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10 Cool Gadgets You Can't Get Here

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the but-i-want-it-now dept.

Toys 232

molex333 writes "PC World has an article about 10 gadgets that are available in Asia but not here. It is a review of some quirky toys that the Japanese have and we don't!" Unfortunately it's one of those obnoxious stories that you have to click like 30x to read the whole thing, but there's some neat stuff.

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232 comments

But.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22987868)

Does it have iphone?

Re:But.... (4, Funny)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988300)

Does it have iphone?

Wrong. The question is "does it run Linux".

Sheesh, you must be new here...

Re:But.... (3, Interesting)

capnkr (1153623) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988620)

As far as running Linux, it looks like the NEC LUI is a poor, proprietary cousin of LinuxMCE [linuxmce.org] , which you *can* get in the States, and just about everywhere, for that matter...

Face Bank ? (2, Funny)

ijustam (1127015) | more than 6 years ago | (#22987878)

Everything was a phone or computer... then that thing. Asia can keep that one.

Re:Face Bank ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22987992)

That was really the only gadget I found kinda cool in the list...

Re:Face Bank ? (4, Interesting)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988002)

You forgot the robot, but I guess you could categorize that as a computer. Anyway. None of this seems at all interesting. In the end, a phone is a phone, I don't really car if it's waterproof. It's a nice feature, but I wouldn't pay a premium for that. Some of the computers are just stuff you could build at home if you took your time. Like a silent computer you hook up to the TV. Or a home server that hooks up to your other computers via WiFi to be a media server. Not exciting in the least. It's nice that companies are finally starting to build these products, and release them to the masses already configured (if only in other countries). But I don't think I saw anything there I would fly to Asia just to obtain.

Re:Face Bank ? (4, Insightful)

cecille (583022) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988178)

I would care if it's waterproof, even if I do have to pay a premium for it. Water death seems to claim most of my phones, and paying more for a waterproof one just means that I won't be paying for a different phone when I drop mine in the lake or leave it too close to the sink.

What actually surprises me though is not that they have waterproof phones in Japan, but that we DON'T have waterproof phones yet here. I mean, we can make waterproof cameras that can actually be USED under water, but we don't yet have a phone that can land in a puddle and come out alive? Come on now. Of course, if the phone was waterproof then they would probably sell fewer phones. Water death is probably a good source of phone-company income. I mean, if your camera isn't waterproof and gets fried, it's feasible to just let it slide and not buy another one. Not really the same thing with a phone since you're probably stuck paying the contract anyway.

Re:Face Bank ? (1)

bbk (33798) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988344)

Then again, some phones are built better than others. I accidentally ran an old Samsung phone (Sprint network) through the washing machine, and other than needing a new battery and the OLED on the outside of the cover being all messed up it continued to work fine after I dried it out.

Many electronics can survive being immersed unless they're on when it happens. My old cell phone was particularly lucky.

Re:Face Bank ? (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988354)

I don't see the point. All the times that I think of that I have been wet, I have never wanted to make a phone call. Even in Australia where the money is plastic so can be washed, I haven't found the need. I guess the need isn't that great. I have seen water-proof phones before, but they were pretty chunky.

Re:Face Bank ? (2, Insightful)

pthor1231 (885423) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988542)

It's not so much that they make cameras that are waterproof, as they put cameras that aren't waterproof inside of a huge chunky case that looks retarded in any other situation outside of you being near vast quantities of water. I'm willing to bet that a majority of people wouldn't buy a phone that was retardedly huge just because it was waterproof. Form over function for most Americans. Look at how many people bought the RAZR, and that thing was a piece of crap, functionality wise.

Re:Face Bank ? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988662)

was retardedly huge just because it was waterproof.

Yeah, I gave up on having a waterproof watch, it was so big and heavy my left arm was twice the size of my right one, and I jack off with my right hand.

Newsflash: you can waterproof things without putting them in a giant box! :O

They don't make phones waterproof because A) someone dropping their phone in a puddle = more $ for the phone maker and/or B) someone dropping their phone in a puddle = contract extension and more $ for the telco. Also C) people whining about not being able to change the battery in the sealed phone, but that's just if you're going to waterproof it the cheap way and dip the whole thing in plastic.

Re:Face Bank ? (1)

Robaato (958471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988912)

Did you see the picture of the waterproof phone? These phones are not "retardedly huge" but are in fact comparable in size to all the other flip phones in the NTT DoCoMo line.

