technology

China planning on sending massive “artificial moon” into orbit in 2020 as a giant nightlight

If having one moon is good, then having two moons is twice as good, right?

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Buying a can of coffee from an unmanned, AI-controlled kiosk in Tokyo

Mr. Sato goes on a speed coffee run with no humans to hold him up…or are there?

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Lawson begins first self-service convenience store in Tokyo, no line-ups necessary

Just scan the item you want with your smartphone and walk out.

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Nintendo goes retro and patents awesome smartphone case that looks exactly like a Game Boy

Gaming technology may have advanced tremendously over the past few decades, but Nintendo’s love for simpler times is still evident.

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Japanese smart mirror with sexy anime voice will feed women compliments, read their moods【Video】

Device scans your face for signs of blemishes to your beauty or trouble in your heart, and absolutely loves flirting with you.

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Japanese middle schoolers build an awesome real/VR roller coaster for their class project【Video】

Combines modern technology and old-school carpentry in a way that puts ordinary science fair projects to shame.

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Anime-style magic circle cordless charging pad is the coolest way ever to charge a phone【Video】

Japanese company’s gadget for summoning life force for your devices is awesome…but maybe too awesome to be real.

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A peek inside one of the last VHS-only video rental stores in Japan

Looks like someone was kind enough to rewind back to 20 years ago.

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Sony patents new headset with motion-sickness alert features, fans cautiously optimistic

We all love the idea of immersing ourselves in a fantasy, but the dizziness and nausea is too much for some to handle. Can Sony’s new patent help?

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We test out Japanese megastore Don Quijote’s new mega-affordable smart watch

You can get this new smart watch with a heart rate monitor for just 3,980 yen, or less than US$40!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! brings anime battles into real-life with amazing fan-made dueling arena【Video】

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Strongest Imitator System is a major step in making those anime duels come to life.

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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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