The international floor cleaning robot slave arena just got hotter—Toshiba's new Smarbo (terrible name) looks and functions pretty much exactly like the Roomba we love so much, but has two brains inside. Twice the cleanliness?
The Japanese government is planning to put robots to practical use in Japanese households in as soon as five years, and has already begun formulating the political agencies needed to oversee robot safety standards.
MicroSD cards are so prolific nowadays that it's about time for companies to differentiate their products using cutesy designs. If you're a 15-year-old girl, these goth- and love-themed 2GB ought to thrill.
Surprisingly absent until now, touchability has finally made it into the KDDI au line-up. Casio's offering utilizes a 3.1-inch touchscreen for some funky music apps — making it a music studio in your pocket.
Hitachi's new Wooo, part of Japan's KDDI au Spring line, comes with the unique ability to watch 3D videos. Sounds coool, even if the 3D-induced woooziness will have you switching back to 2D in minutes.
Gametech has a set of PSP protector cases coming out that are absolutely gorgeous. Themed after the bright patterns of Japanese woodcarvings and traditional paintings, they turn your PSP into a work of art.
The suit, designed by the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, contains eight motors fitted over the shoulders, elbows, back and knees to give farmers the boost they need to pull radishes, lift haystacks and other farm work.
I know some of you might be tempted to get gadgets as Christmas presents for your pets, so here's a tip: Chimpanzees don't like popcorn machines. Don't say we never help you out! [Japanprobe]
Who doesn't dream of wandering the fields of ancient Japan, wielding a katana for truth and justice? Though the samurai age is long over, you can still ennoble your privates with awesome samurai underpants.
A Japanese site has found an odorous purpose for Google Maps—using it to track down weird and stinky smells they encounter in the Land of the Rising Sun. Get a whiff of something sour? Go to Nioibu.com and tell everyone.
Tokyo's Shibuya train has a special installation for Christmas that uses its pedestrians' footsteps to generate electricit. A mat using piezoelectric gadgetry runs a LED display board and a small holiday lights display.
Japan cellphone app maker J-Magic has released a useful update to its celebrity look-a-like app, "Kao Cheki." Called "Shoubu Co-de Cheki," it offers fashion advice based on mobile snapshots of your face. Anyone want to make this for the iPhone?
This USB Card Shaver is the thinnest of its ilk that we've seen and, with a diameter of only 10mm, is perfect for the man-on-the-go trying to hide that he uses an USB shaver in the first place.
Proving again that Japan has the prettiest phones in the world, au by KDDI has released its Fall and Winter lines, showing off eight new models with emphases on super bright and big Organic EL screens, multimedia “au BOX” connectivity, and a funky mobile personal trainer and calorie counter called “Karada Manager.”…
For homemakers who always wanted a Roomba but thought it too uncute, iRobot and Sanrio have partnered up to create a Hello Kitty-branded version of their robotic vacuum cleaner. So now not only does everybody's favorite expressionless cat protect your computer, play your music and blast away your enemies, she'll also…
Sony Japan just announced a brand new satin silver version of the PS3. The standard 40GB machine will hit shelves in Japan on March 6th, but don't expect the color refresh love to be extended to the States anytime soon. Press release after the jump.
Using a Wacom isn't reserved for the professionals, anymore. After using this tablet nobody would take you seriously or professionally. This small Wacom tablet is covered in pink Hello-Kittyness ruining all of your credibility as a digital designer. Oh well, at least it is cute! This is a limited edition release of…