technology

Jaw-droppingly futuristic omnimeter transforms normal cars into space-age racers

Like automotive magpies, we fall in love with something shiny. Now just to find a(nother) car to put it in.

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Japanese hotel’s amazing mechanized bed rises to the ceiling to give you more floor space【Video】

Japan has a reputation for cool gadgets and efficient interiors, but this is on a whole new level!

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Almost half of Japanese grade-school girls say they’ve never heard of “programming” in survey

Troubling statistic is coupled with an additional one-in-four saying they’ve heard the word, but don’t know what it means.

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Japan now has a transforming giant robot/car that two full-sized adults can ride in【Video】

Anime becomes reality with help from the creator of the original Gundam, and it even has a strange, hard-to-pronounce anime mecha-style name!

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Cover commanding Japan “stop staring at smartphones and read a book” doesn’t really hate tech

Contents are actually an ironic jab at Japan’s holier-than-though critics of digital media consumption.

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Candidate running for mayor in one of Tokyo’s districts wants AI to manage politics

The future is here, but some residents aren’t prepared to accept an artificially intelligent mayor so soon.

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Want to become a virtual YouTuber? Now there are apps for that too!

Finally, we can release the anime girl that lives within us all.

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Japanese company makes virtual shadow boyfriends to help protect women who live alone【Videos】

Silhouettes of karate fighters, bodybuilders, and domestically dedicated dudes make would-be criminals think you’ve got a live-in boyfriend.

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Samurai with jet packs have a mid-air katana battle in Japan【Video】

The air-to-air swordfights of anime and video games are now possible in the real world too.

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Turning Tokyo techno-cool with a quick and awesome smartphone camera trick【Videos, photos】

Even SoraNews24 headquarters looks amazing when it’s recast as a virtual computer realm.

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Japanese elementary school students discovering “channel of the dead” on their TVs

Kids are spreading the word that a “magic button” on some remotes opens a gateway between the living and the dead.

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New light-up keyboard makes it feel like you’re traversing space and time with every letter

It’s a mesmerizing light show with every tap of the keys!

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Otaku crowd control could be changing with new “anime character voice” megaphones

Device seeks to fire your voice straight at the bull’s eye in anime fans’ selective attention.

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Cool traditional Japanese inn lets customers tidy up their room with a click of a button【Video】

Thanks to several items outfitted with self-parking systems, we get a glimpse into the future of Japanese hospitality.

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Japanese wheelchair user creates “wheel-kotatsu” to stay warm, comfy, and awesome outdoors

Humanity’s greatest achievement? Yes, probably.

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Japanese invention lets you share your baby’s bowel movements online with the push of a button

The country that created the book Everybody Poops now gives you a way to let everybody know.

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Here’s your chance to ride Japan’s maglev Shinkansen in spring, nine years before service starts

Japan Railways is taking applications to experience the future of Japanese rail travel nearly a decade ahead of time.

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New app lets you traverse the streets of modern Tokyo and ancient Edo at the same time

The Edo Past and Present Wanderings app appeals not only to old map buffs, but to anyone with a sense of adventure

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Japan’ newest chocolate snacks were developed by an AI program

Maybe it won’t be all bad when the machines gain sentience, as long as they prepare some nice snacks for us.

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Tokyo train station’s free luggage storage terminals will keep your stuff safe as you take a dump

System is quick and easy to use, requires no payment or registration.

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