In Japan, Hello Kitty And Other Artsy Decorated Manhole Cover Are A Thing

There is nothing particularly proud to say about sewers that are part of modern city’s sanitary system, the sewerage system. While so, it is a indispensable part of our lives which we largely ignore. It is being ignored about every country, except one: Japan. Apparently, some Japan’s sewer covers, AKA manhole covers, are decorated with lively and colorful art, including pop culture icon Hello Kitty. Yup. Ms. Kitty is everywhere, now even on the very unglamorous manhole cover. Continue reading In Japan, Hello Kitty And Other Artsy Decorated Manhole Cover Are A Thing

Recap: Sony New Aibo Robot Dog And Other Sony Gizmos At CES In Pictures

There was a lot going for Sony at this year’s CES which concluded last week. Among the gizmos Sony brought along with it to Vegas were a drool worthy, tech-loaded 4K HDR TV, an Ultra Short Throw projector/entertainment console, and the “world’s first” Dolby Atmos soundbar – just to pick out a few. Also debuted outside of Japan was the company’s new Aibo robot dog, along with another “world’s first,” a Dolby Vision-capable 4K UHD Blu-ray player, a 7.2ch Dolby Atmos 4K HDR AV receiver, as well as a new Camera Control Box to enable multi-camera setup for Sony RX0 action cam. Instead of burdening you with words, here are some images, courtesy of Sony, to recap what the Japanese electronic giant has to offer at this year, at Las Vegas. So here goes… Continue reading Recap: Sony New Aibo Robot Dog And Other Sony Gizmos At CES In Pictures

Sennheiser’s Closed-back Audiophile Cans Cost A Cool $2.4K!

During last week’s CES, Sennheiser was eager to show off its new, pretty insane audiophile-grade headphone called HD 820. There’s a lot to be wow, especially the price tag associated with it, but more on that later. Backed by 70-year of audio equipment making experience, the HD 850 here wants to change your perception on closed-back audiophile headphones. More specifically, it wants to debunk the notion that closed-back aren’t made for audiophile sound. Continue reading Sennheiser’s Closed-back Audiophile Cans Cost A Cool $2.4K!

This Portable Alarm System Lets You Leave Your Things Unattended, Safely

You know what they say, “no crime, does not mean no crime.” So, even if Japan is considered a very safe country, it does not mean your things will not be snitched if you leave them unattended. I mean, that’s a no brainer. Basically, it is an open invitation to ‘take me’ if things are left unattended. But there are times you absolutely had to, like say, for example, in a cafe where you have already established your territory on a particular table and you are not about to forgo the cosy place if you have the urge to hit the loo, or grab another cuppa. Continue reading This Portable Alarm System Lets You Leave Your Things Unattended, Safely

Meet Creative X-Fi Sonic Carrier, A Sound Bar With A Whopping 17 Drivers

We must be living under the rock when our minds were blown by Sennheiser’s 14-speaker sound bar. Clearly, we have not hear about Creative’s monstrous offering. Now, the Singapore-based, publicly-traded tech firm is not quite known for audiophile-grade equipment – much less audiophile-grade sound bar, but that does not stop the granddaddy of PC sound card from taking on the less traveled road. Before you can audition, or read about the features the company’s X-Fi Sonic Carrier Dolby Atmos Sound Bar has to offer, it already have one thing that will blow your mind and that’s the price tag. The Creative X-Fi Sonic Carrier commands unworldly sum of $5,799. Continue reading Meet Creative X-Fi Sonic Carrier, A Sound Bar With A Whopping 17 Drivers

Meanwhile In A Chinese Shopping Mall, Boyfriend Sharing Was A Thing

China has made a name for herself with many things. Among them, in recent years, would be sharing services that have kind of made everything, from basketball to umbrellas to bicycles and even sex dolls, shareable. Clearly, this sharing service fad is not going to go away anytime soon. Along the way, creative entrepreneurs never fail to dream up of new things to be shared and the most recent sharing service to raise eyebrows was the Share-A-Boyfriend service. Yup. You heard that right. Renting a boyfriend is a thing in China now. Oh, wait. No. Correction. It should be ‘was’ a thing because, this service was only available during Christmas late last year. Continue reading Meanwhile In A Chinese Shopping Mall, Boyfriend Sharing Was A Thing

Man, I Just Can’t Get This Porsche Raw 964 Concept Out Of My Head

I bet the name Porsche 964 will leave non-enthusiast in confusion. Wait. Porsche had a 964? Yes. It did. And if you think it looked suspiciously like a 911, well, that is because it was in fact a 911. As matter of fact, Porsche 964 was the company’s internal name for the Porsche 911 made and sold between 1989 and 1994. Like any Porsche 911 before and after it, it was a model that was much revered by fans the world over, including EA’s Concept Artist Khyzyl Saleem. But clearly, Saleem one heck of a huge fan. A fan big enough to make him get down to work and design a, in his own words, “nice and simple 964, no wide body, just raw simplicity.” Continue reading Man, I Just Can’t Get This Porsche Raw 964 Concept Out Of My Head

Netflix Promotes Altered Carbon By Growing Human Bodies At CES

The recently concluded world’s biggest electronic was the platform for many who wants their wares to be seen and heard, and Netflix, the streaming TV service, was no exception. In fact, it had more reason to be there, simply because of the theme surrounding its much hyped cyberpunk series, Altered Carbon which it had leveraged on CES to promote. So, yeah, Netflix had a booth and it was one that no visitor will past by without noticing – thanks mainly to a pair of humans being lab-grown. Alongside the human specimens, each floating in its own vats (which are rather creepy), are elaborate gadget props and viral videos to further help to promote the “company.” Continue reading Netflix Promotes Altered Carbon By Growing Human Bodies At CES

Pole Dancing Robots Struck Again, This Time At A Vegas Club During CES

Robots are set to replace many tasks now carried out by humans. In fact, it already did in some industry, more notably, the auto industry and they have already taken the jobs of flipping burgers, checking stocks at supermarket, security patrol (and committing suicide?), harvesting and whatnot, and now, even strip dancing? Or to be more precise, pole dancing to entertainment men and women. These hip-gyrating pole dancing robots are not the newest news, but they made news again simply because they were the spot light at the Sapphire Gentleman’s Club in Las Vegas during CES. Yup. CES. How fitting, isn’t it? And they duo even have names. Continue reading Pole Dancing Robots Struck Again, This Time At A Vegas Club During CES

Gamer Creates A Haunting But Visually Spectacular Virtual Aliens Thrill Ride

Aliens is one of the pop culture phenomena of the 70s and it is a wonder why there isn’t an official Aliens-themed thrill ride. Perhaps, the theme is a little too dark for commercial success? I don’t know. Whatever it is, it does not stop YouTuber Hin Nya, who appears to be a huge fan of Aliens of Japanese descent, from creating one, but virtually, of course, using a steam game, a theme park simulator called Planet Coaster by Frontier Developments. Continue reading Gamer Creates A Haunting But Visually Spectacular Virtual Aliens Thrill Ride

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