Incidentally, NTT DoCoMo actually sells Motorola RAZRs here, as the M702iS [nttdocomo.co.jp] . It's on the low end of the phones they sell, but its major selling point is World Wing capability.

Re:Face Bank ? (1)

BaldGhoti (265981) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988578)

Verizon's had a waterproof phone for a while [pcmag.com] (article dated 10/2/06), called the G'zOne--my dad's got one and he's dropped it in the ocean a few times. It's the real deal.

Re:Face Bank ? (1)

yuriyg (926419) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988950)

How did he manage to fish it out of the ocean?

Re:Face Bank ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988824)

About two weeks ago, I was out at a bar. A white guy and a black guy were arguing about the Iraq war. Somehow, the white guy managed to drop his phone in the black guys drink, who then plucked it out, threw it across the bar, and then more hilarity ensued.

The white guy, whose phone it was, was not concerned about damage caused from the recent bath, because the phone was apparently water resistant -- so apparently there are such devices here.

Then again, I am from an area where everyone who isn't an engineer/scientist at [Jefferson Lab(CEBAF)/NASA Langley/Northrup Grumman] or in the military is pretty much a fisherman of some sort, and so those are quite handy to have for them.

Re:Face Bank ? (1)

j_166 (1178463) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988638)

"But I don't think I saw anything there I would fly to Asia just to obtain."

Why would you fly to Asia to obtain anything? That is what the little known invention of "ordering things over the internet" is for. Now I realize the readers of this site might not be that technically savvy, but there are ways, however magical and arcane, to get things out of Asia that don't involve physically flying there. Its not like the Asians are well known as a people for their utter refusal to sell things over the internet to Westerners.

Re:Face Bank ? (5, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988060)

Can't sleep, bank'll eat me.. can't sleep, bank'll eat me..

Re:Face Bank ? (5, Funny)

FSWKU (551325) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988208)

Can't sleep, bank'll eat me.. can't sleep, bank'll eat me..

One too many sub-prime loans for you, eh?

Re:Face Bank ? (4, Insightful)

Drewmeister (1036004) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988740)

Is it just me, or does that bank look like the Necronomicon from Evil Dead?

Re:Face Bank ? (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988938)

Is it just me, or does that bank look like the Necronomicon from Evil Dead?
Yes! That's it!! I couldn't place what creepy mental switch it was flipping for me. You're my hero fo the morning.

Happy Monday, brain. Have some caffeine.

Re:Face Bank ?- I had a different reaction (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988216)

I was thinking for my kids- wow...

(then I recalled the cabbage patch kids that ate fingers)
however, it's available for 24.04 USD (not the fifty alluded to in the article)

Clatto Verata Nicto (1)

cab15625 (710956) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988504)

Facebank needs a creepier face.

hmm HDTV to go... on not to go (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22987938)

the HDTV receiver is a nice idea... don't know if we loaned the same brand/model (looks like it from memory) but when using it in built up areas we expected, and got, massive dropouts using the dinky antenna supplied.

Coolest gadget ever! (1, Troll)

ImYY4U (539546) | more than 6 years ago | (#22987946)

I hear that in Japan they also have these cool vending machines that dispense used women's panties... ...oh wait, that's only cool if you're the average slashdot reader :-D I'll take my -1 Troll now... *ducks*

Winner: Roboremote turtle. Loser: Bank with face (4, Funny)

andphi (899406) | more than 6 years ago | (#22987952)

We have impossibly kawaii (moe?) set side by side with "Takeitaway! Takeitaway! DearHeavensNo!" It's official. Japanese designers just don't know when to quit.

Click 30 Times? (3, Funny)

Serenissima (1210562) | more than 6 years ago | (#22987960)

You mean click 10 times to see the top 10 gadgets?

Re:Click 30 Times? (2)

rock217 (802738) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988366)

You mean click 10 times to see the top 10 gadgets?

To be fair, there are 11 pages counting the intro "slide."

So we have about 19 missing clicks to account for.

Ok, well everytime you click to the next page you have to scroll down again to see the navigation, at least I do at 1280x1024. So that's 3 down mouse wheel "clicks" per page, so 11x3+11=44 clicks, shit too many!

