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Pomera DM30 Typewriter

Traditional typewriters still exist, and can be purchased online, but the Pomera DM30 puts a modern twist on the classic device. Featuring a 6-inch E Ink display panel, 20-hours of battery life via AA cells, and a tri-fold keyboard with keys boasting a horizontal pitch of 17 mm and a vertical pitch of 15.5 mm. One caveat: it'll set you back $499 when it's released this November. Continue reading for more pictures, information, and the Kickstarter page, which lets you pick up an early bird version for $349.

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Glass Beach Japan

You've probably seen other glass beaches, but this one in Japan has become an internet sensation recently. It's located in the Nagasaki Prefecture, and just a few years ago this destination was an uninviting rocky outcropping that would always become covered in algae during the summer season, so local authorities decided to cover the sand with recycled glass in order to prevent it from growing. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Real Transformers Robot Car

Real-life transforming robots are nothing new, but this is the first one we've seen that can actually transform with people inside. Standing 3.7-meters tall, this two-seater robot, dubbed "J-deite RIDE", can transform from car to robot in 1-minute, and walk at a speed of 100 metres per hour or drive on its four wheels. "The robots I've seen in animation movies since childhood all had this kind of look and they transform into or combined with each other to become something else with people on board. So I grew up believing that robots had to be capable of such things, which became my motivation to develop this robot," said Brave Robotics chief executive officer Kenji Ishida, who initiated the co-project with Asratec. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the ten best Marvel movie moments.

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Real Mecha Robot

Japanese engineer Masaaki Nagumo always wanted his very own Mobile Suit Gundam mecha, and with his skills, decided to make that dream a reality. The result was a 28-foot-tall, 7-ton mecha robot called LW-MONONOFU, which was actually completed for his employer, the industrial machinery maker Sakakibara Kikai. When all was said and done, it took Nagumo approximately 6- years to complete, and it even has a metal gun that fires sponge balls at speeds up to 87 mph. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Coca-Cola Frozen

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Another day, another wacky item from Japan. This time, it's Coca-Cola Frozen, and this product is exactly as it sounds...a version of the drink that turns to slush when placed in the freezer. In addition to the lemon twist, the concoction comes in a squeezable pouch, and the formula reportedly took 8-years to develop from scratch. Continue reading for more pictures and a video showing how to make your own Coca-Cola Frozen in case you don't live in Japan.

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SKELETONICS Exo-Skeleton


Priced at $93k, the SKELETONICS exo-skeleton turns you into a real 9-foot-tall mecha robot, but unfortunately won't give you super strength. It's mainly designed to increase reach and improve dexterity for everyday tasks. "We didn't think about creating anything useful. That's probably why we were able to develop a unique thing. I'm frequently told that it looks fantastic, but then have to explain that it doesn't really do anything, which ends up confusing a lot of people," said Reyes Tatsuru Shiroku, one of the project's leads. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of someone testing an extremely large solar grill.

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Dog Follows Google Street View Car

A Google Street View made its way down a road in Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture in the district of Kumage, but unlike other trips, a small dog decided to join in on the journey. What happens next? Well, as you can tell in the interactive map above, it followed for quite some time, with the vehicle's many cameras capturing the adventure. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Tweezers of Legend

Multi-tools are great for your everyday carry, but let's face it, most are not aesthetically pleasing. "Tweezers of Legend" aims to break that tradition with a sword-shaped design that looks to be straight from a cartoon. They were originally made of stainless steel, but the company now offers it in titanium, as well as in a slew of new designs, like miniature lances and staves. How are they made? Wire electric discharge machining. "In this way wire electric discharge machining can cut metal vertically with high precision. This is the feature that is necessary to increase the accuracy of tweezers. The tip of the tweezers works by matching two flat faces. If there is only a slight distortion on that side, a gap will be formed and you will not be able to grab the thin hair. Tweezers of Legend made with wire electric discharge machining has high precision so that you can grasp the fibers of tissue paper," said a company representative. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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5G Humanoid Robot

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NTT DoCoMo unveiled at 5G humanoid robot that uses 5G to mirror the operator's movements in real-time and perform tasks remotely at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. This bot mimics the moment of a human operator using a 5G network carrying signals from sensors all over the operator's body. The creators hope that some day it a fleet can be used to carry out work that is too dangerous for humans. continue reading for more interesting photos from around the web.

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Metal Wire Creatures

Japanese art graduate Tsutamoto Dawikihas become famous on social media for his copper and brass wire sculptures, all of which have not been digitally enhanced in Photoshop. This year, his most notable project is the giant snake that you see above, which is fully flexible, and can even coil around itself since the wire scales are mobile too. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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