As far as distribution of electronic money is concerned, Japan is probably the most advanced country in the world. For years, millions of Japanese have been paying in supermarkets, department stores and other places with their cell phones or smart cards. Reason enough for Bandai to announce [JP, PDF] a very special solution for users of those smart cards: a case that plays sounds from Kamen Rider every time you make a purchase.
For fans of the cult Sci-Fi series from the 1970s (who have no shame), the so-called Ejacket is probably one of the coolest gadgets out there. The case not only plays various sound effects from Kamen Rider but also lights up every time the user taps it against a reader.
You can pre-order the Ejacket on Rakuten (in English) for about $25 (it’s only compatible with the Suica and Edy smart card systems). The case will be sold starting July 23, but Bandai plans to roll out more versions, based on popular anime, soon.
This video (in Japanese) shows the Ejacket in action: