On: Tech

Selections from Yukari Mitsuhashi's monthly column, On: Tech, in The Japan Times.
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Little solutions for big disasters
The Soladey, which doesn’t require toothpaste and heavy rinsing, is a handy toothbrush to have if you find yourself having to survive on bottled water.
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Little solutions for big disasters
Sanwa’s USB-LED01 looks like an ordinary wall-outlet motion-sensor light, but it has an extra feature that makes it useful during a power outage: It contains its own battery, so if it’s on during a blackout, it won’t go out.
four different types of radio cases with buttons and numbers on each side, all in various colors
Little solutions for big disasters
The PowerArQ is a powerful portable power supply that is smaller than cooler box and weighs just 6 kilograms.
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Little things to make life easier
Thanko has released an electric bottle with an automatic pump straw.
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Little things to make life easier
Canon Marketing Japan’s new C-13W is an independent mini projector that can project images or video via a MicroSD card, flash drive or Wi-Fi.
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The Tepra series of portable label printers has long been a popular seller for King Jim, but there’s always room for improvement.
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Little things to make life easier
Little things to make life easier | The Japan Times
The free Fireworks Festival Simulator iOS app could solve the problem by helping you find a decent spot to watch from before the next event even begins. Augmented Reality, Summer, Ios App, Gps Coordinates, App, Ios, Free, Watch
Staying cool in the summer heat
The free Fireworks Festival Simulator iOS app could solve the problem by helping you find a decent spot to watch from before the next event even begins.
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Staying cool in the summer heat
The Minimoto No Boon Zero EX10 is a new kind of insect trap that is safe, odorless and looks quite nice. Instead of poisoning insects, the device attracts them into a trap with an LED ultraviolet lamp.
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Staying cool in the summer heat
The Big Stream Somen Slider Galaxy (¥10,778) does something previous versions of the contraption didn’t.
Called the Yoji-Kenjo, Daitoku’s dispenser has a sensor in its lid that triggers a little platform that raises to present you with a single toothpick. Dispenser, Instant Film Camera, Display Screen, Instant Film, Remote Control, Fix It, Display Panel
Small changes for big differences
Called the Yoji-Kenjo, Daitoku’s dispenser has a sensor in its lid that triggers a little platform that raises to present you with a single toothpick.
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Small changes for big differences
The Mini LiPlay can take up to 100 photos on a single charge, takes 12 seconds to print an image, can be connected by Bluetooth to a mobile device to print other photos and has a display screen to help choose best shots.
three screens showing different ways to wear skirts on the app, including an image of a woman's skirt
Small changes for big differences
Miel is easy to use. Simply upload the image you’re admiring — whether it’s from Instagram or a magazine — and it will make recommendations.
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Changing the way we do things
Gomi-Maru is a garbage guide app that works with Amazon Alexa and can tell users how to deal with different types of trash and which days to put it out.
Takara Tomy released the Potechi no Te, a daft little tool that turned out to be huge hit with snack fans. Foods, Snacks, Desserts, Stylus, Make It Yourself, Food, Unique Snacks, Chips
Changing the way we do things
Takara Tomy released the Potechi no Te, a daft little tool that turned out to be huge hit with snack fans.
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Changing the way we do things
The Biglobe Touchcard may sound like the latest in e-money or points services, but it’s actually a public relations tool that brings together a little bit of old-school physical card usage with digital tech.
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Often, it's the little things that count
The Ricoh Handy Printer is a hand-held monochrome inkjet printer that can print out lines of text in fonts up to approximately 32 points.
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Often, it's the little things that count
The FamilyDot app tracks movements using GPS, but it can also pinpoint a location based on nearby Wi-Fi access points.
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Often, it's the little things that count
Released by SoftBank’s SB C&S company, via Amazon Japan for ¥8,640, the Hello Kitty RS-WFirex4 is a limited-edition collaboration to celebrate the character goods company Sanrio’s 45th anniversary.
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Home and life improvements
For every 6,000 steps in a day, WalkCoin users receive one coin, with possible bonuses for higher achievements within a week.
an automatic pet food dispenser with four bowls
Home and life improvements
The Wagwag feeder has a rotating dish with five compartments that allow pet owners to fill it with different foods, including moist tinned ones.
three electronic devices sitting on top of a wooden table next to vases and plates
Home and life improvements
The four Evopower handheld vacuum cleaners hand decorated in Gagyu designs representing the four seasons, these include the family’s signature egret, cherry blossom, cranes and the milky way.
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Japan's big moves at CES 2019
Designed to automatically return to its docking station, the Whill is aimed at places like airports, hospitals, shopping malls and tourist spots.
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Japan's big moves at CES 2019
Tanita Pinball, currently in the conceptual model phase, can take 13 health measurements, including weight, BMI and muscle mass, while the subject plays pinball.
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Japan's big moves at CES 2019
ZECH-1 is a new lineup for Cerevo’s sports gadget brand XON and is a vehicle sensor device for motor sports. It connects wirelessly to a vehicle’s OBD-II (On-board diagnostics II) — the onboard computer most cars now have for mechanics to check diagnostics — and can relay information.
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Crowdfunding crowd pleasers
Mui looks like a buffed plank of wood that blends into the interior of a room as an unobtrusive, natural-looking wall piece. Once touched, however, it lights up to show text, numbers and symbols.
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Crowdfunding crowd pleasers
Catlog is a biologging device that records cat activity 24 hours a day, allowing owners to observe their pets’ lifestyles.
an image of the me2 app on iphones with multiple screens showing it's features
Ugrading home entertainment
If you love sports tricks but you’ve got no one at hand to show off your achievements, the Miez sports social media app could be good for you.
three different types of black and silver ear plugs on a wooden surface with gold studs
Ugrading home entertainment
What makes S’Next Co. Ltd.’s Make buds really unique is not just the aesthetic design, but the fact that you can adjust the buds to give you your preferred listening experience.
Aroma Shooter 1 adds another dimension to your enjoyment of games and movies. The palm-sized device can instantly disperse and switch through six types of fragrances.
Ugrading home entertainment
Aroma Shooter 1 adds another dimension to your enjoyment of games and movies. The palm-sized device can instantly disperse and switch through six types of fragrances.