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In Japan, going number two is number one

In Japan, going number two is number one: totoNeorest.jpg

Toilet tech might sound like a bit of an oxymoron, but we’ve seen evidence before of Japan’s obsession with incorporating as much technology as possible when performing the most basic human function. Toto says that their Neoflush 600 ‘turns the ordinary into extraordinary’, and with features like an automatic lid raiser, jet wash with heated air dry function, a heated seat, and a multi function wireless remote, who am I to argue? It even uses something called a CycloneSiphon Jet flushing system, which sounds like just the thing for those trips to the smallest room after an evening at the all you can eat Mexican buffet.

The Neorest 600 from Toto is widely available now for about $3500.

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January 27, 2008 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

A machine that’s worth its weight in fat

A machine that’s worth its weight in fat:

(Credit: Popgadget)

We should have seen this one coming after learning of Matsushita’s plans to make
slimmed-down massage chairs. Now another Japanese company has developed what appears to be the ultimate fat-analysis machine.

Tokyo-based Tanita–whose slogan is ‘the body fat experts‘–has gone well beyond its bevy of smart scales

(Via Crave.)

January 27, 2008 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

The Siphon Bar Pours a $20,000 Cup of Coffee [Caffeine]

The Siphon Bar Pours a $20,000 Cup of Coffee [Caffeine]:

23blu600.jpgNo, it’s not a steampunk chemistry set. That picture is of the United States’ only halogen-powered siphon bar. Imported from Japan after years of negotiations, the $20,000+ machine is housed at San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Café. Each ‘pot’ consists of two globes. Water vapor evaporates from the bottom globe into the higher globe to meet the grounds. The coffee is then stirred with a bamboo paddle, removed from the heat and siphoned back to the lower globe (minus grounds). It sounds delicious…and totally worth whatever it costs per cup. Hit the NYT for the full mad scientist process in photos. [nyt via bornrich]


(Via Gizmodo.)

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Technology | 1 Comment

The Sensory Lamp nurtures a garden of grass (the boring kind)

The Sensory Lamp nurtures a garden of grass (the boring kind): The-Sensory-Lamp-by-Sara-Rossbach.jpg

So, on one hand, grass is pretty lame. Yet, on the other, it’s a low stress form of vegetation that won’t demand too much from you and, when arrayed as artfully as it is with the Sensory Lamp, it can be oddly attractive. The idea behind the Sensory Lamp is that you’ll be happier in the presence of something living that you nurture yourself, and the lighting extension features a bunch of different colored nubs that mimic both natural light and soothing colors. Both sight and smell are stimulated by the Sensory Lamp and, well, as long as no one’s looking we suppose taste could be tossed in there as well.

The Sensory Lamp is a concept by designer Sara Rossbach, a student of environmental and industrial design at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Sara Rossbach, via Kontrast

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January 23, 2008 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Toaster or next-generation space pod, you be the judge

Toaster or next-generation space pod, you be the judge: amadana-toaster-oven.JPG

Oh, toast, how I love you so. You’re slightly brown on the outside, and nothing but delicious on the inside. Luckily for us, simple and beautiful designers like Amandana like to give attention to every nook and cranny of the appliance that creates you, the toaster. This latest Armadana toaster is no different. It is surprisingly small and simple.

It includes a wood handle, two slots for toasting, a digital display, digital timer, LED backlighting, reflective glass for even toasting, and even an overheating prevention sensor. Your toast will be thinking it has died and gone to heaven by the way the Armadana toaster treats it. It is available for $140, also in black.

Armadana Toaster, via Appliancist

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January 1, 2008 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment