A video of Hina [JP], a small female humanoid, is currently causing a sensation in the Japanese blogosphere. It shows Hina first grinding coffee beans, then brewing coffee before finally serving it to her master. And the little robot does it all by herself.
I have no idea how they did this, but the video (essentially a silent mini movie) is the best thing you’ll see all day. → Read More
First, let us just acknowledge that “Hamtrack” is the best portmanteau of the year so far. Now, on to the products. I think you can see from the picture exactly how this utterly-genius pet toy works. Like a hamster ball but with wheels.
I’m afraid the Critter Cruiser is unidirectional and thus a little limited, but the Hamtrack could be, and I don’t think I’m exaggerating here, the greatest… → Read More
We blogged about a number of particularly cute digital photo frames in the past, but this Hello Kitty model beats them all. Announced in Japan by Sanrio [JP] today (Sanrio is the corporation behind the cartoon cat), the device goes on sale in Nippon on May 31. There will be two variations. → Read More
Humping or crunching USB dogs are out. The newest fad (at least in Japan) is owning puppy-shaped and USB-powered speakers [JP] for your computer. They are brought to you by Japan Trust Technology (what a name), a Tokyo-based Thanko competitor that has just released a USB-powered mini Zen garden. → Read More
Something about the world’s smallest humanoid robot dancing in front of its own certificate is both heartwarming and hilarious. Even the rude metal riffs just add a layer cuteness. → Read More
We don’t cover pillows a lot here at CrunchGear, but this was too cool to pass up. I like the idea of knit, crocheted, and plush gadgets — I don’t know if that classifies as a fetish or anything, but I think they’re great. And this cute little crocheted record is no exception. That is all. → Read More
This is more in the line of sociology news, but it involves robots, so what the hell. A student at Tisch School of the Arts named Kacie has performed an interesting social experiment that cleaves closely to her school’s mission statement, which is to “bring delight and art into people’s lives.” She made a couple little robots which have no powers other than looking cute and rolling straight… → Read More
There is a big number of gadgets available that feature Hello Kitty, the super-cute cartoon cat and love of millions of teenagers worldwide. There are Hello Kitty-branded digital cameras, alarm clocks, cell phones and even notebooks. Until today, only a ventilator was missing. Not anymore. Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty, has started selling a mini ventilator that’s shaped like Hello… → Read More
So you don’t like Twitter, huh? Lots of pablum, not much content? No real human-to-human connectedness? Well you’re wrong, Mr. Ludd, because Twitter helped two guys meet Shaq.
Jesse Bearden was following The Real Shaq on Twitter and saw that he was at a diner near his home. Instead of saying “Twitter is not a uniter, it is an egocasting system designed for infantile neophiliacs who have little to… → Read More
This absurd little video is ostensibly to show off the sweet new AMOLED screens gracing the S8300, OmniaHD and others. But I’m thinking it was more of a way for their internal viral team to get to play with a whole bunch of baby animals. What if that was your job?
