Japan Only

  • Japan gets exclusive, super-cute Hello Kitty-Roomba

    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… Read More

  • It's an ionizing, MP3-playing thingy!

    [photopress:handy_mp3_player.jpg,full,center] At 128MB, I’m not sure if I’d call this an acne-fighting MP3 player or an acne-fighting gizmo with MP3 capability, but it is what it is, sort of. See, you hold it to your face for ten minutes with it set to “negative” and it shoots your pores with negative ions. Then do the same thing set to “positive” and it does… Read More

  • Hitachi brings e-ink to Japanese clamshells, we hope to see it here soon

    [photopress:14445_large.jpg,full,center] We don’t see too many Hitachi-branded mobiles here in the states, but we might soon see the e-ink technology it used with this new Japanese handset. Eschewing the small, LCD screen most clamshells have on the outside, this W61H instead features large e-ink displays. Sadly, there’s not enough powere here to display new texts, but it allows for… Read More

  • Wake Up Angel: Electronic No-Doze, Less Side Effecty

    I’m hoping this little guy makes the jump across the Pacific, because it’s time for some of you suckers to go back to school! And if school for you was anything like it was for me, it’s just one big long exhausted hangover. But if you want to grow up to be a popular blogger, like yours truly, you’ll need something to keep you awake during those boring classes. I… Read More

  • Another Asian Power Suit: Why They'll Win the War

    Maybe it’s not quite as uber-strong as the HAL-5 exoskeleton, the Tokyo University of Science’s Muscle Suit is still nothing to be laughed at. Exchanging actual muscle usage for gadgetry, the powered suit lets you lift things your normally couldn’t on your own, like Rush Limbaugh. The suit’s not portable, though; an external compressor and air regulation system are… Read More

  • Japanese Pedal-Powered Roller Coaster: Exactly What It Sounds Like

    I recall being on a field trip in DC as a kid and seeing some exhibit at the Smithsonian with similar physics, and at the time the thought in my mind was “no way in hell I’m getting on that.” My sentiments here echo those of my youth. It’s a roller coaster with cars you pedal. No, really. The green ride has carts on a track that are propelled by the people who ride in them. Read More

  • Mouse + D-Pad – Other Languages

    If your computer’s OS is in Japanese, and you want a four-way D-pad on your mouse, then Buffalo has something for you, friend! It’s a mouse with a four-way D-pad that only works with Japanese computers! Don’t you want one? Yes you do! Even more exciting is that according to the source, it’s “ambidextrous”. We’re not sure what that word means, but it… Read More

  • Emergency Bear: A Teddy For Catastrophe

    Emergency Bear gives your kids more than a hug. Emergency Bear gives your kids things he or she will need while running away from the guy in the van that hangs out across the street from the school, like a flashlight, medicine, a first aid kit, and emergency slippers. Yes, in Japan, where Emergency Bear is from, kids need emergency slippers. Emergency Bear! [Rakuten co japan] Read More

  • USB, Optical Snow Globe Mouse

    The only creature stirring on your desk this Xmas should be a mouse, a snowglobe mouse, really (haha!). It’s your standard optical USB mouse with scrollwheel, with the exception of the damned snow scene in the palm rise, which is made of transparent plastic. Shake it up, and artificial snow falls slowly to the ground through the Astroglide-like substance inside. There it rests at the feet… Read More

  • USB WiFi Dongle with Integrated Hotspot Finder

    . E-Let, a Japanese gear house, knows this. It also realizes that those of us who choose to be mobile require as little encumbrance as possible, thus the love of converged devices. That line of thought went on to produce this combo WiFi finder/WiFi USB dongle it offers in Japan under the WiFiWalker brand. The smallish LCD readout on the front gives you signal strength and other information… Read More

  • PlayStation 3 Games Get Pricey

    . That’s a good move for Sony, as the Wii from Nintendo is poised to launch at under $300. What’s not so hot, however, is news that PlayStation 3 games could cost as much as $75 to $84 at launch. Besides the known problems plaguing the new PlayStation, including feature-creep and delays, the costs of developing games for the system is higher–due, in part, to the Cell… Read More

  • Buffalo Brings TV to Your USB

    <img src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/U2 TV tuner is a hardware dongle that gives your laptop or desktop TV via USB. The cool little device has support of external antennas to boost reception, and is powered from your USB bus. The U2 monicker does not mean it's red and black. The included software allows you to record Mpeg-4 at 320×180 (not so hot)… Read More

  • Geared Keyboard Prevents Typos?

    Don’t you hate typos? Our editors like them – it gives them something to do – but the new Elecom TK-U09FG keyboard due for release next month in Japan might put them out of work. Instead of a standard or scissor action, each key is “geared”, meaning it’s got a pair of rack and pinions that make the key depress evenly across the face, so the center and… Read More

  • Ricoh Drops Two New Ruggedized Wireless Cameras

    If you’ve got an 8.13 megapixel camera, and you want to improve on it, what would you do? You’d make it shockproof. And waterproof. And dustproof. Then you’d have a ruggedized, “sport camera”, perfect for the outdoorsman. But outdoorsmen need to pack light, so you wouldn’t want to bring any of those pesky cables with you. So you’d make sure to make… Read More

  • Panasonic D-Snap SD800N: Noise-Cancelling, Small


    This is a Japan-only product right now, but it was worth mentioning. The D-Snap SD800N is a noise-cancelling MP3 player that stores music on SD cards – did that ever work for people? – and is designed to work with Panasonic’s line of speakers and gear. While I think noise-cancelling is great in theory, in practice it might suck. Imagine: you stuff this into your bag and… Read More