selling Apple's next iPhone as soon as it's released, following up on a previous report that the devices would go on sale in Japan on September 20.
Apple already sells the iPhone through … Read more
With new iPhones expected to be unveiled this month, production at Japan Display, TDK, and others is in high gear, according to the Nikkei business daily.
TDK, which supplies Apple with inductor coils, among other components, boosted production this summer to meet demand for the new iPhones, expected to be announced at a September 10 event.
The report also sites an IHS analyst, who said that if sales of the … Read more