The four-day International Robot Exhibition just wrapped up in Japan over the weekend, and the wild machines introduced in Tokyo, one of the world’s biggest robot hubs, did not disappoint. The show attracted 450 companies and 5,000 non-robotic humans. Here’s a look at some of coolest from the show floor.
Earlier this year, we reported on Tomotaka Takahashi, the famous engineer who sent the first talking robot into space, and his plans to make robots as popular a consumer electronic as smartphones. He’d been teasing a humanoid phone to debut this year, and here it is: a cutesy, talking, limbed phone that hitches rides…
Here in the US, telecom giants like Verizon and AT&T fight for their share of customer data plans. But Japan’s own telecom outfits are embroiled in an additional head-to-head: selling robots.
Starting this weekend in Japan, people can buy a talking, person-shaped robot that reads your body language and gets sad when you turn off the lights.
They're staples on every American dining table and the requisite ingredients in virtually every European cuisine, so inseparable that polite society dictates they always be passed together. Salt and pepper are the undisputed champions of condiments—but how did they get so popular?
The Habanero pepper has a maximum hotness of 350,000 Scoville Heat Units. That's nothing—like eating an Altoid—compared to the mouth-searing Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. It tops out at over two million SHU and has just been named the world's hottest pepper.
This is The Switch. It's half pepper shaker, half salt shaker, and entirely something I wish I'd thought of years ago.
This is a cop training video, showing future pepper spray wielders the pain and reality of getting sprayed. But a more sinister interpretation could be that future criminals are growing tolerant to pepper spray so no one can stop them.
Found at the Oregon Culinary Institute, this chess set enlists the various styles of salt and pepper shakers to a long-standing, strategic war. Also, saying "could you pass the salt?" for "CHECKMATE" must really ice the competition. [GeekDad]
Amateur cooks forget all too often that every single item of food must be properly seasoned. So if you need novelty shakers to motivate you to hit up your eats with some S&P, that's just fine with us.
These Salt & Pepper cell shakers are kinda backwards; they're stored in cupboards while actual batteries are stored in your fridge. If you were high, that would have blown your mind.
The Stunning Ring may look harmless, and cheap, but is actually hiding a powerful pepper spray. It uses the strongest formula of pepper spray available—400 times stronger than a jalepeno pepper. Release the safety catch, press the trigger and you get a 12-inch spray that will cause temporary visual impairment,…
This design from Joel Hesselgren is the most ingenious use of LEGO for food consumption that we've seen since the LEGO dragon soy sauce and mayonnaise dispenser. The white column holds the salt while the black column holds the pepper, and the amount of each is regulated by how many of the holes are covered at once.…