From rickshaws to OLED lights, Eco-Products 2011 in Tokyo was full of bright, unusual ideas.
Aside from Sony's battery powered by shredded paper, there were plenty of quirky products and ideas on display at the recent Eco-Products 2011 in Tokyo.
Fumitate Matsuoka from Tokyo-based Kurumaya, one of the few rickshaw makers left in Japan, poses with the latest model. It has a lightweight aluminum frame and a design featuring the new Tokyo Sky Tree, a tower that opens in 2012. It seats three and carries a price tag of 2,100,000 yen ($26,900).
Toto's infamous Toilet Bike Neo, which has a throne on the saddle, never fails to turn heads.
Toto has pooh-poohed media reports, however, by saying the bike does not run on human feces. It works with livestock waste and household waste water, and does not, in fact, function as a toilet.
These traditional Japanese charms, a manekineko cat and a Daruma doll, are meant to bring good fortune and prosperity. But Kawasaki-based Sumikoh has fashioned them out of charcoal and thus they act as powerful deodorizers.
Taiwan's Wellypower Optronics was showing off its Princess Series cold-cathode-fluorescent lamp bulbs, which promise a more natural lighting color. The company is pitching them as essential cosmetics accessories during makeup application.