Ok I guess I can just hit Page Down instead of mouse wheeling, for the sake of argument we'll count that as a click as it is replacing a click function. That yields us 11+11=22 clicks...still short!

Fine I relent, there aren't 30 logical clicks in there, taco was lying. Unless taco is one of those people who has to select their browser text to read it, as if it might come flying off if it weren't held down by your highlight color. In that case you could easily fill up 30 clicks!

Re:Click 30 Times? (4, Funny)

gnick (1211984) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988522)

You're neglecting the word 'like' in his description. The debate should be "Are 30 clicks like 10 clicks?" I think that it's fair to say that they are - And furthermore, the approximation is appropriate. pcworld.com is an ad-supported site. I don't know about you, but I feel that it's my duty to keep ad-supported sites alive by encouraging advertisers. I always click on two links per page and purchase an item from one of the two vendors (doesn't everybody?) So...

2 ads apiece from intro-slide + 10 gadget slides: 22 clicks
Clicks to proceed through gadgets: 10 clicks
Total: 32 clicks

Of course, that neglects the clicks it took me to make 11 purchases while browsing the article, but I'd still say that 32 clicks are like 30 clicks and the approximation will help compensate for those readers that steal pcworld's content by reading it without purchasing anything advertised.

Re:Click 30 Times? (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988898)

You must be a hit with the valley girls.

Re:Click 30 Times? (1)

dwater (72834) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988544)

If you're accessing from a mobile phone, it doesn't give you even one link to click.

Of course, it doesn't tell you what the 10 cool gadgets are either.

When are people going to realise there are many mobile devices that can display web pages just fine, and stop trying to filter them? Do us a favour and just stop it, please.

Re:Click 30 Times? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988664)

PCWorld gives Slashdot kickbacks for posting their shit here. Taco tries to sympathize with us for the shit and ads we have to wade through to read this "story". Great editing guys!

Re:Click 30 Times? (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988696)

Or just scroll to the right in the thumbnail window, see that nothing looks interesting, and deny them 10 pages worth of ad revenue. Only two clicks, and one was to close the tab in my browser.

Raon Everun (2, Interesting)

Zerth (26112) | more than 6 years ago | (#22987968)

The Everun looked tempting with almost twice the battery life of the eeepc at roughly similar specs, until I caught the sticker price. I'd rather just buy a second battery.

Re:Raon Everun (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988650)

the interesting bit about that one is that while it says korea only (more correctly south korea, but then i guess usa do not acknowledge the existence of north korea, except in its axis of evil list), i know if at least one place in europe that sells it.

and i also know of one european that swears by its portability.

In brief (5, Informative)

wombatmobile (623057) | more than 6 years ago | (#22987970)

There's a phone,
a small pc,
another phone,
a vista pc,
a voice controlled robot,
a laptop,
a water resistant phone,
a hdtv usb dongle,
a media server + handheld pc + notebook,
and a piggy bank.
OK?

Re:In brief (5, Informative)

IBBoard (1128019) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988062)

Or, with product names:

Panasonic Viera P905i (Think of it as the world's smallest "big-screen" TV)
Raon Everun UMPC (Ultra-mobile PC - a micro laptop)
Samsung 'Soul' SGH U900
NEC ValueStar W (Vista Media Centre that's extra quiet)
Toshiba ApriPoko Robot (This 11-inch-tall robot--which looks like the love child of a bird Pokemon and the Pillsbury Doughboy--is actually a voice-activated remote control)
Sony VAIO G2 (super-light laptop with all the normal features)
Fujitsu F705i
Aigo USB Dongle (HD receiver)
NEC LUI (LUI stands for "Life with Ubiquitous Integrated Solutions - basically a combination of media server and PDA or laptop)
Face Bank (Wave a coin in front of the bank's eyes (actually light sensors), and it opens wide to swallow your loose change. Afterward, it looks so pleased that you half expect it to emit a contented belch)

So, how many of those are actually things we're really missing, as opposed to just not having?

Re:In brief (4, Funny)

ccguy (1116865) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988440)

Or, with product names:
The things one has to do to get a +5...

Re:In brief (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988552)

Same with some links and a few extra comments (in []):

Panasonic Viera P905i [engadget.com] ([A phone with 854 x 480 display] Think of it as the world's smallest "big-screen" TV)
Raon [engadget.com] Everun [ocworkbench.com] UMPC [raondigital.com] (Ultra-mobile PC - a micro laptop)
Samsung 'Soul' SGH U900 [mobilegazette.com] [another phone]
NEC ValueStar W [engadget.com] (Vista Media Centre that's extra quiet)
Toshiba ApriPoko Robot [engadget.com] ([only a prototype?] This 11-inch-tall robot--which looks like the love child of a bird Pokemon and the Pillsbury Doughboy--is actually a voice-activated remote control)
Sony VAIO G2 [sonystyle.com] [Google translation [google.com] (super-light laptop with all the normal features)
Fujitsu F705i [gizmodo.com] [thin waterproof cell phone]
Aigo USB Dongle [legendsilicon.com.cn] (HD receiver [very small -- e.g., for laptops])
NEC LUI [engadget.com] (LUI stands for "Life with Ubiquitous Integrated Solutions - basically a combination of media server and PDA or laptop)
Face Bank [strapya-world.com] (Wave a coin in front of the bank's eyes (actually light sensors), and it opens wide to swallow your loose change. Afterward, it looks so pleased that you half expect it to emit a contented belch [okay -- this thing is REALLY weird])

Re:In brief (1)

Jutranjo (1227798) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988570)

The fact that you can't get them here _makes_ them cool.

Re:In brief (1)

MadUndergrad (950779) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988066)

Yeah, I'm convinced that Japan is the world's "Sharper Image". That whole list seems to be the sort of "that's neat, kind of...." overpriced stuff you see there. Until they can make robots that can beat me in hand to hand combat after finishing a triathalon while running on batteries or a phone with a good projector in it, I remain unimpressed.

Re:In brief (1)

megaditto (982598) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988176)

Until they can make robots that can beat me in hand to hand combat after finishing a triathalon while running on batteries
What's with the double standard? Would YOU be running on batteries during triathlon? At the very least you should be required to haul your own oxygen tank if you are to demand that a robot's PSU be self-contained...

In verbose (3, Informative)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988102)

There's the Panasonic Viera P905i,
the Raon Everun UMPC [dynamism.com] ,
the Samsung 'Soul' SGH U900,
the NEC ValueStar W [nxtsound.com] ,
the Toshiba ApriPoko Robot,
the Sony VAIO G2 [dynamism.com] ,
the Fujitsu F705i,
the Aigo USB Dongle,
the NEC LUI,
and the Face Bank

(links provided only to direct sale points or official corporate pages)

And (as I'm sure someone else will point out) "not here" only holds for certain values of "here".

Re:In brief (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988224)

Unfortunately it's one of those obnoxious stories that you have to click like 30x to read the whole thing

My thanks to CmdrTaco and molex333 for that warning. Thank you, kind sirs. I only get ten minutes an hour with my head not down, so again my wholehearted thanks.

There's a phone, a small pc, another phone, a vista pc, a voice controlled robot, a laptop, a water resistant phone, a hdtv usb dongle, a media server + handheld pc + notebook,
and a piggy bank.


None of which I'm salivating to have. My thanks to wombatmobile as well!

-mcgrew

(when they let me lift my head in a week or so I'll journal.)

Re:In brief (4, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988246)

Which is why they are not available in the US. There really isn't a market for Gadgets.
I can see two factors for this reason.

Factor 1. The 0th commandment above all other. Thow shal not waste money.
This is even shown on slashdot. Why buy a nice Apple Mac Book Pro where you can Build a Desktop that is 3 times more prowerful (5x if dont bother with the luxeries like insolated wires), it may look like it came from the wreck of the titanic, but I got a bargin out of it.

Factor 2. Only spend extra if you can show it off. Who cares if that phone as more features and cost less then the iPhone. the iPhone looks so much cooler, when you whip it out in front of others and imeadeatly a conversation starts. You technically superior phone no one will notice. Why do you think we get the Big Screen HD TVS and no Small ones. We don't want small HD TVs we wont big ones so when people enter their house they are like wow that is a big TV.

We tend to buy Crap Stuff for ourselfs and Nice stuff for others. If we don't attempt to impress someone else with your purchase you will get the cheapest possible, if you do attend to impress someone else then you are willing to pay a premium.

Look at our big purchases. Homes, Cars, Clothing. We are willing to pay for things at huge markup prices just to show it off. But for things you don't show off you get what you need.

