The Japanese tech scene is known for its humanoid robot creations that look uncannily human, down to their expressions, ability to make eye-contact, and their unnerving ability to exhibit anger, joy, and sadness to name a few. But, not all of Japan’s inventions elicit wonder for the same reasons.
The country is also known as the weird candy champions of the world. One such contribution to tech’s history books is the development of a “Twerking Butt Pudding”. The butt-shaped pudding is a DIY candy that fits into a martini glass and comes equipped with its own red undergarment. The best thing about this candy is the fact that it jiggles!
Tech-wearables are all the rage right now. But if you think the Apple watch or Google Glass is the height of such endeavours, researchers at Japan’s Hiroshima City University are currently testing a wearable PC that looks like a clap-on earphone.
The wireless 17-gram device is controlled by gestures such as blinking an eye or the clicking of a tongue. The device uses sensors to detect tiny movements inside the ear, which differ depending on which part of the face is used. The idea is to connect the device to current devices like an Ipad in order to browse apps and perform other tasks using facial gestures.
Researchers aim to commercialise the device by 2016.
The Totsugeki Zukyun
Wearing your heart on your sleeve receives a tech overhaul with AU Unlimited Future Laboratory’s Totsugeki Zukyun prototype. The device straps to the chest of the user and lets a potential love interest know how the user feels by shooting a heart out of a box like a cuckoo clock. It also makes a cute noise and lets out a pleasant aroma.
Contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami partnered with Belgium’s Frisk Neo to create artistically inspired, edible mint tablets. Murakami blended colourful patterns with a range of flavours in an effort to provide normal customers with an opportunity to consume his art. The limited addition creations were sold at most of Japan’s convenience stores.