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kna+ "yoko-pleats", a pretty and practical reusable shopping bag

All those campaigns to do away with plastic bags have made reusable shopping bags a hot item. This one is very cute and it’s a Japanese design.

kna+ "yoko-pleats" open
kna+ "yoko-pleats" open
  Many supermarkets are now starting to use reusable bags. Being an eco-friendly person has become cool And if you have a kna+ "yoko-pleats" bag, you’re way trendy!

This reusable shopping bag is made of corn and it’s 100% biodegradable. It can be processed as organic garbage because it turns into carbon dioxide and water when burned.

It’s very lightweight and compact but, when you open it up, it’s large enough to carry four 2-liter bottles.

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 on 15 Oct 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Unusual gifts

Breakfast Machine

This breakfast machine prepares a full breakfast composed of coffee, an omelet, some toast with jam and orange juice.

This is how the Breakfast Machine looks like
This is how the Breakfast Machine looks like
  It’s every over-sleeper’s dream: to get up and find breakfast is served, nice and warm, freshly made and still steaming hot. Many filmmakers have also fantasized about a breakfast machine, and films such as Flubber, Casper and Wallace & Gromit propose versions of this invention, which, to date, has yet to exist... or has it?

You could say something resembling this machine has now been manufactured in Amsterdam where, just a few weeks ago, an atypical design studio called Platform21 embarked upon the Breakfast Machine project.

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 on 13 Oct 2009 by Marta Reig in News and curiosities

Rollip, online photo-to-Polaroid converter

Choose an effect, personalize the frame and load your photo. In just a few minutes, Rollip will turn your digital photo into a Polaroid snapshot. It’s simple, fun and free of charge.

One of the photos posted on Rollip’s Flickr group
One of the photos posted on Rollip’s Flickr group
  Some months ago, we told you about Poladroid, a free software program that generates Polaroid-style images and even reproduces this camera’s flaws and tricks: the minutes’ long wait, the clunky noises, the need to wave the photos in the air in order to speed up processing...

Now we’ve discovered a web page that recovers all the charm of Polaroids.

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 on 13 Oct 2009 by Marta Reig in News and curiosities

Bowlingual Voice, A Simultaneous Translator for Dog Barks

Bowlingual Voice is a Japanese gadget that instantly translates dog barks into human language. Now you can finally talk with your dog!

Bowlingual Voice’s functions
Bowlingual Voice’s functions
  "If only my dog could talk..." Ever think that? Takara Tomy’s Bowlingual Voice has made your dream come true: it’s a simultaneous translator for dog barks.

This product first came out in 2002. The original model was a huge success with over 300,000 units sold. The 2009 version has the added novelty of incorporating a voice, an extra feature that was developed based on analyzing animals’ feelings.

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 on 8 Oct 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos

Punch Camera. To print out your photos, just punch it.

Shoot, punch and share: that’s the spirit behind Punch Camera, a camera that instantly prints photos on paper.

Shoot, punch and share your photos with Punch Camera
Shoot, punch and share your photos with Punch Camera
  Matty Martin is an industrial design student from San Francisco who has developed a camera that, if it ever makes it out on the market, could well be as big a hit as the legendary Polaroid. It’s the same concept, getting an instant snapshot, but uses a different technique. His invention is called Punch Camera and, as the name indicates, you have to hit the camera in order to get a printed photo.

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 on 7 Oct 2009 by Marta Reig in News and curiosities

Muscle March, a Wii game for "gym rats"

Muscle March is a Wii game that reproduces a gym’s homoerotic environment. It’s out only in the Japanese market.

Muscle March characters look like this
Muscle March characters look like this
  Muscle March is the name of this atypical Wii game by Bandai Namco Games. It’s only been launched on the market in Japan. It’s a game the recreates a gym’s homoerotic environment, and the protagonists are some very peculiar characters: a bunch of body builders and a polar bear.

The game is very simple. You have to hold the Wii remote
and use it as a nunchaku.

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 on 6 Oct 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos

ClockMan, A Japanese Talking Clock

This Japanese clock tells the time out loud. ClockMan has 4 different personalities, corresponding to blood types A, B, O and AB.

This is Clockman
This is Clockman
  Clokman is a Japanese clock that has no hands to indicate the time. It doesn’t even have a digital display. How does it tell time? Well, it talks! And it’s quite a chatterbox. Whenever it has nothing better to do, it starts talking. It says different things depending on the time of day and season of the year. And, when your birthday comes around, it’ll wish you a happy birthday.

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 on 5 Oct 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese videos

"Veho" USB Microscope

We’ve tested this microscope and analyzed everything: a coin, ipod head phones, a set of keys, a plush toy... It’s addictive.

It's small and lightweight
It's small and lightweight
  We were really psyched to try out Veho’s USB miscroscope and discover whether it was as amazing as we thought it was when we first bought it. We also thought it might be fun to analyze everything around us and take pictures of it. That’s why we opened one and tested it out to see how it works.

The microscope is small, compact and lightweight.

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 on 5 Oct 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts

Kudamemo, A Very Delicious Note Pad

Kudamemo are note pads that are shaped like pears and apples and packed in real fruit boxes. They’re so realistic, you’ll want to take a bite.

They’re protected by a net, like real fruit
They’re protected by a net, like real fruit
  They look like delicious pieces of fruit, but, if you look closely... they’re note pads! These pears and apples were created by D-bros, a company that designs very original products.

The fact is, this product is actually quite sophisticated for a note pad: it uses real fruit stems and the seeds printed on the note pads look real. They also look so pretty and temptingly delicious, you’ll find it hard to tear off the pages...

Plus, if you buy six, you can have them delivered home in a box, as if it were really fruit.

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 on 29 Sep 2009 by Ayumi Nakai in Japanese Culture

Sega Toys’ Star Theater Star Projector

We’ve tested Sega Toy’s star projector at home. We’ll tell you how it works and what we think of it.

Everything that’s included in the Sega Toys’ Star Theater Star Projector package
Everything that’s included in the Sega Toys’ Star Theater Star Projector package
  Sega Toys describes "Star Theatre" as projector that will turn any room into a miniature planetarium. The Sega Toys projector was designed by Takayuki Ohira, a Japanese designer who loves stars and created his first portable planetarium while he was still in school. With that background, you might expect to find a huge and incredibly sophisticated contraption, accompanied by a colossal instruction book.

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 on 28 Sep 2009 by Marta Reig in Unusual gifts
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