← Squat toilets (L) are the bane of my existence here in Japan. My cellphone or wallet is aways falling out and plopping into my own plop, arrrg.
Today, however, I have learned of a remoted-controlled “Robo Squatmobile” (below) that will serve me rather than my poop’s evil intentions. ↓
Remote Controlled Toilet to help you move items http://t.co/GwOi1SDXS7 pic.twitter.com/zpc8FavXN1 — Yuki Rinkya (@rinkya) March 6, 2014
Previous posts of plop about the poop on Japanese squat toilets include:
• BURNING BIDETS! Toto’s ‘Tornado Wash’ toilet (3Yen / 2007-04-19)
• Hi-tech toilet anxiety . . . in Japan (3Yen / 2011-12-21)
• I Sit ‘n’ Pee — It’s Japanese! ↓ (3Yen / 2010-05-22)
In their new collaboration, Japanese air conditioner manufacturer, Daikin Industries and ‘Smart Car’ of Mercedes-Benz unveiled their “Smarpy™” electric vehicle.
According to goofy Google Translate of Mercedes-Benz-connection.com (2014-Feb-28):
At the “Knowledge Plaza” of the Grand Front complex of Daikin Industries in Osaka held a “Smart Fes! (Smart festival)” to unveiling the “Smart fortwo electric drive” the Smarpy™, which is a collaboration “Pichon-kun” mascot of Daikin Industries and Mercedes Japan.
As winners at last week’s Grammy Awards, you were sure to notice the stellar appearance of the Daft Punk robots…
In fact the Daft Punk robots are such favorite that most larger Japanese electronics stores you buy your own helmet, plug in, and join The Collective. (^_-)｡☆
↑ Japanese shopping for robot head mask at a Yamada Denki store.
Learn the rest-of-the-story of these Japanese robot heads ↓ in the COMMENTS section.
I would love to see how this new facial ID system handles all the outliers* such as the 10-to-20% of the Japanese population who wear surgical masks during both the winter flu season and the 4-to-6 month long pollen season.
Facial ID tech to be set at Osaka station
The Yomiuri Shimbun | January 30, 2014
…The station, which serves 820,000 passengers per day, is scheduled to be the stage of an unusually large study on tracking location data using facial-recognition technology…
…Each camera is to photograph people’s faces within a three-square-meter area, and assign each face an ID based on its characteristics.
When a person is recognized by another camera, the time and location will be recorded. Each person’s behavior will then be tracked for one week…more...
Outliers ”Я” Us : I am one of these outliers for facial recognition. Whenever I go to work at the Japanese R&D center of Toshiba and I try to walking in on crutches wearing a hoodie, their automatic entry authorization camera system fails to recognize my face or that I’m a human.
WARNING, WARNING: Quadruped alien identified.
I know, I know…Cool story, bro.(meme)
Previous reports on the 3Yen about Japanese face scanning technologies and countermeasures include:
• Facial recognition for surgical mask wearing Japanese
(3Yen / 2006-01-14)
• Digital makeup, Japanese
(3Yen / 2011-04-18) ↓
• Anti-surveillance chic from Japan
(3Yen / 2013-01-29) ↓
After decades of struggle for break-out hit to match the Walkman, Sony has finally locked down an hardware category…for prisons.
The ‘iPod of Prison’:
What makes this Sony radio an instant classic behind bars?
The Independent | 17 January 2014
…there’s one demographic with whom the Japanese company is still incredibly popular: American prisoners.
This is all thanks to an AM/FM radio built especially for the market. Known in typically utilitarian Sony-speak as the SRF-39FP (the FP stands for ‘Federal Prison’) the radio was first released fifteen years ago but remains a firm favourite to this day…more...
Previous 3Yen reports on Sony’s continued fcuk-ups include:
• SONY’s latest fembot dampdream (3Yen / 2012-03-14)
• Sony’s make-believe business (3Yen / 2011-11-02)
• Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Sh*t
That Doesn’t F***ing Work
(3Yen / 2009-02-10)
DENTAL PECKER™ for interdental brushing of teeth by YAMAZEN corporation of Japan, of course.
Click to play the video of Pecker enjoyment…
Just in time for Halloween (3Yen / 2013-10-25) and straight from the Uncanny Valley (3Yen / 2010-08-05), check out Japan’s newest robo-girl, “Sa-chan“…
Robo-guide bot Sa-chan shown above made her debut at the big robotics and advanced technologies exhibition, “HUMAN SENSing 2013″ going on at Yokohama now. Sa-chan has ten different animated faces/personalities as well as newly-developed recognition technologies for face recognition, avoidance detection, and gesture interpretation according to the always goofy Google Translate of the Expo’s press release.
Watch the video below of Sa-chan the guide-bot in action.
Our funny friends in Best Korea write…
WOW! Check out this great girl!
It’s time to move back to Japan and
get married to a vending machine…
The guy in the commercial is having a bad day. Surprisingly the vending machine shocks by asking him if he’s OK. By scanning the QR barcode with his cellphone and he can “connect” and hook up with the vending machine girl (app).
Then goes to his job and tells his coworker about the Georgia coffee machine girlfriend. The commercial show his vending machine girlfriend sending his text messages telling him things like “Cheer up,” “Smile,” and “Take it easy.”
Here’s the app if you need vending machine girlfriend…
Click for the app on Google Play…
This commercial is not science fiction.
Many Japanese Coke machines are connected to the internet to share real-time inventory and marketing data with the Coca-cola Mothership. When I buy my morning ‘can coffee,’ the machine wishes a cheery “Ohayo/Morning!” tells me it’s going to colder today and reminds me to have an umbrella because it may rain later in the day (using online weather data). The Coke machine’s LED display then offers me a QR barcode for a game app especially for a rainy day.
All in all, my daily Japanese experience is not that much different than the Vending Machine Lover shown in the above TV commercial.
Of course you might ask, “What the hell is Japanese ‘can coffee’?”
Crack-in-a-Can®, Japanese ‘can coffee’ is the secret of Japan’s success and without it this highly caffeinated country would never function before noon. Refer to Wikipedia for more Japanese “can coffee” information.
The 3Yen’s previous reports of the vending machine paradise, Japan, include:
• Japan vending machine costs an arm and a hand?
(3Yen / 2009-07-21)
• Japanese electricity waste of vending machines
(3Yen / 2012-01-24)
• Cup-o-smack™ vending machine
(3Yen / 2008-04-17)
• Ninja Vending Machine
(3Yen / 2013-04-23) ↘
Poor Geminoid F—Now she’s forced to be a handicapped Japanese robo-actress! She’s plays the youngest sister in a twisto version of Chekhov’s play, “Three Sisters.” According to the Japanese production company, the Robot Theatre Project, the adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece, "relentlessly portrays the future of the Japanese society."
In a provincial city–used to be a robot production base for a consumer electronics company and has been hallowed out due to yen’s appreciation–only a small laboratory remains now. After the death of father, who was a researcher of advanced robots, his three daughters still live in the city.
Some of our many reports of the creepy creations of Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro include:
• Dream date for Robo-Valentine’s Day (3Yen / 2012-02-03)
• Geminoid sex change!
. . . . . (3Yen / 2011-03-07)
• Robo-3way with lesbian twins
. . . . . (3Yen / 2010-04-04) See right.
• Your Japanese robot
. . . . . clone awaits (3Yen / 7/21/2006)
• It it live or is it Repilee™?
(3Yen / 2006-04-24)