Log in   •   Sign up   •   Subscribe  feed icon

International

Will Space Be the Next Tourist Attraction?

So what do you do if you want to see and experience all that is outer space and the $20 million price tag is a little steep? You settle for a shorter, lower altitude ride in a new XCOR Lynx.

Solas Lights Bring "Global" Enlightenment

Manchester-based designer Cj O'Neill melds the simplicity of a circle with organic elements to make richly atmospheric statements in ambient lighting.

Calico Café Caters to Cat Cuddlers Craving Kitten Companionship

'Rent A Cat' cafés like Calico in western Tokyo are catching on with wannabe pet owners in Japan's big cities who find their furry feline friends are barred from rental apartments.

Drink (Or Possibly Guzzle) Away the Art

Hannes Broecker has created an exhibition called "Drink Away the Art." Each container contains a mixed drink and viewers of the exhibition were invited to take a glass and drink from it.

Computer World Changes In China: PC Makers Look to Asia

Dell Computers announces major expansion into China with more than a dozen new products, including major Internet investments.

New Knife Proof T-shirt Provides Lightweight Protection

A lightweight, washable T-shirt keeps wearers cool and safe, thanks to slash-resistant properties that make it virtually knife-proof.

Subaru's Electric Microcar Already in the US

Even though the Subaru R1e Concept is just now hitting the streets in Japan, there is already a pair that have made it to US soil. So what should we expect from Subaru's electric vehicle?

Easter Egg Waterproof LED Lights Enhance Romance

Bored with your monotonous, monotone lifestyle? Sure you are - that's why you need these Banpresto 'Feeling Egg' Waterproof Lifestyle Lights, and just in time for Easter. Ambient lighting that adds color and egg-citement to booths, baths or both!

Top 8 Concept Cars from Geneva 2008

Yet again, the Geneva Motor Show comes to a close and the crowd pleasers have to be recognized. Here are the 8 highest rated concepts from Geneva 2008.

Sumo Wrestler's Blog Typifies Japan's Blogging Boom

Blogging is a passion in Japan, to the point that if you DON'T have a blog, you're hopelessly behind the times. With 1.5 million new blog posts every day, even Sumo wrestlers have blogs - at least, top-level wrestler Kotoshogiku does.

Lighting Gets Ill: Lichtinfusion by Christian Maas

It seems there is a trend arising in hospital-based design in interior furnishings. Lichtinfusion, Cologne-born Christian Maas' latest creation, is modeled after a traditional saline drip.

In Japan, Waffle + Mochi = Moffle

The waffle, in typical Japanese fashion, has been dissected and re-concocted. Substituting the gooey rice paste, mochi, for the wheat flour used by westerners in the waffle, Japanese chefs have created the moffle, Japan's latest food craze. And a quick-thinking entrepreneur stepped up the craze by creating the Moffle, a moffle cooker.

Anime Star 'Doraemon' Appointed Japan's Cultural Ambassador

In an effort to harness the power of anime to boost Japan's relations with the rest of the world, the Japanese government has officially appointed Doraemon, an animated robotic cat from the 22nd century, to be Japan's cultural ambassador to the world.

Toshiba 'Invitation Only' Designer Cellphones Exude Exclusive Luxury

Toshiba's FanFun 815T handset is a popular choice among Japanese phone users thanks to its many features and adaptable design. Japan's rich, however, go for exclusivity and the $4,000 Cosmic Shiner version gives them that in spades.

New Intel Technology Sends Wireless Signal Up to 60 Miles

Connecting rural and remote areas of a country has long been a lofty goal. Intel takes us one giant step closer to achieving that goal with the introdcution of their Rural Connectivity Platform (RCP) technology.

Jero Bridges Cultural Divides as Japan's First Black Enka Singer

Jero, an African-American computer geek who found his voice singing karaoke, is parlaying his Japanese heritage into big bucks crooning "Enka" tunes to a legion of graying - and growing - fans.

Design Collaborative NEL Invites Us to Play (and Think)

Playful by nature and focused more on the conceptual side of design, Mexican design collaborative NEL's projects include both experimental endeavors as well as large scale projects. Running the gamut in terms of subject matter, I've chosen a few of my favorites for you to peruse below.

ASCII Code Curtain Branches Into Home Decor

Inspired by the incredible volume of information transmitted via the ASCII coding system, Dutch designer Nienke Sybrandy has captured its cryptic flow in the good and wholesome form of a tree.

The 6 Stages of Drunkenness in Japanese Cellphone Charms

This series of 6 Drunken Salaryman cellphone charms illustrates not only the affection Japanese have for these pillars of the economy, but at the same time reminds us that we're all human and act pretty much the same once we've had a few too many.

BedUp Touches Down in Space-Saving Style

On the eternal quest for space-saving innovations, the BedUp by French designers Décadrages takes the idea of a Murphy bed to new heights. Not your standard fold-down version which requires the daily moving of furniture, the BedUp gracefully descends from the ceiling in the manner of an elevator.