The Japanese are responsible for some of the most important innovations which shaped the world. However, there are some gadgets which, although useful, can seem a bit unusual. Here is a list of five such Japanese innovations, which may seem funny but are quite useful.
Five unusual yet useful Japanese innovations
1) Eye drop glasses
Every one of us has gone through the struggle of putting eye drops without spilling them. It truly is a waste of money. Hence, Japanese innovators came up with a solution and invented the eye drop glasses. Even though the glasses look funny, they ensure anybody who uses them will never waste eye drops ever again.
2) Head support
Head support is a device in the shape of an arm. Designed for people who work extensively with computers, this device is useful if you want to avoid neck pain. The device can also help keep your head in one position when you accidentally fall asleep.
3) Movable fridge
Invented by Panasonic, this movable fridge is equipped with sensors, is able to move around your house and can come to you when commanded. Known as the fridge of the future, this invention will be great to assist to the elderly.
4) Handwritten letter vending machine
In the age of smartphones, there are many who still prefer handwritten notes. However, many people are too busy or too lazy to write a letter. The Japanese scientists found a solution to this problem and introduced vending machines which generate handwritten letters.
5) Flying umbrella
The flying umbrella is a device invented by Asahi Power Services and uses artificial intelligence (AI). The flying umbrella is a solution for people who are tired of holding an umbrella while doing their daily tasks. The flying umbrella, thanks to AI, can hover above its owner, saving them from rain and allowing them to do their tasks without any problem.
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Facebook Finally Launches Messenger Rooms Which Accommodates 50 People And Unlimited Video Calls
The lockdown and quarantine measures implemented in multiple countries meant that people could not commute to work or go outside for social gatherings. This scenario hugely benefited video calling and conferencing platforms and applications. Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts and Houseparty have seen a phenomenal spike in daily active users. Facebook has joined the club by finally upgrading its messenger capabilities.
Facebook Messenger is a chatting and video calling application developed by Facebook. Facebook is finally introducing a new feature in messenger named Messenger Rooms. The free feature will allow Facebook and Messenger users to create group video calls of up to 50 people, contrary to the eight people limit available currently. The Messenger Room does not require a Facebook account and works similar to the Zoom meeting rooms. Participants can join the room by clicking on a link.
The rooms do not have any time limit which lets people converse indefinitely. There are a slew of other features like augmented reality filters, normal filters, virtual masks and a feature to lock the rooms. Facebook also announced that it is doubling WhatsApp’s video call person limit from four to eight people as well. However the Messenger Rooms feature is not immediately available and Facebook will roll the feature out slowly in all the regions it operates.
In a company blog post,Facebook said that 700 million accounts participate in calls everyday between Facebook and WhatsApp. Once Facebook announced this news, shares of the video calling company Zoom fell down by 5%.
Star Wars And Coca Cola Singapore Launch Limited Edition World’s First Electronic Coke Bottles
Star Wars over the years has managed to gather a cult following which stretches across generations. Star Wars is one of the biggest and the most famous film franchises to have ever been created. The latest trilogy in the Star Wars is referred to as the Skywalker Saga and the final movie of the trilogy, The Rise Of Skywalker released last year. Movie franchises have been known to rely on merchandising as part of their promotional strategies and the Star Wars franchise partnered up with Coca Cola to create a unique and one of its kind merchandise. The output of this partnership is very unique and the world’s first electronic coke bottle.
Coca-Cola Singapore harnessed the flexibility of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays to wrap special-edition sugar-free Coke bottles with light-up, glowing lightsabers wielded by the Star Wars characters, Rey and Kylo Ren.
These bottles are part of a limited edition batch and the only way to obtain one of them is by answering a riddle which is revealed on Facebook and Instagram. Answering these riddles will reveal locations near the 7-Eleven stores around Singapore where one can obtain a special pass. This special pass can be redeemed to purchase the limited edition bottle. These bottles have a touch sensor and squeezing the bottle will light up the lightsabers of Kylo Ren and Rey. Each OLED on the bottle can light up to 500 times.
There are only 8000 of these bottles available making these collectibles very rare. Some of these bottles are sold on ebay for as much as $ 800 which is a high premium.
It will be interesting to see how this OLED technology will be incorporated and it is safe to say that we would be seeing more products which use OLEDs on their packaging in the future. Coca Cola is always at the forefront of innovation and these electronic coke bottles are a perfect example.
‘May the force be with you’ should you set out to find one of these rare collectibles!
Most Incredible Japanese Innovations
Japan is known for its incredible innovations which shaped the technological world in which we live today. There are many products we use every day, which were invented in Japan. Here are five most incredible innovations by Japan.
Most incredible Japanese innovations
1) Instant noodles
Instant noodles, which are loved by many around the world, were invented by a Japanese. Inventor Momofuku Ando got inspired by the traditional Japanese noodles and developed an entire production process on his own. Ando first launched instant noodles in 1958 under the brand name Chikin Ramen. Instant noodles went on to gain immense popularity and are now a staple in every household worldwide.
2) QR code
QR code is an important part of our technology dependent world. These matrix barcodes were invented in Japan by the company Denso Wave. QR code was first invented in 1994 and was initially used in the automotive industry. However, the use of QR code then expanded and it has become one of the most used types of two dimensional codes.
Emojis are another widely used Japanese innovation. Emojis were created in 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita and his team. At the time, Shigetaka Kurita was working with the Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo. Kurita grew tired of using only text as a form of communication. He drew inspiration from Chinese characters, street signs and Japanese manga to create images representing various emotions.
4) Blue LED lights
Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura were the three Japanese scientists who are credited for inventing high resolution blue LED lights. The invention of blue LED lights paved way for many sophisticated technologies like energy efficient TVs, power saving light bulbs, mobiles and computer screens. The three scientists demonstrated the high brightness blue LED lights through a gallium nitride growth process. For coming up with this innovation, Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014.
5) Flash memory
The small memory card which stores information on your phone was also invented in Japan. Flash memory was first invented by the Japanese multinational company Toshiba in 1980. The device was introduced in the market in 1987. Flash memory was created by Fujio Masuoka of Toshiba after Masuoka proposed a theory of creating a new device with the ability to erase memories quickly and easily.
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