Let me start off by saying I have been secretly coveting a loaded minivan. No, I don’t have kids or play in a band. I just think minivans are cool. I know, I know, I am mostly alone here. But, before you knock it, head over to a Toyota or Nissan showroom and ask to sit in a loaded minivan. They are amazing and have some impressive features like TV’s, built-in vacuum cleaners, electric sliding doors, tables, and more. The one thing I have been waiting for however, is a hybrid version. Well it turns out Toyota has been making...

A Japanese company, Blest, is making gadgets that basically convert plastics to oil. They have several sizes of the machine from large-scale commercial units all the way down the the one shown here for home use. It is a bit like the Back to the future Mr. Fusion but it actually is real. The Blest machine turns a kilogram of plastic waste into one liter of oil using just 1kWh...

I am sure that the folks at GoPro aren’t super happy about the SJ4000 Waterproof Action Camera ($66). The camera, mounts, and case look awfully familiar if you know what I mean. I am not going to go into that here. The SJ400 sports camera has some pretty good specs, comes loaded with brackets, and is relatively easy to use. The CMOS camera has a wide 170-degree viewing angle, H.264 video format, 1920...

Why should kids have all of the fun with their light-up shoes? Arguably, they shouldn’t. And a Japanese hardware startup named no new folk studio (nnf) agree. Their latest Indiegogo campaign has a clever, slightly more grown up, version of the LED shoe. They have created the Orphe, a smart-shoe that uses motion sensors and LEDs to create an amazing...

Posted on Dec 11 2014 - 10:38am by gchoe
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Activated charcoal is pretty awesome stuff. It can be used to absorb chemicals, remove unpleasant odors from the air, regulate humidity, dissipate electromagnetic fields, and for deodorizing stuff. So why not make it work on for you on a toothbrush? Well the Japanese are already on the case with the Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush. This famous “black toothbrush” has bristles blended with high-quality...

Another day, another stabilized video option for your iPhone. There are passive stabilizers that use balanced weighting, 3-axis stabilizers that use brushless motors, and now an iPhone stabilizer that uses the phones gyro to stay level. This stabilizer which currently lives on KickStarter is from a Japanese company, Adplus, and is named the Elephant Steady. Read on for details about this innovative approach...

Posted on Apr 7 2014 - 4:01am by Pete M
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There are covert knives then there are really covert knives.  This is the latter.  With that said, don't Google "50-cent knife".  You end up with pictures of the rapper 50-cent.  This modified real U.S. 50-cent piece has a Japanese steel blade hidden inside. ...

If you ever think that resolution is high enough and that everything past 4K TV is overkill, go back and look at your first digital pictures.  You know the ones that were "amazing" at the time but now look grainy and dated.  Yeah, progress is important.  Japan is all over the next wave of ultra-high definition HDTV.  NHK, a large...

Just when you were feeling all warm and fuzzy about the purchase of your new 4K TV, you start hearing about 8K TV.  Yep, Japanese broadcasters at NHK are testing out 8k TV (aka Super Hi-Vision).  In a test by Japanese broadcaster NHK, an uncompressed Super Hi-Vision signal was sent about 17 miles over the air to a receiver, while occupying just...

If you have ever been to India, China, Thailand, or Japan you know that the scooter is practically a family car.  I have seen as many as 5 people on one scooter.  Pretty impressive. Terra Motors, of Japan, has created their A4000i electric scooter.  The A4000i has a 40 mile range and a top speed of 40mph.  This wouldn’t work to well in America, but it works great for the congested short commutes of Japan. The battery...