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16 Tuesday, 02 February 2010 15:55
According to an Asiajin article, Softbank has set a packet limit on the unlimited Softbank iPhone plan. Asiajin reported in Oct 2009 that a packet limit has been set at 10m packets.

After recent correspondence with Softbank, Smokyo can now reveal that the packet limit has been set a staggering 1bn packets. When asked for confirmation of this limited the Softbank employee replied that it was 1 billion packets or 300GB of data transmission.
On a Softbank bill that would represent a charge of 80 million yen (or about 10 years salary if you have a half decent job) if there were no "unlimited" package plan available. This is compared to 750MB Fair usage limit for Orange in the UK.

What's the highest data usage you've managed? Mine is 29 million packets...
15 Sunday, 31 January 2010 23:58

Office Paper to Toilet Paper - White Goat Paper Recycler : DigInfo
At Eco-Products 2009, Oriental Co., Ltd. exhibited a revolutionary recycling machine called White Goat, which makes toilet paper from shredded paper.

White Goat also has a shredding machine in it. The shredded paper first goes into a hopper, where it is untangled in small batches, and its then dissolved in a pulper. Any foreign matter is removed in a tank, and the pulp consistency is adjusted. Next, the wet paper is thinned out and dried. The dry paper is wound into finished toilet rolls, which emerge from the outlet one at a time. All of these tasks are done automatically.

White Goat won a top prize at the Monozukuri Nippon awards. It has patents pending, and Oriental is getting ready to release it in summer 2010.

14 Sunday, 31 January 2010 00:21

Here's a short video showing how toilets in Japan (and indeed the rest of Asia) are used; how to
squat and a run down of the features on the brand new sit-down toilets available today.
As usual with these kinds of light instructional/ cultural insight videos, a fairly dim-witted foreigner gets to
"act out" his frustration with the Japanese cultural problem in a comedic manner.
He then gets to ask a sensei for some answes to his questions. The sensei is accompanied by his "daughter"

13 Saturday, 17 October 2009 13:15
Demostrating the latest in cutting-edge balacing acts is a new robot on a unicycle from robot producer Murata Seisakusho. Named Murata Seiko-chan, this is first robot to demonstate such balancing skills not only whilst on the move but also when almost stationary.


12 Saturday, 10 October 2009 19:00

A Japanese clothier unveils a business suit that claims to protect wearers from the H1N1 swine flu virus.

How does it work?

Well, the suit is coated with titanium dioxide which according to labs test kill

the H1N1 virus when exposed to light.It is said that it is the first of the kind in the industry.

Doctors, however, disagree with the suit's effectiveness and even that of the mask claiming

that staying away from crowds and crowded places when you are ill is the best prevention.

11 Sunday, 30 August 2009 23:00

Another top invention from the land of the rising gadget. Similar to the station hat- the hat with a sign asking other passengers to wake the wearer at a certain station- but technologically much more sophisticated.

This useful Japanese Gadget has an LED display. Filmed while in the testing stage, the gadget was a titanic failure. The sign LED display reads "Mejiro de orimasu" or" I'm getting off at Mejiro" but unfortunately nobody told him. With the camera present, possibly a case observer's paradox...

10 Monday, 20 July 2009 01:07

The Bowlingual is back!

Another wonderful gadget from Japan is the Bowlingual from TakaraTomi. It's a dog translator that lets pet owner understand how the dog is feeling. Released in the early 00s, this has been revamped and repackaged with a host of new features including a verbal translation of what you canine is trying to tell you.

Here is an ad of the latest Bowlingual Dog Translating Gadget...


9 Thursday, 09 July 2009 00:01
Yes. Softbank have updated to iphone 3.0 and yes jailbreaking is possible with redsn0w. Tethering isn't a on the menu or settings- atleast I haven't found it yet but if you Iphone is jailbroken then you can down load PDAnet on cydia and use that for tethering. I'm not sure if or how you would be charged for doing it but you would be breaking your terms and conditions with Softbank though.
8 Wednesday, 08 July 2009 23:54
Another set of culinary robots from the Food Machinery and Technology Expo 2009.
7 Friday, 19 June 2009 11:08
Have any softbank users updated to iPhone 3 yet? If u have, is it possible to jailbreak? Also is the tethering function available?
6 Thursday, 18 June 2009 18:34

A Jailbroken Iphone 3.0 with QuickPWN (6/18/09)

The Jailbreak version should be with us in a few days according to the QuickPWN website.

Without doubt will still be the best gadget Japanese or not. And i's now got Cut and Paste- Something I had back in 1995 with the release of Windoze 95. Come Apple- Catch up!

5 Thursday, 18 June 2009 18:19
Here's a sushi making Robot
4 Thursday, 04 June 2009 12:32
the love getter was a real revolution in how people found love. It was on the market in the 1990s. A small radio transmitter that had 3 settings looking for a friend, girl/ boy friend, and pure sex. If you passed someone of the opposite sex who had a love getter in their pocket on the same setting. It would start to vibrate and beep. The two would then initiate conversation and things went on from there. A desceet way to find love and friendship.
3 Sunday, 15 February 2009 00:02
3) Station Hat
How many times have you been on the train and not been able to get a seat. If everyone adopted this little beauty then you could more accurately gauge who to stand in front of in order to get a seat. A classy solution to an ever-present problem.
2 Thursday, 05 February 2009 23:42

2) Cat Mop

Companies are spending millions of yen researching robots and robot technology just to get a bit of housework done. What's the point when a cat do the same for the price of a small tin of cat food or a fish.

1 Thursday, 05 February 2009 00:33
1) The 360 Degree Camera
Here's an invention for you. Doesn't really seem all that useless as it takes a 360 degree photo of the spot you happen to be in. The Patent was purchased by Google who then went on to use it for the Street View thingy. And the inventor went on to make a shit load of cash.

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