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Rick Martin

Wearables

Kisai Escape C - the Bluetooth 'fashion accessory'

Hands-free calling using Bluetooth earpieces has become - shall we say - controversial over the years, as we've all seen that annoying guy at Starbucks trying to close the deal as he orders his cappuccino. But the latest receiver from Tokyo Flash, the Kisai Escape C, might just have enough features to offset the Bluetooth douche-factor.Read More

Science

New PV cell generates electricity from UV and IR light

Last month at the meeting of the Japan Society of Applied Physics, a research group from the Kyoto Institute of Technology introduced a new photovoltaic cell that is capable of generating electricity not only from visible light, but from ultraviolet and infrared light as well. The research group, led by associate professor Saki Sonoda, hopes that this will lead to a more efficient PV cell that can be single-junction rather than the more conventional multi-junction. Read More

Automotive

UMAZONe X-Vue K3 - a black box for your car

From Hanwha Japan Co., Ltd. comes a video camera specifically designed to be used as a black box video recording system for your car. The UMAZONe X-Vue K3 is a compact camera that can hold up to 2 hours of video footage if you use the 2 gigabyte SD memory card that comes included. When the memory card is full, the camera will continue on a continuous loop by deleting the old files and starting anew.Read More

Environment

BunBun eco light - a flashlight with a twist

Japanese manufacturer Landport has created an ingenious variation on the wind-up flashlight with the BunBun - a compact torch that can be charged simply by swinging it about in front of you. Once you extend the handle and bend it at the hinge, you can charge the built-in rechargeable battery by cranking the BunBun for 30 seconds. Just this short amount of charging will give you about 5 minutes of juice. Read More

Outdoors

Honda's new generator is powered by butane gas canisters

Scheduled to go on sale at Honda dealers throughout Japan this May, the ENEPO EU9iGB is pretty compact as far as generators go. It's powered by common butane canisters, which makes for safe and easy storage in contrast with gasoline-fueled alternatives. A fold-down handle makes transport dead simple, as the design is reminiscent of carry-on luggage with two wheels at the base. Read More

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