Anyway, click on through for the cuteness. → Read More
Tokyo-based Exemode is selling a new digital camera [JP] that has been designed with French design company Courrèges and Japanese toy giant Sanrio. The 5.17 million megapixel camera features the cutest cat in the universe, Hello Kitty. The device comes with the following specs: 4x digital zoom, CMOS sensor, one USB 1.1. port, 32MB of internal memory, compatibility to SD memory cards (up to 1GB)… → Read More
Tokyo-based Kokuyo today announced a set of PC accessories [JP] that will make the heart of every Snoopy fan beat faster. The devices will hit Japan (and Japan only) December 22. Snoopy is featured on a four port-USB hub ($30), an optical mouse ($30) and a mousepad ($15). → Read More
First NEC’s model, then Onkyo’s and now it’s time for Epson to release a Hello Kitty laptop [JP]. The devices are only available in Japan, where they will be exclusively sold online starting December 10. The Hello Kitty notebook is based on Epson’s Endeavor NJ2150. Buyers can choose between a combo model ($1,200) and a so-called super-multi version ($1,500). Both versions are… → Read More
You may have seen these nerdy little pillows around back in the day, but until now they haven’t really been readily available. I’ve already resorted to using a big sharpie on my own blank pillows, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Especially when the guy has launched a real live site and store dedicated to the cute little buggers. No third-party apps yet, which is too bad… → Read More
Japan released a number of super-cute gadgets and electronic devices in the last days. Here are the top five. Top 5: Fragrance case for earphones Marubeni Infotech has announced the “Fragrance Case for Earphone” [JP], a small box made of aluminum tailor-made for the “Y” part of any given earphone. The box is filled with scented cotton that emits a nice smell while the… → Read More
Here is yet another Hello Kitty-powered device from Japan. This time, Canon used the character to spice up its Selphy CP770 [JP], a portable photo printer. While the printer itself is available outside Japan (i.e. in the USA where it costs about $150), this special edition will most likely remain Nippon-only. Technically, Canon didn’t change anything at all. You still get a 2.5-inch LCD, a… → Read More
First NEC’s supercute (and very pink) Hello Kitty laptop, now this: A portable DVD player shaped like Hello Kitty’s head [JP], this time sold by Sanrio itself (the company behind the brand). The player comes with a 7-Inch LCD screen (resolution: 480×234), a built-in battery with a life span of 2.5 hours (an AC adaptor is included in the package) and an extracute remote control. → Read More
NEC today announced in Japan [JP] it has teamed up with Sanrio (the company behind the Hello Kitty brand) and French fashion designer Courrèges to develop a girls-only notebook for the Japanese market. The so-called “NEC LaVie G Hello Kitty Courrèges” will be available online and in selected Sanrio shops only [JP]. The Vista notebook will feature an AMD Athlon QL-60 processor… → Read More
iRobot‘s Roombas have been enjoying brisk sales in Japan for a few years now. To further boost brand awareness, their sales agent in this country collaborated with Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty and other extra-cute comic characters, to produce a Hello Kitty-Roomba. The Nippon-only device is based on the Roomba 530 model, with the only difference being the cute design. Available from… → Read More
Today Greenhouse announced they will start selling a heart-shaped digital photo frame [JP] from the middle of June. The Japan-only GHV-DF24HT will cost $56. The device features a 2.4-inch LCD screen with 320×240 resolution, a mini USB port, internal memory for up to 63 pictures, BMP/JPEG/GIF support, a clock and a slideshow function. If you think the pink heart is too cute, you can go for a… → Read More
Do you like knitting? Do you like Autobots? Why not knit yourself a nice little Transformers hankie. ZakaaLife shows us how to knit this sexy blue hankie for your loved ones. via Make → Read More
Yesterday Japanese company Uniden announced [JP] it will start shipping a new 19-inch LCD-TV featuring the Sanrio character Hello Kitty from the middle of July. The TL19TX1 offers extra-low power consumption (72kWH per year), a resolution of 1440×810, a contrast ratio of 1,000:1 and 300cd/m² brightness. The device is equipped with a digital TV tuner, 2 speakers (3W each) and HDMI/component… → Read More
Reader Will sent us this iPhone Knowledge quiz he put together in a matter of minutes using something called SomeTests.com. I figure it’s a Friday, you guys might be bored, and you might enjoy doing a test, so here you go. → Read More
It’s sad, friends, but true, and this watch wants to remind you that soon you’ll be a grave man or woman. $150 at Watchismo. (via BBG) → Read More
Remind the wee ones that they’re never alone with Jennifer Lew’s plush security camera! The piece, made to illustrate an NYT story even includes a little mouse to, you know, symbolize the role of the PC as a stalking aid. It’s comforting yet vaguely unnerving at the same time, just like Grandpa! Plush Surveillance Camera By Jennifer Lew [DaddyTypes] → Read More
Awwww! So cute! Too bad when it grows up it will chew off our faces. via RobotsRule → Read More
The next time your girl has to walk home from your apartment by herself (jerk), make sure she’s equipped with this seemingly innocent pink seal pendant. Though it’s an extremely beautiful piece of jewelry, the real secret lies within the seal’s gut. See this pink pendant actually has a built-in tazer-like device to thwart attackers and muggers. 195V of electricity will be… → Read More