No, the crop circle-inspired design you see above was not created by aliens, but rather a tiny Japanese puffer fish. That's right, tiny silvery male puffer fishes are responsible for making the beautiful and elaborate underwater crop circles to attract a mate. They use their pectoral fins to carve an elaborate series of rings and ridges in the sand. Since they are constantly washed away by water flow, the tiny fish must constantly maintain them. The more elaborate the underwater 'crop circle' mating ring, the more likely the male puffer is to attract a female counterpart. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Another day, another batch cat pictures that have gone viral overnight. This time, they're from Japan, and cat owners are basically placing strips of hand-drawn cartoon / anime eyes in front of their cats. The official term is "cat montage" (neko montaaju), and it's strange to say the least. Want to find more? Just search for the Japanese term on Twitter. Continue reading to see some of the best so far.
We have seen the future of housing, and it's all underwater. The futuristic image you see above were envisioned by the Shimizu Corporation in Tokyo, in partnership with Tokyo University and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (Jamstec). This $26-billion underwater city, called the "Ocean Spiral", features a globe that would float at the surface of the sea, but could be submerged in inclement weather. A spiral structure plunges to depths of up 2.5 miles (4km), forming a path 9-miles to a building on the ocean floor, which could serve as a resource development factory that could collect rare metals and rare earths. Continue reading for more images and information.
Android Asuna, complete with realistic human skin and facial expressions, made her debut at the Tokyo Designers' Week showcase earlier this month and is called a geminoids. Within 10-years, its inventor, Mr. Takeshi Mita CEO of A-Lab in Tokyo, plans to unveil a fully independent version of the geminoid is expected in 10 years, making her virtually indistinguishable from humans. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy dad who decided to build a dirt bike swing.
The Central Japan Railway Company used a new Shinkansen maglev train to transport passengers along an 18 km (11 mi) piece of track at up to 500 km/h (311 mph) during a test run. Japan's bullet trains typically travel at speeds of 320 km/h (200 mph), but the levitating Shinkansen uses the force of electromagnets for even faster speeds and to hover above the track. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of grandmas smoking cannabis for the first time.
This Japanese-inspired Iron Samurai Faceless LED Watch is currently being offered for only $5.98 shipped, today only, originally priced at $59.99. According to the manufacturer, this watch is: "A chilling blue Japanese inspired LED watch from an entropic tomorrow which gives its master below zero Kelvin supremacy by blurring the boundaries of how temporal intelligence (time) is shown." Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.
Faceless unique design.
LED display of current time.
Time & Date functions.
Top row displays hour - Bottom row displays minutes.
Another day, another bizarre internet trend, and this time, it has to do with hamsters. Japan-based photographer, who goes Kawanabesatou on Twitter, shows us what bars and restaurants would look like if hamsters ran things. You'll also see them in bookstores and even one relaxing at home, enjoying a nice hot pot meal. As many hobbyists already know, there's plenty of tiny objects designed for dollhouses, available for purchase, should you want to create your own hamster world. Continue reading for more pictures.
The future of 3D displays is here, and it's from Aerial Burton. Unlike its predecessors, this one can project text and images in mid-air, and are constructed by firing a 1kHz infrared pulse laser into a 3D scanner, which reflects and focuses the pulses of the laser to specific points in the air. "The molecules at that point are ionized, and the energy is released as photons. Aerial Burton believes that using this technology in emergencies will aid communication after a disaster, letting people know where to evacuate, or obtain food and emergency supplies," according to DigInfo TV. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 3-year-old who is set to become the next World Rally Champion.
Kokoro Scanner Lie Detector Headset by Takara Tomy looks like a toy, but the company says this gadget can tell if a person is lying. It works by reading the changes in one's pulse when asked certain questions. The only confusing part is that there's a yellow light, which indicates you're not telling the whole truth. Product page. Continue reading for more.
This technically isn't a *transparent car*, but rather one created by Susumu Tachi and Masahiko Inami of the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University, that utilizes video camouflage technology. The system uses projectors, cameras, and special mirrors to mirror what one would see on the outside the car onto the surfaces inside. Continue reading for a video and more information.