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Jumpei Mitsui's monumental LEGO Battleship Yamato

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The Bros. Brick brings word that Jumpei Mitsui's six-year project, the minifig-scale Battleship Yamato, is finally complete.
Length: 6.6 meters (22 feet) from bow to stern Width: 1 meter (3 feet) at the widest point midship Scale: 1/40 Time

Data Dump: Japanese toilet outputs statistics via RSS

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Japanese toilet manufacturer Inax has begun soft launching a toilet in shopping centers that will analyze stool for bacteria counts, blood, fat content, and more, then beam the results to the web with a unique URL for later viewing. If…

Honda builts brain-to-robot interface for Asimo

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TOKYO, Japan, March 31, 2009 - Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd. (HRI-JP), a subsidiary of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu Corporation have collaboratively developed the world’s first*1 Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology

I wish this tiny trackball was available in North America

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This little cutie from Donya.jp weds three buttons to a trackball, attached to a retracting USB cable. It screams reclined leisure, although I have no idea how to get it outside of Japan. [via Coolest Gadgets]…

Tab-Dock: Zippo meets Pez

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Jeshii points out Tab-Dock, the Japan-only "mint dispenser that replaces the lighter assembly in a Zippo. Seems silly and not something that is going to win you friends, but might be a funny way to be a total dick…

This is a video of a girl in a NES controller bikini

Francesco writes:
Amano Ai is a super geek Japanese idol well know in the otaku underground as a photographer (under the name JULIE she published the photobook SAMURAI GIRLS and made some photoshootings with DANNY CHOO). Recently she made an

Elecom Scope Node, a mouse fit for Solid Snake

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By moving the laser sensor between the thumb and forefinger, Japanese manufacturer Elecom can claim its new "Scope Node" mouse has the precision of a pen. I couldn't care less—I just think it looks really badass, designed with…

Eye Vibrato melts eye strain away, probably not literally

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The "Eye Vibrato" not only gently churns your vitreous humor into a milky but relaxing froth, it also blows light air pressure on the surface of the eye to create a thin candy shell. Serve at body temperature—or…

Traditional Japanese fish scaler

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This traditional Japanese fish scaler has a brass working end that won't corrode and won't add any flavor to the fish. Japan Woodworker sells them for $8 a pop, but $10 shipping will make that considerably more, so head down…

Epson R-D1xG rangefinder camera isn't for plebes, but is pleasantly knobby

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Before you lose it, I know: this Epson R-D1xG digital rangefinder camera costs three grand. So I'm not saying you should buy it. Nor am I saying that it's going to be worth the money, especially with a relatively…