Do you have trouble waking up to the noise of a ringing alarm clock? If you don’t immediately wake up to the sound of an alarm, you might want to consider investing in one of these new smoke alarms in Japan.
Rather than trying to wake the residents of a house with sound, this smoke alarm instead sends the strong smell of wasabi throughout the area. Early tests of the device show that most people wake up within one to two minutes, which is a fairly impressive (and somewhat unexpected) result for a silent alarm. Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone has heard about Japan’s famously aging population. Naturally it stands to reason that besides health care for seniors, another industry (if you can call it an industry) that will be doing quite well will be burial and cremation services.
One company in Japan has developed a more compact and cheaper alternative to a traditional Japanese graveyard. A warehouse-type building stores remains in much smaller rectangular metal boxes, which are then shelved for posterity. Read the rest of this entry »
This is another ingenius idea from the Thanko group of USB-loving inventors. You can now heat your food with this USB-powered lunchbox. No more cold soups or long walks to the microwave oven to zap your food in place.
There are many two-purpose gadgets around but I rather like this one. I am not a smoker but I like carrying a lighter around because you never know when it will come in useful. What makes it better is that this lighter is also a USB Flash Drive of 8Gig capacity. Talk about functionality, baby.
Check out the specs:
* Refillable lighter with built-in USB flash drive
* 8GB capacity
* USB connector slides out of the lighter
* Metal case
* Adjustable flame
* Includes USB cable
* Dimensions: 1.5″ x 2.4″ x .5″ (3.8 x 6 x 1.3 cm)
Lightmate is lights and a bolster in one. But take a look at the picture and tell me what you think about LightMate. Doesn’t it look like that creature from Aliens 1? The first alien that pop right out of the victim in the operating room of their aircraft? Yeah? Except this is 10 times larger and it’s draped around you neck…eek.
According to Francesca Lanzavecchia, the designer of Lightmate, she said, “LightMates are soft anthropomorphic pillows and warming lamps. Their different sizes answer to everyone’s need of heat; a mate to hug or a huge companion you can lay on.”
Anthropomorphic is defined as “suggesting human characteristics for animals or inanimate things”. Okay so, the pillow is suppose to feel human characteristics….the only human characteristics it reminds me of is my large colon.
This new concept phone by KDDI is mind bogglingly uber cool. The phone simulates ply concept where each layer is stuck together to create bigger things like a cupboard. But this phone is not a cupboard mind you, each ply does make one phone but each ply stands for individual functionality; each layer has its own very distinct function, ranging from a photo printer to game controller to mini digital projector.
If you want to check out PLY, run down to KDDI Studios at Harajuku. I will SO get me one of those when and if it ever comes out into the market. Guys at KDDI, if you want someone to check out PLY and do a review, send one over this alley…;) I’ll do it justice!
This LED floor was shown as part of the 2008 World Expo. Sensacell build 250 square foot floor instilled with sensors and LED lights, which tracks your foot prints. The floor responds to the pressure of your feet so it lights up whenever walking is applied. It is rather cool, now everyone can do a Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean at home :)
These strawz are pure geekdom where you can create the way your straw drinks, straight straws are so passe – pipeline straws are so in. So if you ever feel like having a pool party and you want to have funky straws, look no more because these DIY Strawz will have you and your guests hours some fun. Imagine sitting 3 feet away from the side table and your pina colada’s dripping cold. Too lazy to get up? Use the DIY Strawz and slurp your beverage 3-feet-away! Wow :P
Two sets (each set contains 44 pieces) for $14.99. And get this guys, these strawz are dishwasher safe!