Why is the Wii so popular (Technically weak compared to the other systems), it is designed to play with other (diverse group) people vs. the PS III which is designed for a bunch of Gammers in a basement to play with blank expressions on their face for hours.

Re:In brief (2, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988346)

Why do you think we get the Big Screen HD TVS and no Small ones.
So more than one person can see the high-definition detail at once. It's the same reason that party video games have been developed for consoles rather than PCs: until HTPCs take off, consoles are more likely to be connected to a screen that four human bodies can fit around.

Re:In brief (3, Insightful)

Saint Fnordius (456567) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988622)

Um... your commandments only make sense if you can quantify "use" and "waste" properly. Some of these gadgets have added value in entertainment, you do realise, or like the MacBook Pro bring enough to the table so that the investment in money beats the investment in time building your own.

As for your second statement, well, I just haven't seen it in the real world. People really do buy nice stuff for themselves without intending to show off. We call those people "connoisseurs". Those people who really do look for the best experience in X, be it wine, or cars, or computers or whatever.

It is folly and insulting to denigrate how others spend their money, really. We all get enjoyment from different things, and from different aspects of those things. To look down at someone as "wasting" their money merely because you personally don't see the benefit is silly.

Re:In brief (1)

Kenshin (43036) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988802)

Why buy a nice Apple Mac Book Pro where you can Build a Desktop that is 3 times more prowerful

Yes. Why buy a small, lightweight computer that you can bring everywhere with you when you can build a gigantic beast of a computer that sits at home? I suppose this reasoning only makes sense if you never leave your house.

Re:In brief (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988860)

Well, you certainly explained why no one is buying MacBook Pros. Thanks for clearing that up.

Re:In brief (1)

bcmm (768152) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988322)

After reading the article, I've tagged this post !cool. I suggest you all do this.

USB HD receiver (2, Informative)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 6 years ago | (#22987980)

I'm pretty sure there are plenty of USB HD receivers available here in the States. Maybe not that exact same model, but I've definitely seen some listed online. It seems like the biggest issue with them would be the size of the antenna, though.

Re:USB HD receiver (2, Informative)

Shatrat (855151) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988034)

I know you can get an ATSC (digital TV, which I assume is what everyone is trying to say when they say HDTV in this context) USB tuner from Hauppage at any Radioshack for about 60 bucks.

I don't know if the chinese "HDTV broadcasts" are ATSC or some other similar standard but ATSC would be the only one useful here anyway.

At least one is (-1)

will_die (586523) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988012)

Think Geek has one of the items mentioned available for sale in the US.
Limited quantities but listed here [thinkgeek.com]

Re:At least one is (3, Insightful)

MadJo (674225) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988198)

How is this 'informative'?
It's a link to one of this years Think Geek April Fools prank.
Did the moderators even look at the URL?

TV on mobile phones in Japan (4, Informative)

Rakshasa Taisab (244699) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988016)

What they forgot to mention about TV on those japanese phones is that the programming _sucks_...

Seriously, it's all game/talk-shows, news or sumo. Might as well do something else while sitting on the train in Tokyo, like watching the local girls or reading.

Re:TV on mobile phones in Japan (3, Interesting)

ephesus (252335) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988262)

I often thought the same thing while I was in Japan. It can't possibly be as bad as Korean television though, and I see people on the subways with TV on their phones constantly.

Re:TV on mobile phones in Japan (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988376)

Surely you can get the news, maybe even business news? The only worthwhile thing I can imagine watching while mobile.

Re:TV on mobile phones in Japan (1)

dwater (72834) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988732)

I would assume they wouldn't ship with the same programming.

In any case, I have a similar view of programming in the US (with a couple of notable exceptions).

You have to go to Europe to get anything decent, but really you want vod, IMO.

Face Bank Rocks! (0, Troll)

YeeHaW_Jelte (451855) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988068)

I really loved the face bank, basically a slab with eyes, nose and a mouth that opens the mouth if you hold a coin over it.

These should be imported into the states, so you Americans can learn your kids to start saving young ( saving = putting your own money in the bank and taking it out later when necessary, as opposed to what you are doing now, spending, which is taking money from the bank and putting it back in when you own it (never!)).

You know you're going to need it now you can't remortage your house anymore and the rest of the world is tired of keeping the dollar floating.

