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Photos: A stroll through Akihabara, gadget center of the world

Senior editor Wayne Cunningham hits the legendary gadget district in Japan in search of weird and wonderful electronics.

By Oct. 23, 2007


Photos: A stroll through Akihabara, gadget center of the world

While in Japan for the 2007 Tokyo auto show, we took a trip through Akihabara, Japan's world-famous district of electronics shops. Akihabara includes shops tiny and large, selling everything from computers to transistors. It's an electronics wonderland.

17 Images By Oct. 23, 2007


LED fingernail stickers detect Android smartphones

Want your hands to sparkle in a darkened club? Perhaps you're a really glamorous cell phone thief? Lumi Deco Nails include tiny LED antennas that light up when NFC signals are nearby.

By Apr. 10, 2014


Google's April Fools' prank puts Pokemon in the real world

The search giant's latest addition to its Maps smartphone app includes 150 "catchable" Pokemon, part of a hoax we can only hope foreshadows augmented reality uses down the line.

By Mar. 31, 2014


Voltissimo can juice your smartphone in 15 minutes

Buffalo's battery can power your mobile devices double-quick when you're on the go.

By Mar. 22, 2013


Thanko glasses give you HD POV video on the cheap

For just $91, you can take full HD video with these specs. The frames may look a little clunky, but the camera is barely noticeable.

By Apr. 18, 2013


Researchers create touchable 3D technology

Glasses-free image display out of Japan makes 3D characters more tangible by floating them in midair in a real environment.

By Sep. 21, 2011


This sheet turns your windows into mirrors

Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology says its stick-on film turns glass into a smart window, and can reduce the air conditioning load by reflecting sunlight.

By Feb. 19, 2013


Giant fembots land in Tokyo's red light district

Untold millions have gone into creating a bizarre floor show of 10-foot-tall robots and dancing girls.

By Aug. 2, 2012


Japan killings suspect allegedly posted warnings online

Man arrested in connection with Sunday's deadly rampage in the Akihabara electronics district in Japan allegedly posted information prior to the killing spree.

By Jun. 9, 2008