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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Counting the quake-is-coming countdown alert systems in Japan

Knowing when the quake will arrive keeps getting easier in Japan. Official earthquake warnings that pop up in a window on your computer screen is the latest alert method. Already earthquake warnings are broadcast on TV. Cable TV providers and telecoms offer…

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

RFID rail pass also tracks your kid’s every movement

Kids carrying an RFID contactless transit smartcard can also use it to automatically notify parents of their whereabouts.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Japanese jelly candy might just choke you to death

Hey kids, see this sweet candy? You probably want some, right? Here you go…no, can’t have it! Put it back behind the counter. It’s dangerous. And don’t let grandma buy it either.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Panasonic’s fender cam for car parking no-hopers

People with stiff necks and particularly short drivers are likely to rejoice when they see the latest car-safety innovation from Panasonic Japan – a rear-view camera and monitor rig.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Wrestling machine snaps players' arms in two

In one of the most peculiar tech-related stories we’ve seen in recent weeks (not including satire, of course), a Japanese games company has recalled dozens of its arcade machines to stop them breaking players’ limbs.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Nissan concept car bristling with Big-Brother technology

As we’ve seen before, Nissan Japan is actively developing and employing technologies to increase the safety of their vehicles, with a particular emphasis on combating drunk driving and minimizing the impact of accidents.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Undead Japanese gadgets provoking fear and loathing at 30,000 feet

The tense security climate that airlines worldwide currently operate in is now bringing an unexpected technical challenge for both passengers and staff, as Japanese carriers have been finding out recently.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Japan’s pedestrians to show up on in-car sat-nav systems


Nissan, which is apparently on a mission to push cars into a new era in Japan, this week announced the latest stage in ongoing research into using technology to reduce traffic accidents, particularly those involving pedestrians.

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