Re:Face Bank Rocks! (1)

esocid (946821) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988106)

That thing was pretty creepy looking and reminded me of something from either the Labyrinth or the Dark Crystal that would bite your hand off for a $1. How many hookers do you know that will do that?

Videos... (4, Informative)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988168)

A few videos courtesy of YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=facebank [youtube.com]

Re:Videos... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988420)

Holy communion, Batman!

Re:Videos... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988566)

Hmmm... I wonder what else I could stick in there.

Re:Videos... (1)

TheBig1 (966884) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988902)

That is freaky! Great way to give a kid nightmares, though...

Re:Face Bank Rocks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988408)

These should be imported into the states, so you Americans can learn your kids to start saving young ( saving = putting your own money in the bank and taking it out later when necessary, as opposed to what you are doing now, spending, which is taking money from the bank and putting it back in when you own it (never!)).

Yeah, teach them to put their money in a bank savings account so they can get under three percent (savings account rates track fed funds rate) and get taxed on the interest at 25% (for an after-tax yield of 2%), all while inflation is at 4% (but only if you have to do crazy stuff like eat or travel). Meaning the money will buy them less simply by virtue of holding onto it in a bank savings account!

Real smart move there!

Oh, or better idea: put it all in stock index funds in a tax-free or tax-deferred account so you can't touch it until you're too old to enjoy life!

As much as I save, I can't quite justify to myself anymore how this is rational. Borrowing at 5.5% to buy a car that I'll get to pay back at a fixed rate in inflated dollars? Well, that starts to make sense...

Re:Face Bank Rocks! (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988488)

Of course, somewhere more than half of Americans don't have any unsecured debt, and something like 80% of mortgage holders are doing just fine.

The current financial crisis in the United States is not an epidemic, it is happening at the margins. Since the margin is where most financial profits get made, it is having a big effect on Wall St., and the news is braying about it constantly, but the proper description of the US economy is that it is really good, just not as really good as it was 4 years ago. That means things are sucking for a lot of people, but even for those people, things aren't terrible(I certainly wouldn't want to walk away from a mortgage, but it is entirely survivable).

And if you are really pissed about the dollar, go back to 1995 and make the Chinese float the yuan.

Face bank can be ordered from Japan (1)

KNicolson (147698) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988492)

Try Strapya [strapya-world.com] . Round about US$24 plus $5 postage.

Who Cares About the Face Bank.... (1)

penguin_dance (536599) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988886)

I used to have a Creepy Hand Bank! [amazon.com] :-)

Nothing impressive... (2, Informative)

PortHaven (242123) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988076)

Really, I saw nothing that really stood out or impressed me.

Okay, the bank think was cute...but I think it'd be better if the eyes could also identify a coin and track it. And if it was like "feed me, feed me...oh oh...pretty puh-lease".

But 80% of what I saw, I'd seen equivalents before here in the U.S. (I swear Samsung makes a phone for Verizon that does both the top and side flip.)

The Remote Robot was cute...and somewhat useful.

But I really was disappointed.

In all fairness... (4, Informative)

THESuperShawn (764971) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988138)

The "coolest" gadget on the list (also basically the one thats not a phone) isn't "available" in Asia either- unless you work for the lab that is working on it. The IR learning robot "is nesting in Toshiba's research labs, awaiting its first solo flight". Heck, I bet we have some cool stuff nesting in our labs here that you can't buy in Asia yet either.

e-Cigarette (5, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988152)

There's a device I wanted my roommates to start using called an e-Cigarette [wikipedia.org] and I tried looking for it here in the states but ended up having to order it from China either due to the fact that they have th patent or that someone here (conspiracy!) has it and choses not to manufacture it.

I'm shocked I hadn't heard of this before but I am really concerned for my roommates' lungs as they smoke almost a pack a day and they get very very upset when they don't have it. Plus they could probably smoke these in the house or in bars as they're just water vapor.

A great gadget that I haven't found here. Actually, I think this could save a lot of people money (cheaper) and improve their health and duration of life.

Re:e-Cigarette (1)

esocid (946821) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988446)

Just look for a vaporizer. I'm sure you can use tobacco in them in addition to its main purpose. Although the ones I've used a a little big and not meant to be portable.

