The Latest Tech Gadgets From Japan
From ‘mind controlled’ cat ears to remote controlled mops!
Japan is a country known for some unusual creations and pastimes – both of which fascinate the international community and make some onlookers scratch their head. However you may feel about those gadgets, you can’t argue against their unique nature. As for the rest of us, we think they’re pretty cool. What are the coolest tech gadgets and gizmos out of Japan recently? Here are some items you may want to try and get your hands on while they’re still available.
Mind-Controlled Cat Ears
If you’ve watched enough anime in your life, at some point you’ve seen a girl or boy with cat ears sitting on top of their head. Half the time there was no explanation, but you rolled with it anyway. Deep down, you actually wondered whether or not it would be cool to have a pair of cat-ears all your own.
Well, you may be able to buy your own special cat ears soon. How special? These “mind-controlled” cat ears perk-up or lie flat based on your mood. Depending on where you look, the price ranges from $50 to $160. Remember: When it comes to quality, you often get what you pay for, and if you’re going to buy your own cat ears, they may as well be the best you can get, right?
Tablet Security Wire Mount
A less eccentric, but still brilliant, gadget from Japan is this tablet security wire mount for your iPad or other tablet. It’s no secret that tablet theft is a big problem. You may need to keep your tablet out in the open for an extended period of time in class or because there’s something you wish to show to a friend. This security mount keeps your tablet safe.
In addition to security, it’s also good for preventing it from being knocked over, cracked or broken. You may be familiar with a place that does Apple iPad repairs, but maybe you’d like something that can help you save money when it comes to accidents.
The mount is available in black or silver and costs around $85.
USB-Powered Pollen Blocker
Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means: seasonal pollen allergies. It’s so annoying in Japan that medical masks become the norm as a means of dealing with it.
Thanko went above and beyond when they created the USB-powered Pollen Blocker, described as a hay fever protection suit hood. As you can see, they meant business when they designed this hood, meant to keep out any and all pollen. It’s even said to be designed in a way that it won’t fog up on you. This is thanks to the quiet fan on top.
If you’re worried about looking like you just stepped out of the Apocalypse, the hood folds up into a cute and inconspicuously wearable cap. If hay fever makes you crazy, the $56 it will cost you for one of these may well be worth it.
Cleaning typically isn’t fun but it is necessary. For those who don’t enjoy the tedious task of mopping, there is a cute gadget that you should check out. The RC Sugoi mop by Kyosho promises a good time. It features a mop head with a handle and a remote control similar to what you see with toy cars.
If you buy a couple of these $29 remote-controlled mops, you and a friend can race them around the kitchen. Imagine cleaning and playing at the same time.
These are just a few of the quirky or creative items you’ll find courtesy of Japan. Many of them make use of the USB drive in ways you never considered. The products range in price from the expensive to the ridiculously affordable, making it easy for virtually anyone to get their hands on a cool Japanese gadget to show off to their friends.
Kayla Matthews is a Diverse Japan blogger, anime nerd and Japanese cultural enthusiast. You can check out her productivity blog at ProductivityTheory.com and follow her on Google+ and Twitter @KaylaEMatthews to get updates on her latest posts!