Tag Archives | Japan

Sharp Creates A Musical Rube Goldberg Machine

For the release of the Touch Wood SH-08C handset, Sharp created a giant Rube Goldberg stye marimba in the Kyushu woodlands of Japan that plays Bach’s Cantata 147.

Apparently, no artificial music was added to the final spot, and only the background noises were adjusted to enhance the effect.


…Rintendo bikes are awesome?


Rintendo makes a series of bikes that feature some rather… unique forms of power assistance.

The four models include Jokee, a steam-powered bicycle, FIRE Trick BOB with a real jet engine, AQUA trick BOB which uses eight bottles of Diet Pepsi to power an onboard, high pressure water jet, and ELECTRIC BOB, which uses an electric powered propeller to get around.

They’re all custom made in Japan, so actually purchasing one and then shipping it may be a bit of a pain, but if you’ve got the skills to make one of your own, and just needed a bit of inspiration, then let this be it!

[Rintendo – Power Assist Bikes]

…The Eliica takes electric cars into the future?

Eliica Exterior

What has eight wheels, eight motors, four wheel steering, runs on electricity, and accelerates faster than a Corvette?

The Eliica (which stands for Electric Lithium-Ion Car) was conceived by Hiroshi Shimizu and designed by a team at Keio University in Japan, and supposedly can go up to 200 miles per charge, and tops out at more than 230 mph.

Eliica Interior

It reaches those amazing speeds through the use of eight electric motors, each generating 80 hp and powering its own wheel (for a total of 640 horsepower!) and though only two are currently in existence, the team hopes to build 200 of them once it can find a corporate sponsor.

200 mph in an electric car that seats four and will go 200 miles before needing a change?

Sounds like an all-electric winner to me!

[Eliica (Japanese)]

[Wikipedia – Eliica]

[Via: Inhabitat]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: ASI W66GTS?

ASI W66GTS Sides

It’s hard to deny that the ASI W66GTS is anything but a head turning car. (In case you were wondering, ASI stands for Accuracy, Spirit and Imagination.)

ASI W66GTS Front And Back

Featuring the company’s dry carbon fiber hood, trunk and wing, the gold Bentley’s strikingly flowered paint scheme is hand painted onto the car by none other than Japan’s very own Nakamura Tetsuei.

If you’re worried that the exterior was the only part of this car to go under the knife though, then fear not, as the twin-turbo W12 was also the beneficiary of a hefty power jump to the tune of up to 800 horsepower.

It’s definitely not a car for everybody, but in a land filled with Ferraris and Lamborghinis, young oil tycoons are having to try harder and harder each day to stand out at the Dubai drive through.

[ASI – Bentley W66GTS]

…Scooters can be customized?

Japanese Customized Scooters

Apparently the new trend in Japan is customized scooters that have been lowered, chromed, painted and tuned.

Since Japan brought us the rice rocket, could this be the next trend in vehicle modification?

[Pink Tentacle – Japanese Custom Scooters]