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Tape de Goo, a sealing tape dispenser

It’s easy and quick to use sealing tape with this tape dispenser. It looks like it’s meant to dispense packing tape and it’s perfect to help sort you out when you pack things or wrap gifts.

Tape de Goo Sealing Tape Dispenser
Tape de Goo Sealing Tape Dispenser
  Unless you’re particularly skilled, you would usually need to use both hands in order cut a piece of sealing tape and stick it somewhere. It’s a very simple flick of the fingers but, couldn’t it be made even easier?

The answer is yes: with the "Tape De Goo" sealing tape dispenser you’ll no longer need to use both hands. With just one hand, you can very quickly stick sealing tape on and, what’s more, you’ll get a perfect finish.

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 on 10 Aug 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos Comments Send this to a friend

Pixar’s Up! Toys are here

And not a moment too soon! All sorts of toys based on Pixar’s latest animation film, Up!, have already been launched: action figures, toys, cosbabies, and even stuffed dogs that bark.

Action figure based on Carl, the grandpa from UP!
Action figure based on Carl, the grandpa from UP!
  Although it’s only recently been released, Up!, Pixar’s latest film, is already a great success. It’s not just that people are coming out in droves to see it. The film’s characters are so adorable that it’s already possible to find all sorts of unofficial merchandizing products on the Internet.

There are versions of every character from Pixar’s film. There’s Carl, the grumpy granddad intent on making his dream of traveling to South America come true; Russell, the boy scout with attention deficit disorder; Kevin, a strange but friendly bird that tags along with the film’s protagonists and their dogs, a pack of robot mutts that always come up with clever replies.

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 on 06 Aug 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments ( 3 ) Send this to a friend

Build Your Own DIY Speakers

Build this DIY speaker yourself and learn about its structure and internal mechanism. This kit is designed to foster children’s creativity and their interest in science.

This is what the kit includes
This is what the kit includes
  Right now, Japanese children are on vacation from school, but they have tons of homework. The smarter kids finish their homework as soon as possible so they can enjoy the rest of their days off before going back to school, but kids who postpone doing their homework until the last minute will have a hard time...

One typical homework assignment during summer vacation is to do research on a topic of your choice.

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 on 04 Aug 2009 by Marta Reig in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Yuruppy, A New Virtual Pet Game

Yuruppy, is a new virtual pet game that you can play with just one finger.

Yuruppy, you can play with just one finger
Yuruppy, you can play with just one finger
  A new virtual pet game was launched on the Japanese market at the beginning of the summer. What’s novel about it is that you can play with just one finger. They’re made by Takara Tomy Arts and come in three different versions: a doggy, a kitten or a little bird.

There’s no need to take care of them or feed them.

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 on 03 Aug 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture Comments Send this to a friend

Twist And Press Cookie Cutters

This cookie cutter has 3 moving parts (head, torso and legs) so you can create 64 different characters. It comes in two different models: Robot and Fashion.

Create a robot family
Create a robot family
  It’s the perfect kitchen accessory for people who love baking and live in tiny homes. It’s a cube shaped cookie cutter with sides you can move to create 64 different characters. It was designed by Williams Sonoma, a retail outlet specialized in kitchen utensils. They’ve created two different versions of this magic cube used to make customized cookies: Robots and Fashion.

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 on 03 Aug 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Walkman Versus iPod

The BBC conducted a curious experiment: they asked a 13-year-old boy to exchange his iPod for a Walkman for one week. These are his conclusions.

Scott Campbell, age 13, participated in the BBC’s experiment
Scott Campbell, age 13, participated in the BBC’s experiment
  Although to many of us it may seem incredible and make us feel a bit old, 13-year olds today have never had a Walkman in their hands. That’s why it’s interesting to see young people’s reactions when you show them the first technological devices that were invented.

As an unprecedented experiment, and to commemorate the music player’s 30th anniversary, the BBC asked a 13-year old named Scott Campbell to hand in his brand-new iPod and listen to music on an old Walkman for a week.

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 on 30 Jul 2009 by Marta Reig in News and curiosities Comments Send this to a friend

Giant Gundam Robot in Tokyo

Gundam, a hero from a Japanese comic strip appeared in a park in Tokyo. It’s a giant robot 18 meters tall and built to life-size scale.

Impressive replica of a Gundam robot
Impressive replica of a Gundam robot
  A giant Gundam robot right in Tokyo. It’s a Japanese comic strip hero and it’s 18 meters tall, which would be its real size if this robot actually existed. The robot moves its head and looks as if it might start walking any minute. It’s an impressive and beautiful structure.

The surface is made of RFP (reinforced fiber plastic) and the inside is made of steel plates.

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 on 29 Jul 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos Comments Send this to a friend

Monsterpod: A Camera Tripod with a Suction Cup

This camera tripod has a super-resistant suction cup so you can stick it on walls and ceilings. It’s the perfect invention to take group photos without leaving anybody out.

Stick the suction cup on all sorts of surfaces
Stick the suction cup on all sorts of surfaces
  If you look at the pictures from your last vacation with your friends, you probably won’t find a single one where you’re all together. There’s always someone left out, that poor sod whose taking the picture and who’ll be forever forgotten and erased from our memories of that vacation.

The same thing happens when you go away with your sweetie and you only manage to get one picture of the two of you together which turns out to have an awful composition and is completely out of focus.

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 on 29 Jul 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts Comments Send this to a friend

Karada Trainer, A Personal Trainer in your Headphones

Karada Trainer a set of headphones that acts as a personal trainer, take them running and they’ll teach you how to exercise correctly.

They look like normal headphones, but they’re actually a personal trainer
They look like normal headphones, but they’re actually a personal trainer
  Running is a healthy sport, but it’s not very efficient if you do it haphazardly. With the Karada Trainer personal trainer, a set of headphones made by Sega Toys and designed to keep you company while you exercise, you can increase your efficiency by 20-30%. This gadget won’t wear you down because it’s personally directed at you and it tells you what exercises you need to do based on your heart rate.

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 on 28 Jul 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos Comments Send this to a friend

Ping-Pong Table / Door

Slam your door shut and turn it into a ping-pong table. It’s a very practical and fun invention. Too bad it’s only a prototype.

Turn the door and break out the paddles
Turn the door and break out the paddles
  Those of us who have no choice but to inhabit and share tiny apartments are often interested in "transformer" style furniture. That is to say, sofas that become beds, foldaway tables, stackable chairs, or beds full of drawers. Storage problems are quickly solved with a visit to Ikea.

What’s really a stumper is when you want to get your hands on a large-size toy for your miniature flat and there’s simple no place to keep it.

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 on 27 Jul 2009 by Marta Reig in Gadgets, inventions and prototypes Comments Send this to a friend
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