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Today’s J-blip: Geek-approved cutting board

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Mario cutting board

Instead of bopping mushrooms with his head, this Mario helps you slice and dice them. Iowa artist Jim Van Winkle takes Mario and other 8-bit favorites off the screen and into the kitchen. No coins required for use!

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Today’s J-blip: robot-made inari-zushi

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

While the nation’s robots might not have been up to the task of nuclear-diaster reconnaissance, Japan’s androids are making strides in the kitchen. Suzumo Machinery Co., Ltd. has unveiled a robot capable of creating 2,500 inari-zushi rolls an hour. All the user (read: human) has to do is fill the rice hopper and place fried tofu rolls on a turntable. While we doubt anyone will be consuming that much inari-zushi any time soon, that type of efficiency is indeed impressive. Of course, this isn’t the first robot capable of dishing up Japanese food; in fact, robotics engineers seem to have a fair amount of pride in the national cuisine and program their creations to prepare all sorts of dishes,  from ramen and sushi to the potentially messy okonomiyaki. Yes, half the fun of this savory pancake is preparing it yourself, but watching a robot make it, and sing at the same time, is pretty cool, too.

 

Today’s J-blip: Very orderly UFOs hover over Japan

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Seven dots hover in the air over Japan’s coastline. They move around, passing one another in what looks like some kind of synchronized flying routine. Shot by user “stanley2258,” the video is definitely intriguing but suspiciously short. If the objects were as clear as they are in the video, why not keep recording? And why are there no other videos of the phenomenon, seen in broad daylight? While some Japanese commenters have been trying to connect the UFO sightings and last March’s earthquake, others say it just looks like a reflection of car lights. Are they trying to tell us something? Or is someone with a video camera having a laugh?

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