Re:e-Cigarette (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988580)

The generic name for that gadget is a nicotine inhaler. They were reasonably successful over here in the UK in the 1990s (Nicroette still sell theirs [nicorette.co.uk] ) but they don't seem to bother marketing much now. Of course, it never looked much like a cigarette which is a drawback. You could disguise it in a cigar, I guess.

Re:e-Cigarette (1)

JavaPunk (757983) | more than 6 years ago | (#22989058)

You can buy they exact same thing in the States. Its imported from China so it's probably the exact same device. They go by the brand NJoy http://njoy.com/ [njoy.com] around here. It goes for about a hundred bucks. The site even has a calculator to find when you'll start saving money.

changed to: 10 Cool Gadgets You Don't Want to Have (1)

vilaca (1268856) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988214)

seriously... only that face bank is "kind of cool" but surely nothing i would buy...

Re:changed to: 10 Cool Gadgets You Don't Want to H (1)

molex333 (1230136) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988372)

Are you kidding? Who doesn't want a talking remote control? A robot that changes the channel for me is one of my wet dreams come true! Go Toshiba...make it mass producable!

Re:changed to: 10 Cool Gadgets You Don't Want to H (1)

vilaca (1268856) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988470)

erm i don't... but then... i dont watch TV :)

Big Deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988270)

Really? I can't get crappy cell phones, small inconvenient laptops, or useless robot toys in this country? News to me. You know what I can get in this country? Articles that exist on a single page, and don't require ten clicks to read.

Bad submitter! Bad! Bad!

How about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988362)

Freedom of speech?

I mean actual, de facto, freedom to voice an opinion or idea and not only be free from government sanction but also from being buried in lawsuits by large multinational corps or PACs.

Amiga 1000 (1)

argent (18001) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988382)

Remember the keyboard garage [pcworld.com] in the Amiga 1000?

USA vs OTHER COUNTRIES (2, Informative)

hlopez (220083) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988388)

I find it odd that the US being the worlds largest economy and #1 consumer does not always get the latest products.
Here in Mexico, at least with Nextel PTT phones we are at least 2 years ahead with the offerings having access to semi decent phones while the Nextel USA handles only bricks that look like phones from the 90's.

30 clicks? 10 clicks? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988392)

They can go fuck themselves if they think I'm going to click more than 3 times to read their "article".

Am I the only one who couldn't care less? (2, Informative)

Hojima (1228978) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988400)

Seriously, people are trying to combine as many gadgets as possible into tiny crap and sell them for huge prices. I want a cell phone that makes calls, and a laptop that meets all my business/media needs. I don't want it to double as an electric razor, drill, laser beam, grill, hand grenade etc... If I want to listen to music and play games, I'll do it at home. Who the hell listens to music and plays games 24/7 (i.e. "on the go")? Sounds like they need to get a damn job (at least one that requires more than a pulse to work). It must be the same douche-bags that dance for a living, or spoiled high school students that feel accomplished just owning crap, that buys this shit.

I Got One Of Those Face Banks (5, Funny)

Skeetskeetskeet (906997) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988430)

I waved something else in front of it and now I'm stuck.....get some help please?

Say what? (1)

shadoelord (163710) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988444)

They have a USB HDTV dongle listed as something "you can't have"... seriously, do these people get out to the stores much? There are at least 5 brands of USB HDTV dongles at my local fry's!

Would someone please inform them that these do _not_ "decode" HDTV; they are simply a silicon tuner, [ATSC|DVB|ISDB|] demodulators (qam, qpsk, 8vsb) slapped together with a usb interface. The PC does all the packet filtering, stream reconstruction, and finally video and audio decoding.

Re:Say what? (1)

faedle (114018) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988610)

The Chinese device isn't just a simple tuner for conventional over-the-air broadcasts.

The Chinese government has built a micro-cellular style video distribution system on top of their conventional HDTV broadcast signals specifically designed for mobile reception. While the "receiver" mentioned is probably just a DSP (like you mention), it is not necessarily designed to receive conventional Chinese HDTV, but a special lower-power (and I assume higher frequency) broadcast designed for smaller screens.

Re:Say what? (1)

shadoelord (163710) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988960)

Its still a tuner + demod! It conforms to the DTTB spec; Chinese Digital Television Terrestrial Broadcasting (DTTB) System Standard (GB20600-2006). A quick look at the LegendSilicon website shows that it decodes QAM signals as well as the core TDS-OFDM for DTTB - but no mater what, it outputs a MPEG2 Transport Stream for the "Device" to decode (be that a laptop, pmp, ultra portable, etc).

