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Chopsticks shaped like a Star Wars Lightsaber

They’re shaped like a Star Wars Lightsaber and come in 3 different models: Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Yoda. Enjoy mealtimes knowing that the Force is with you.

Darth Vader model
Darth Vader model
  Japanese Star Wars fans must be very glad to have been born in Japan. These chopsticks shaped like a Star Wars lightsaber will be launched on the Japanese market in November. Now fans can enjoy a Star Wars environment even during mealtimes.

There are three different models: Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Yoda, and each model has a different handle and a different color laser.

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 on 17 Aug 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Party-shot: Automatic Camera Tripod

This automatic camera tripod detects people’s smiles and adjusts zoom, composition and aperture. You’ll finally come out in all your party pictures!

The perfect gadget so no one’s left out of the picture
The perfect gadget so no one’s left out of the picture
  Are you always stuck taking pictures at gatherings with friends and families so, when it’s over, you don’t have a single one of yourself? Relax and enjoy. With Sony’s Party-shot, an automatic camera tripod, you don’t have to worry about taking pictures: the camera will be your photographer.

Party-shot is an accessory for Sony’s DSC-WX1 and DSC-TX1 cameras. All you have to do is attach the camera to Party-shot and hit the start button.

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 on 17 Aug 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

BiOrb Life, A Cool Aquarium for Your Fish

BiOrb Life is a high-tech aquarium that combines the simplicity of traditional fish bowls with the latest cutting-edge designer products.

BiOrb Life in red and white
BiOrb Life in red and white
  BiOrb Life is the next-best thing to a luxury apartment for your fish. This is a new concept in aquariums that harmoniously combines the simple functionality of traditional fish bowls with the latest cutting-edge designer products.

But even though it may look like a minimalist fish bowl, it has a bunch of accessories that make it a really cool aquarium. Among other goodies, it has an air pump, a filter kit, a water conditioner and a transparent lid.

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 on 14 Aug 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Kururin Icekurin: ice cream maker

Kururin Icekurin is an ice cream maker you can use to make healthy, delicious ice cream with no artificial colors. Put the ingredients in the bowl and turn the crank for 15 minutes.

Kururin Icekurin in pink and in blue
Kururin Icekurin in pink and in blue
  It’s very hot out and you’d like some ice cream, but you’re much too lazy to go out and buy some... Wouldn’t it be great if you could make some at home? With the Kururin Icekurin, ice cream maker, you can quickly and easily make ice cream yourself.

Although it looks like a toy, it’s an excellent quality machine. In fact, it won a very important toy award in Japan.

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 on 14 Aug 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

MOSQUITO, A CD of Mosquito Tone Recordings

A CD has been launched on the market composed of songs that use "mosquito tone", that sound only people under 20-years old can hear. It’s an album just for young people.

The "Mosquito" album cover
The "Mosquito" album cover
  Have you ever heard of mosquito tone? It’s a high-pitched sound that’s similar to the buzzing noise mosquitos make. They say this tone is rather annoying for people under 20 but, the older you get, the less you hear it. At about age 20, you start finding it harder to hear and, by the time you’re over 30, it’s almost impossible to distinguish.

In Japan, they use mosquito tone to keep teenagers away from parks and parking lots so they won’t cause a raucous and bother the neighbors.

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 on 13 Aug 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Vinyl Stickers for Your Garage

Put these vinyl stickers on your garage door and the neighbor’s will think you have an airplane or a pet elephant.

There’s an elephant in your garage... or so it seems
There’s an elephant in your garage... or so it seems
  The garage is the most often forgotten and scariest part of any home. It’s full of old junk you haven’t organized in years and the floor is has huge oil stains on it. Why not take better care of it?

These vynil adhesives are a great way to help change the look of your garage with minimal effort. You won’t have to take a day off to clean it, or break into a sweat organizing paint buckets.

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 on 13 Aug 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments ( 1 ) Send this to a friend

Repurposed Polaroid Camera Bookends

Your old and unusable Polaroid camera could take on a new life if you’d just put a pair of legs on it and put it on your shelf. That’s how these bookends were made.

Polaroid cameras aren’t just for taking pictures, they can also hold books in place
Polaroid cameras aren’t just for taking pictures, they can also hold books in place
  Polaroid fans refuse to allow this photographic camera to disappear from our lives. They’ve tried it all: from creating a web page dedicated to "saving Polaroid", to creating software that generates images imitating the Polaroid’s style.

However the charm of snapshots photos taken in 4 steps, shoot-develop-wait-observe, seems to be slowly disappearing. The film is no longer manufactured and today’s digital cameras are small, compact and cheap.

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 on 12 Aug 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

Creators Inn, this hotel in Stockholm offers artists free accommodation

Creators Inn is a hotel in Stockholm that provides free accommodation to musicians, photographers, painters and all sorts of artists who contribute to making the city more creative.

A little designer apartment in the center of Stockholm
A little designer apartment in the center of Stockholm
  Concept hotels are becoming increasingly fashionable. We told you about some of these a few months ago: one that’s shaped like a capsule and is geographically mobile, another one that’s made of ice, and the world’s most kitsch hotel, the Madonna Inn. But we’d never heard about hotels like the Creators Inn before, a place specially designed for artists, created by a clothing company called Elvine.

This hotel in Stockholm has a unique concept: it offers free accommodation for all sorts of artists.

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 on 11 Aug 2009 by Marta Reig in Art, design and architecture Comments Send this to a friend

TV Globe: Interactive Earth Globe

Connect this earth globe to your television set and surf around the world expanding your knowledge of geography and culture.

TV Globe, an earth globe to surf around the world with
TV Globe, an earth globe to surf around the world with
  TV Globe is an interactive earth globe that you can use to surf around the world. Connect it to your TV set to learn and expand your knowledge of geography and world cultures.

It’s very easy to synchronize it with the TV. All you have to do is plug it in with a normal A/V cable and turn the globe on.

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 on 11 Aug 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos Comments ( 1 ) Send this to a friend

halo, a graffiti can that sprays led lights

Now you can spray paint in the air using halo, a spray can that colors the air in LED lights. You can change colors and recharge it by shaking the can.

Write in the air with LED lights
Write in the air with LED lights
  No doubt you’ve played at drawing in the air by moving a lit cigarette or a flashlight around in the dark. The result is an almost magical light composition. Yet it’s so ephemeral that it loses all its charm. Imagine recreating this scene and being able to photograph your compositions?

halo was invented by French designer Aissa Logerot and it’s a spray can that can make LED light drawings in the air.

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 on 10 Aug 2009 by Marta Reig in Gadgets, inventions and prototypes Comments Send this to a friend
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