Archive for October, 2008

just saw this commercial…

yeah, so, minus annoying Japanese comedian, we’ve got ourselves a crazy-maneuverable toy car that drives on walls, ceilings, chairs, tables, anything…


This badboy comes out in a week at a decent price of about $45… veeeeery tempting

Here’s an explanation from a rep. at the Tokyo International Toy Show


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I got a greeeat present this week: a ‘robomop xp’

yeah, yeah.. you’re jealous.. it’s only natural. People are always talking about robots doing our bidding in the future but I’m already living the dream.
…well, before you start to imagine me sitting back in a leather chair and sipping bubbly while a robot picks crap out of my bearskin rug, we should take a step back and remember I said ‘mop’ not ‘vacuum’ :o)

When I opened the box, the first thing that struck me was that the frame (or Robo-exoskeleton as we call it in the business) weighed less than the cardboard box in came in…
but my disappointment soon disappeared when I realised what a wonderful piece of engineering I held in my hand.

Does anyone remember those ‘weasel balls’ that were all the rage (with cats), maybe.. 10 years ago?

Well, welcome to the 21st century…

…it’s now been turned into a robo-mop!
Simply make a really light, cheap plastic ring and attach some sort of tissue to the bottom of it. Then, in the middle of the ring, have some sort of cage to enclose the weasel ball so that while it flops, it mops!

Freakin’ brilliant

This website even labels it as ‘epoch-making’ :o)
I have a whole new appreciation for Norwegian technology now…

I totally want to name it…

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that’s ma boy!

This word is just straight-up cute…

So the characters literally mean “grandchild’s hands”… can you guess the word?
It means ‘backscratcher’…
Now I’m just not sure if that’s simply really cute or if someone should be reporting it to child welfare :o)

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Everybody has a key chain and/or cell phone straps in Japan. Most popular are anime characters and plush toys but there are also straps that looks exactly like pizza, potato chips, fried chicken… it’s a great way to advertise. Actually, I’ve even seen ones shaped like miniature blood bags with the person’s blood type written on it (in Japan blood type is equivalent to astrological signs in Western countries.) I won’t lie, there was a time when I really wanted to buy a strap shaped like golden poop haha

One thing that’s equally popular is touching things that are ‘kimochi ii’ (feel nice to touch). One company has been capitalizing on this lately with:

Infinite Edamame straps: enjoy the simple pleasures of popping beans out of their pod – forever.

Infinite Peri-peri: no need to destroy the environment with your fetish for peeling cardboard tabs from boxes.

and Infinite Puchi-puchi: why not pop bubble wrap forever?


btw, the same company also makes marble roller coasters. You can buy ones small enough to sit beside your computer at work or you can assemble ones massive enough to install in a mall. Here’s a medium-sized example…

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