What ever the case, this device performs _exactly_ the same operations as an ATSC or DVB-H or DVB-S usb dongle; tune & demultiplex. These devices have been ready and on store shelves in the Americas and Europe for a while now, thus refuting the articles claim of "can't have!".

Re:Say what? (1)

faedle (114018) | more than 6 years ago | (#22989060)

I agree that it is sloppy reporting.

However, you are missing the bigger point. It isn't _JUST_ a DTTB standard receiver. There's a whole network that China has installed to make it work.

Have you tried receiving ATSC signals while mobile? It sucks, mostly because the ATSC standard doesn't really handle multipath very well. The Chinese "mobile TV" system supposedly solves that problem by using low-power repeaters in a specific frequency band.

If it works, it is "cool", and something we don't have in the English-speaking world.

Article title: "Junk that America won't buy" (3, Insightful)

lancejjj (924211) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988450)

PC World has an article about 10 gadgets that are available in Asia but not here. It is a review of some quirky toys that the Japanese have and we don't!
Just because the manufacturers have determined that American's don't want to buy some of their junky products doesn't mean that American's are missing out on "great stuff".

At the same time, the people in Asia don't have a lot of the junk sold in American stores. That's because a lot of American junk wouldn't be attractive to that market.

Remember why Chrysler was complaining that the Japanese were not importing American cars? I wonder if the Japanese thought they were missing out on something awesome, like that 1982 LeBarron.

Where is 'here'? (1)

arizonagroovejet (874489) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988534)

Where is 'here'? Is what you call 'here' where I call 'here'? Probably not. So how do you know what is available where I call 'here'?

Hell my phone erroneously bills me (1)

gelfling (6534) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988546)

Hundreds of dollars more than Sprint's plan. Every damn month. My phone must have extraterrestrial intelligence. Or a close personal relationship with Sprint's billing computers.

You see, in the US we're too busy fucking up basic customer service and being beholden to phone companies, the FCC and crappy near-Gray Box PC companies like Dell, who's latest and greatest innovation is to send me 2 different catalogs every week in the mail. Plus I bet we kick Japan's ass in the area of 1337 neon tubes inside our Gamerz PC's.

I put a dollar in facebank (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988560)


but it spat it out and was sick over the sideboard

eDictionaries in Europe/US please?? (1)

LLKrisJ (1021777) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988562)

Does anybody know why those neat electronic translators by Sharp, Casio and some others http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/13/casio-electronic-dictionary-translator-talks-back-recognizes/ [engadget.com] are never sold outside of Asia with some European language support??

This always surprised me. I can understand these devices can be useful in Korea and Japan but they are quite powerful, they often have some neat PDA functionality and by God, it would be nice to have a good alternative to the over priced and especially pants devices that companies like Franklin try to flog us...

Re:eDictionaries in Europe/US please?? (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988708)

Because everybody speaks english, at least enough to get by. Also the reasons that Languages have not been popular in English speaking countries.

Re:eDictionaries in Europe/US please?? (1)

LLKrisJ (1021777) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988878)

Because everybody speaks english
I dare you to go to France, Spain, ... and test that hypothesis :-). This is not meant as an insult to said countries, but in general mastery of English leaves much to be desired in some parts of Europe. And regardless of that, some European languages are just nice to learn so a good alternative to heavy, semi-luggable paper versions of dictionaries might be nice whilst traveling across the old continent. I am Belgian myself btw...

Also the reasons that Languages have not been popular in English speaking countries
If we follow that logic, we could just get rit of all languages all together... I honestly don't see a difference between the average Korean or Japanese guy needing a good e-Dictionary (or a westerner in Asia for that matter) and a European needing some help getting buy in another European country.

It's time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22988632)

I, for one, welcome our Asian overlords from the future.

Can't get where? (1)

funkboy (71672) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988724)

Where is "here"? Online?

you can also get (1)

jaimz22 (932159) | more than 6 years ago | (#22988908)

You can get bird flu in Asia also! it's all the rage!

Living in Ireland (1)

PinkyDead (862370) | more than 6 years ago | (#22989022)

There is an alternative list: The 10 Cool Gadgets you can get here (maybe).

I just don't get this shipping restriction nonsense - either you want to sell your products or you don't.
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