Japan

iREX 2015: World's Largest Robotics Tradeshow Begins Tomorrow in Tokyo
This year marks the 21st installment of the biennial exhibition, and it’s by far the largest iREX ever held - which, parallel to the increasingly diverse and booming global robotics industry, probably makes it the largest robotics event in history.

TokyoStreetView - December 01, 2015

TokyoStreetView: Tokyo Midtown Illumination (4K VIDEO)
Tokyo Midtown is popular among Japanese for its park as well as its many seasonal activities including a beer festa, the Sakura Sparkle Lounge event, Art Night, a month-long outdoor ice skating rink, and several night illumination installations as you can see in today’s video.
Japanese Laser Bacon and Other Food Hacks (VIDEO)
Kentaro Fukuchi, the mad bacon scientist and math sciences professor, and Hiroshi Takai, a Maker and film producer, are the driving force behind the desire to do something with food that’s never been done: map and cook bacon with a high-powered, precision laser cutter.
"There is no Gravy in East Asia" -Ancient Japanese Proverb (HAPPY THANKSGIVING!)

"Gross - You Guys Really Eat that Animal?

...says the Japanese guy looking at a turkey - in between bites of some partially alive, often uncooked sea creature.

360-Degree Spherical Tokyo Time-Lapse (VIDEO)
This doesn't really promote the fact per se, but it does sort of bend our optic nerves in a way that really, really drives the point home. Honestly, we haven't seen a lot of great Tokyo-based 360-degree time-lapse work, but it's no surprise that some of the first comes from darwinfish105 - but can your eyes take it all in?!
iPhone 4K Video Test: Tokyo Monorail Arrives at Hamamatsucho (VIDEO)
Sure, 4K is a relative term when the sensor is in a mobile phone, but if you’ve been shooting pixely mobile videos since the mid-2000’s, it’s pretty much impossible to not be blown away by what this year’s phlabby iPhone can do.
The STAR WARS / PREMIUM HOME COLLECTION, a room-themed pop-up filled with high-end, limited edition Star Wars housewares with high-end prices to match. Lots of cool stuff including tapestries, carpets, throw pillows, dishes, combination snow globe/speakers, and more!
Top 5 Japanese Tech (and culture) Videos of the Week
1) The oranges and reds and yellows of Fall near Tokyo Tower; 2) Dyson finally unleashes its autonomous home cleaning robot on the Japanese; 3) The Japanese Star Wars trailer you were looking for; 4) The place in rural Japan where Totoro lives; and 5) Electronically stabilize your action cam, son!
Solar-Powered Motion-Sensing Strobing Screech Alarm (NOVEMBER THANKO ROUND-UP PART 3 OF 3)
Set this bad boy to 1. Eagle Screech, 2. Dog Bark, or 3. Gun Shot (the three alert sound options), crank the volume up to 10, and sleep well knowing that flashing lights and obnoxious sounds will keep your trash safe and unmolested.
USB-Powered Heated Office Gloves (NOVEMBER THANKO ROUND-UP PART 2 OF 3)
If you’ve got a USB power source, you can keep your fingers warm. Good for typing, smartphone use, and of particular indication for those with poor circulation in the extremities - for whatever or whenever one can imagine needing warm, non-numbed-by-cold fingers.

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