technology

Gatebox digital wife gets full-scale launch, texts you at work and can even share a drink【Videos】

At half the price and with much more functionality than before, is it finally time to tie the virtual knot?

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Sayonara, smelly salarymen! Japanese company develops self-smell-checking device

Handheld device sniffs pits and other smelly parts, assigns numerical stank ranking.

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These dozens of beautiful Japanese idol singers aren’t just CG, they were created by AI【Video】

Kyoto-based technology company created a neural network that’s an idol otaku, then set if free to daydream of its perfect idols.

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Amazing new AI program transforms photos into gorgeous amine artwork【Video】

Monkeys with typewriters can write Shakespeare but can machines create anime as well as humans?

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Cup Noodle cancels $45 device to remove cabbage from instant noodle lids after lack of demand

Back to the drawing board for Nissin as Kyabebanban fails to set the world on fire.

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Drone-powered parasols possibly coming to Japanese golf courses in 2019

Oh, you use a stick to hold your parasol? How…quaint.

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Japan has awesome trains that transform into trucks for best-of-both-worlds mobility【Video】

Video shot in Tokyo’s Shibuya Station shows the elusive kirikusha in the wild.

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AI security cameras coming to stores in Japan, reduce shoplifting by 40 percent

Now, if a clerk asks to help you, it probably means you’ve been acting shady.

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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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