The hangover from Japan Day - an ice suit and a book-reading robot

19 June 2009

Yesterday was Japan Day on Bitterwallet, but before we fold away our kimonos and pour all the sake that we couldn’t finish off down the sink, here’s a couple more joyful items from Tokyo.

First up is the New Ice Suit (left), designed with the clammy Japanese summer months in mind. The suit is specially tailored with spaces to fit ice packs into for keeping the wearer cool during that sweaty commute.

Like most things Japanese, it’s the stuff of fantasy for the Bitterwallet team. Whenever it gets a little hot down here in our underground HQ, we simply pour a tray of ice cubes down the front of our jogging pants. Job done.

Next comes a cumbersome but much more exciting rival for Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader. Why bother with a portable and manageable book substitute when you can have your own robot?

Meet Ninomiya-kun (right) – a 1-metre-tall, 25-kilo aluminium robot developed at Waseda University’s Information, Production and Systems Research Centre. Ninomiya-kun reads books. Not e-books, but real books. Let’s get it shipped over here and give it some telly shows to present. Can it really be any worse than Vernon Kay?

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TOPICS:   Technology


  • -> H.
    What the fuck, is the point of a robot that can read books?
  • The B.
    I think the point is that it reads them out loud to you, although why the hell you couldn't just pick up the damn book and read it yourself kind of beggars belief.
  • Andy D.
    Because you're blind or busy.
  • Jill
    In that case, I would rather just get an e-book, cheaper than a book reading robot I'd imagine!
  • acecatcher3
    but then u cant tell ppl that u have a robot that reads to u.....thats ultra cool
  • The B.
    Andy, if you're busy then why the bloody hell would you want a book read at you, you need to pay attention in case you miss something vital and if you're blind then just buy a braille version.
  • goon
    you could get the robot to read an erotic novel. and then see if it also a plesure model robot. 'does not compute'
  • wayne k.
    can it transform when moving onto next chapters?!?!?!?

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