Japan can boast the world’s tallest free-standing television tower as of Tuesday, when the under-construction Tokyo Sky Tree rose to a height of 601 meters nearly two years and seven months after the construction began.
The Tokyo steel structure eclipsed China’s 600-metre Canton Tower, which opened in Guangzhou in September – although both are shorter than the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s 828-metre Burj Khalifa skyscraper. It now entered the final phase of construction to reach the 634-meter tidemark.
Five knee-high androids have crossed the starting line in the world’s first marathon for two-legged robots, held last Thursday in Osaka, Japan.
The Robo Mara Full race was organised by robot technology firm Vstone Co, and the robots had to complete 423 laps on a 100-metre indoor track for a total of 42 kilometers. Operators were only allowed to change the robots’ batteries and motors but if the machines fall over they must get up by themselves.
It took the robot winner, Robovie-PC, 55 hours to complete the marathon.. Wow! These operators must have been really patient!
Well, since Japanese incorporate technology in every aspect of their life, there’s no reason why they cannot use an iPad too. In fact it’s also fun to watch it! Check this street magician performing cool tricks with his iPad in front of the Ginza Apple Store in Tokyo. Enjoy the show!
The internet is helping a traditional Japanese fertility festival in Kawasaki, Japan, to go from strength to strength.
Kanamara Matsuri, or the Festival of the Steel Phallus, is an annual celebration of fertility which today raises money for HIV sufferers. According to Hiroyuki Nakamura (Excuse me, Priest Nakamura), the giant penis’ god is worshiped in order to help cure diseases of the lower half of the body. It is also a god that can help in the fight against AIDS.
Engineers at Japanese public broadcaster NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai) unveiled revolutionary systems, on Monday, at their company’s headquarters that will tremendously improve water sports coverage and change live TV broadcasting as we currently know it.
Such systems consist of overlaying Google Earth-like labels over live TV images from helicopters, or cameras that produce a single realistic image over and underwater for covering synchronized swimming at the Olympics!