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Japanese Kuratas mecha gets decked out in Microsoft Windows logos

The $1.3 million rideable robot gets the Microsoft Windows treatment for the Windows Spring Festival 2014 held at Akihabara, Japan.

By May 6, 2014


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 April 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 March 31, 2014


Akihabara: a quick tour

Thanks to its vast collection of electronics and anime stores, as well as game parlours, Akihabara has well and truly earned its nickname "electric town" — not that the rest of Tokyo is living in the bronze age, mind you.

23 Images By December 28, 2011


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 April 18, 2013


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 March 22, 2013


iPhone piggy bank predicts how well you'll do in life

Feed this box with 500-yen coins, stick to your savings plan, and keep your avatar in fine fettle.

By February 28, 2013


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 February 19, 2013


Sony farewells the cassette Walkman

After 33 years of life, Sony has finally discontinued production of its line of cassette Walkmans.

By December 9, 2012


Cold clicks? Snuggle your hand into this futon mouse pad

Based on Japanese traditional futon bedding, this USB pad is a warm nook for your mouse and your paw. It even comes with a pillow for your wrist.

By November 2, 2012