From the "how is it that this is coming out of Italy and not Japan" part of the Web comes the Emoticon Keyboard, or as it's formally known, "Bajca: The Emotional Communication."
This is basically a keyboard that plugs into your USB slot and can be used to type emoticons. I mean why waste time typing out carats, colons, dashes, and parentheses when one button from the emo keyboard can do it all for you?
Also, depending on how sturdy these things are, you could even smash your emotions out if said emotions call for it.
Also, in a crazy, quirky, multipurpose turn of events, each emoticon ball can be removed from the keyboard and used as jewelry. From the pics, it looks like you'll be able to wear the little guys around your neck, wrist, or finger.
Seriously, this was made in Japan and just licensed by an Italian company, right?
I mean check out this quote from the press materials. "Is the essential object, that should already exist. The need has always been there, just not realized. We'll exchange feelings, live and tell stories about our lives. Now our new dictionary, our way to live and tell will be with small touch buttons of plastic. What an emotion!!!"
Every quirky Japanese company out there should be suing these guys.