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  • The "Potato Chip Hand" lets you eat chips, protects your fingers from getting greasy (video)

    I am true believer of the hypothesis that the sillier a given country’s gadgets, the fewer problems it has. In the case of Japan, we now have the Potechi No Te, which translates to Potato Chip Hand. It’s actually silly and not silly at the same time, as it’s meant to protect your fingers from getting greasy every time you eat chips. Read More

  • Love-Digi Moving Photo Camera is a portable photo booth – almost (video)

    Here’s something yourself or your sister might be particularly interested in: A digital camera that helps you to pretty up pictures taken with it on the go. The so-called Love-Digi Moving Photo Camera [JP] is made by Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy and based on the cultural phenomenon of Purikura, photo booths in Japan that especially teenage girls use to create decorated snaps of themselves. Read More

  • Clockman: Japanese alarm clock has its own personality (video)

    Japan sure has a penchant for weird alarm clocks, as we blogged many times in the past. And Clockman, a new model from major Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy, isn’t really normal either. Reasons: It looks creepy, it can speak, its eyes and mouth can move and Takara Tomy says it even has a personality and “blood type” (seriously). Read More

  • New mini toy car: Penny Racer Hybrid (video)

    Toy maker Takara Tomy’s mini vehicles are being sold everywhere in the world. Marketed as Penny Racers in the US and Choro Q in Japan, the series so far includes mini helis, trains and even small UFOs that attack Tokyo. And now the company has announced Choro Q Hybrid mini cars [JP] for the Japanese market. Read More

  • "Bowlingual": Portable dog language translator (video)

    Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy claims it has developed a device that can translate what a dog “says” into human language and emoticons in real time. And the so-called “Bowlingual” [JP] isn’t being marketed as a (pure) gag product. Jointly developed with an acoustics research laboratory and a veterinarian, the Bowlingual works wirelessly (your dog must wear a… Read More

  • Micropet-i: New robo-animals from Japan to melt your heart

    These must be the cutest robots since the thumb-sized Robo-Qs: Takara Tomy (Tomy in the US) today announced the Micropet-i series [JP, PDF], which consists of nine different (very small and adorable) robotic animals. This is the same company responsible for said Robo-Qs. Read More

  • Move over Tamagotchi: New virtual pet Yuruppy likes being rubbed and needs no care

    Bandai’s everlasting Tamagotchis, which recently got upgraded to color, face some serious competition from another Japanese toy maker. Takara Tomy has developed the Yuruppy, which is as least as cute but requires no care at all. Read More

  • Tomy exits North American toy market (almost)

    Today is a sad day for gadget lovers. Japanese toy maker Tomy is pulling the plug on the North American market. The company behind the i-Sobot, the Dustbot, the digi cam with built-in printer and the AeroSpider said Tuesday it will focus on Europe instead. Read More

  • Takara Tomy uses pooping camera in TV commercial

    Takara Tomy’s digital camera with built-in Zink printer is out now in Japan (for $350) and having held the thing in my hand yesterday, I can say it’s very bulky. So be ready for a minor disappointment when the camera hits American stores (probably in April/May next year). Takara Tomy is brave enough to export the camera but they will not have the guts to air the Japanese commercial… Read More

  • Japan chooses 2008's best robots (photo gallery)

    Last year’s Grand Prize winning robot There should be no doubt that Japan is the world’s leading nation when it comes to the production and promotion of robots of all kinds. Each year, Nippon’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) chooses a handful of robots it thinks are especially cool and gives them the so-called Robot Award [JP]. The ministry yesterday announced… Read More

  • xiao TIP-521: Tomy releases 5 megapixel camera with built-in printer

    Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy today unveiled a new digital camera that features a built-in printer [JP] and is ailmed at women in their 20s and 30s as well as families. The company says it will soon release more products that are based on the same technology. The so-called xiao TIP-521 comes with the following specs:
    – 5 megapixels
    – 4x digital zoom
    – 2.48-inch LCD screen
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