• Wrestling and boxing gong-shaped alarm clocks test your reaction time

    Japan and its alarm clocks. We just blogged the bizarre Clockman on Monday, but major Japanese toy maker Banpresto‘s two new models aren’t too normal either. The company has designed alarm clocks using wrestling and boxing gongs as the design motif. The idea actually kind of makes sense but is cruel at the same time. Read More

  • Traffic light alarm clock with extra-loud 40mm speaker

    For some reason, Japan has a thing for strange alarm clocks. Think of the helicopter clock, the Gun o’ clock or the railroad sign clock, for example. And now major Japanese toymaker Banpresto follows up with an alarm clock that has the characteristics of a traffic light [link leads to Amazon Japan, the company hasn’t set up a dedicated site for the gadget yet]. Read More

  • Twinkle Pict is a digital Zoetrope that can help you relax

    Banpresto in Japan will soon release the Twinkle Pict, a digital version of the zoetropes our ancestors used to spend their spare time with. The Twinkle Pict creates animation-like shadows in a room through a light that’s being projected on little figures spinning inside it. Read More

  • Facebank 2: The creepiest piggy bank ever?

    Creepy gets an upgrade. The first version of the Facebank wasn’t really a picknick for the eyes, but now Japan-based toy maker Banpresto not only decided it’s time for an update but that their piggy bank must even get scarier. How? By just replacing the eyes with ears. Read More

  • No idea why, but they made a USB-powered shaking hip (video)

    We featured Bandai’s weird beer can simulator yesterday, mentioning the company started behaving strangely a few weeks ago. Now Banpresto, a subsidiary company of the Japanese toy giant, adds another odd gadget to the mix: A mini shaking hip that’s powered by USB [JP]. Yes, Thanko is innocent this time. Video after the jump. Read More

  • New alarm clock shaped like a railroad crossing sign wakes you up with annoying signals

    The sleep-deprived Japanese seem to have a soft spot for wacky alarm clocks. Now Tokyo-based toy and video game maker Banpresto presents an alarm clock in the shape of a Japanese railroad crossing sign. Banpresto hasn’t included its newest product on their own website yet but the (official) promo picture above says the clock has extra-large speakers (40mm) to make sure you wake up when… Read More