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  • Video gallery: Watch the Augmented Reality Tuttuki Bako Box in action

    Two weeks ago, I blogged about Bandai Japan’s Tuttuki Bako augmented reality-ish toy box, which is due out in Nippon on November 15 (price: $30). Bandai has set up a dedicated web site for the product in the meantime. The site is Japanese only but quite easy to understand. In addition to the strange (but official) video above, a few other clips cropped up in the last 24 hours, visualizing… Read More

  • Battle Titan: Meet Elekit's awesome model tank

    http://blip.tv/play/ih_T1QuJ5FQ Japanese electronics company Elekit is selling a model tank that is operated via a wireless remote control and fires off infrared “cannons”. Up to four of the so-called “Battle Titan” tanks (size: 150×90×165mm) can be controlled simultaneuously, engaging each other in battle. When firing cannons, the battery-powered tanks recoil and make a… Read More

  • Japanese alarm clock wakes up heavy sleepers with helicopter engine sound

    Japanese alarm clock wakes up heavy sleepers with helicopter engine sound

    Tokyo-based Toyo Trading [JP] is selling an alarm clock in the shape of a helicopter, which wakes up users with a tricky mechanism. Unfortunately, the device is Japan-only at this point. At the preset time, the clock launches a rotor up in the air that keeps on flying around while making an extra-annoying engine sound (see Toyo Trading’s promo video below). The battery-powered clock can only… Read More

  • Robo-Q: Tomy unveils thumb-sized walking robot

    Robo-Q: Tomy unveils thumb-sized walking robot

    Japanese toymaker Tomy Co unveiled Robo-Q, which is what they say the world’s smallest walking robot. The two-legged toy is just 3.4 centimeters high and weighs 12 grams. Robo-Q can detect obstacles and navigate through a maze using built-in infrared sensors. Users can also play games such as soccer with the battery-powered robot via a wireless controller. Charging the battery for 30 minutes… Read More

  • Augmented Reality? The Tuttuki Bako box needs your finger to play with virtual characters

    Augmented Reality? The Tuttuki Bako box needs your finger to play with virtual characters

    Who needs Augmented Reality Cybermaid Alice? Bandai Japan plans to release a palm-size cube in the middle of next month that lets you stick your finger into it to interact with the beings and things contained in the box. Read More

  • CEATEC 2008: Japanese research institute showcases one ugly and one cute robot

    CEATEC 2008: Japanese research institute showcases one ugly and one cute robot

    Japan’s NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology) is also present at CEATEC 2008 and two of their robots caught my eye, apparently integral elements of their “CareBots Project”. The one you see on the left in the picture above is called Infanoid and is a humanoid that is supposed to resemble a 3-4 year old child (seriously). Infanoid features a number… Read More

  • AeroSpider: The remote-controlled car that drives up walls

    AeroSpider: The remote-controlled car that drives up walls

    http://blip.tv/play/ih_QtyyJ5FQ Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy announced it will start selling the AeroSpider [JP], a radio-controlled car that can climb walls and drive on ceilings, on October 30 (availability outside Japan is unknown at this point). Just like ordinary toy cars, the battery-powered AeroSpider can also be used on horizontal surfaces. But pushing a switch at the back of the car… Read More

  • Japanese company sells "intelligent" toy helicopter

    Japanese company sells "intelligent" toy helicopter

    http://blip.tv/play/ih_M4DaJ5FQ Tokyo-based Taiyo Corp. [JP] is selling a new wireless toy helicopter for indoor use that can be used even in very small rooms. The beginner-friendly, so-called Micro Master HG3, features special sensors that prevent the helicopter from crashing into ceilings by descending automatically right before it would happen. Taiyo claims its the first company in the industry… Read More

  • Couch-fishing gets real with this new Japanese robot

    Couch-fishing gets real with this new Japanese robot

    http://blip.tv/play/ih_IiV6J5FQ Here comes another robot fish from Japan. Starting today, toymaker Nakajima [JP] ships “Dynamic Fishing”, a toy kit that consists of an angling rod, a lure and a robotic fish. The set is Nippon-only, but If you are interested and live outside Japan, you can order it via Amazon Japan [JP/ENG] for $27 plus shipping. The fish is passably similar to a real… Read More

  • Sega Toys Japan unveils overly cute robot dog that responds to commands

    Sega Toys Japan unveils overly cute robot dog that responds to commands

    From August 8th, Sega Toys Japan will start selling a robot dog [JP, PDF] specifically designed for children between 4-8 years old. The “Uchi no Suupa Doggu Sakadachi Rakki” (My Super Stand-up-and-beg Dog Lucky) can respond to a total of 13 spoken phrases. Sega Toys said the dog was developed with the voices of around 100 children who helped to improve the speech recognition… Read More