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Hina ver,RF09: A Japanese Robot that Makes You Coffee

The designer Mujaki has created this adorable japanese robot that wears pigtails. Her name is Hina ver,RF09 and she knows how to make coffee.

Her pigtails are actually antennas that pick up orders from a wireless remote control
Her pigtails are actually antennas that pick up orders from a wireless remote control
  Would you like to have a personal assistant make coffee for you every morning? Your dream may well become reality in the near future and you’ll be able to have a a japanese robot servant like hina ver, RF09 at home. She's quickly becoming popular in Japan thanks to its adorable look and the cute gestures it makes while preparing coffee.

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 on 01 Jul 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Gachagum Bubble Gum Machine

This Japanese bubble gum machine is an essential gadget for bubble gum addicts. Take it to the office to brighten up your desk.

A bubble gum machine that brightens up your desk
A bubble gum machine that brightens up your desk
  Are you one of these people who’s always chewing gum? Chewing bubble gum can help you concentrate at work and it’s also relaxing yet helps stop you from getting sleepy. Besides, chewing gum is a great way to freshen up when you’re done with work.

For those of you who are already addicted to chewing gum, I have a product to recommend that will make it even more fun to chew: a "Gachagum" bubble gum machine!

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 on 30 Jun 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Michi-Kusa: A Flower Vase of Japanese Design

This beautiful flower vase is a Japanese design with a somewhat atypical function: you can use it to hold wild grasses and flowers you find outside.

Michi-kusa with wild flowers
Michi-kusa with wild flowers
  Did you stop yourself from picking grasses with pretty flowers when you go out for a walk because you think you won’t be able to use them to decorate your home? Now, with Dmc’s Michi-Kusa, a flower vase of Japanese design, you can use wild flowers to decorate all sorts of spaces.

These flowers aren’t usually all that sophisticated. On the contrary, they’re rather simple if we compare them with the flowers sold in flower shops.

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 on 29 Jun 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Kaleidoscope Fish for your Pool

This fish swims around and lights up the walls of your pool with a kaleidoscope proyector in its belly. It’s the latest aquatic gadget.

Swims autonomously for up to 8 hours
Swims autonomously for up to 8 hours
  The kaleidoscope is one of those magical toys that, for decades, has managed to hypnotize children of all ages. This simple tube with several mirrors set at an angle and tiny irregularly shaped glass beads entertains both children and adults alike, as they turn it around and around to discover some sort of symmetrical color combination inside. It’s simple, yet fascinating.

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 on 26 Jun 2009 by Marta Reig in Gadgets, inventions and prototypes Comments Send this to a friend

Heidi introduces Nissan’s new fuel-efficient car

In order to promote NOTE, Nissan’s new fuel-efficient car, the company has created an ad that’s a parody of Heidi.

Characters from the Heidi parody
Characters from the Heidi parody
  What is "fuel-efficiency"? In Nissan’s latest ad campaign, Heidi, the perpetually cheerful little girl from the Alps, asks this over and over again. Peter doesn’t seem to know either, nor does the giant in the mountains... Nissan has used the characters from the Japanese animation series Heidi to create a parody in which the company attempts to explain exactly what it means to be fuel-efficient while presenting their new car NOTE.

In addition to the TV advertisement, you can watch chapters of the parody on the car model’s web site.

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 on 24 Jun 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos Comments Send this to a friend

Fire Design: Designer Fire Extinguishers

These fire extinguishers combine home safety with design. Decorate your kitchen with a fire extinguisher that’ll catch everyone’s eye.

Fire NY and Fire Speed models
Fire NY and Fire Speed models
  Fire Design is a French company that transforms fire extinguishers into amazing designer pieces. Why hadn’t anyone thought of making colorful fire extinguishers decorated with drawings to match your home’s decor before? If you must have a fire extinguisher at home, it better be one of these. They won’t just protect you in case the toaster suddenly bursts into flames, or in case you leave the stove on while chatting on the phone, they’re also a very decorative kitchen accessory.

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 on 24 Jun 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Tatamet Foldable Helmet

The Tatamet foldable helmet is another clever Japanese invention. It’s durable and very safe, the perfect accessory for emergency kits.

The Tatamet foldable helmet, unfolded
The Tatamet foldable helmet, unfolded
  There are a lot of earthquakes in Japan and, every so often, they provoke a disaster. People in Japan practice evacuation drills every year in order to prepare for possible future earthquakes and every single home has to have an emergency kit ready just in case. Helmets are an essential component in these kits.

However, some homes do not include them in their earthquake kits because of problems with storage: helmets take up a lot of space.

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 on 23 Jun 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

USB Microwave

This USB microwave is small, but very powerful. It’ll warm up your food, inside and out, in less than a minute. It’s still just a prototype.

Beanzawave will be the smallest microwave in the world
Beanzawave will be the smallest microwave in the world
  The microwave was invented by accident. In 1946, while working on a research project involving radar a scientist began running tests using a tube called a magnetron and noticed that chocolate bar nearby melted. Fascinated by this discovery, the scientist tried using microwaves to make popcorn, and he succeeded. The first commercial microwave was launched on the market in 1947.

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 on 23 Jun 2009 by Marta Reig in Gadgets, inventions and prototypes Comments Send this to a friend

TotoBIG, Japanese Lottery

TotoBIG is the Japanese lottery that offers the biggest prizes. There’s no need to think, predict or make guesses. You just buy it!

The gods randomly decide TotoBIG’s winners
The gods randomly decide TotoBIG’s winners
  Toto is a Japanese lottery that focuses on soccer. There are several types of soccer lotteries and TotoBIG is one of them. The grand prize is 600 million yens (6.1 million dollars or 4.4 million Euro).

The difference that makes Toto and TotoBIG stand out from other lotteries is that it’s very easy to play. While with traditional sports pools you have to mark, analyze and predict that results, with TotoBIG you don’t even need to know a single thing about soccer, since a computer randomly selects the results.

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 on 22 Jun 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Robot a Day

Creating a different robot each day is the idea behind an art project called 'Robot A Day'. These "robot pouches" are made of vinyl and have a zipper for a mouth.

Robot dressed in its Sunday best and teenage robot
Robot dressed in its Sunday best and teenage robot
  "Create a robot a day". That’s the goal of this artistic and creative project by Erin Wilk, a Canadian designer who displays her robot designs for Monday through Friday on her blog: Robot a Day.

This started out as a personal creative project, but in time, robots have invaded Erin’s life. She spends her days manufacturing these cute and expressive "robot pouches" that have zippers for mouths, and can be used to store any sort of object, such as an iPod, coins, bobby-pins, clips, or bills...

Erin has always designed small bags shaped like robots.

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 on 18 Jun 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend
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