• TagCandy: Augmented Reality-Powered Candy Sucking System (Video)

    A team of researchers at Tokyo-based Keio University came up with a solution to make sucking candy more fun: dubbed TagCandy, their device intensifies the taste of real popsicles using augmented reality (the use of this term is a bit of a stretch in this case, but OK). All that users need to do is to stick the candy into the device and start licking it. Read More

  • Coming soon: Postage stamp-sized 1TB SSDs

    SSDs haven’t found their way into the mass market yet, but a team of Japanese researchers is already trying to make them more worthwhile. The team claims it has developed a technology that helps to shrink the size of SSDs by no less than 90%, makes them cheaper and boosts energy efficiency by 70%. Read More

  • About time: Japan wants to mass-produce electric buses

    We now have “green” cars, bicycles and even trains – so why shouldn’t we get electric buses? And apparently Japan asked the same question, as a number of local companies and institutions launched a collaborative project with the aim of developing an eco-friendly, large-size bus. Read More

  • Japanese university develops Ghost in the shell-like camouflage technology

    Tokyo-based Keio University has developed a cool optical camouflage system that can make a person invisible – almost, at least. The technology was showcased during the Digital Content Expo 2008 in Tokyo. All the person who wants to be “invisible” has to do is to wear a recursive reflective coat. The problem is just that the effect is only possible if the person in question… Read More

  • "World record": Japan grants patent after 17 days of screening

    This year the US beat Japan in patent application filing for the first time since 1963, but Nippon is prepared to bounce back. In fear of falling back in international competitiveness in the future, the Japan Patent Office introduced a new system to accelerate examinations of patents on a trial basis October 1 (“to become the world’s most advanced IP-based nation”). Read More