Cogy, the wheelchair for those who can pedal, but not walk.

With a little re-branding and a helping “leg” from technology, this wheelchair is ready for the 21st century.

Profhand, the company behind the wheelchair that encourages people to use their legs, has been around since 2009, but you won’t be able to find much information about them since as of June 21, the company renamed itself. Now called Cogy, pronounced like “corgi” but without the “r”, the company hopes to harness the emerging virtual reality boom and combine the technology with their inspiring wheel chair design.

▼ Their chair in action. It’s quite inspirational.

The chair designed by Tohoku University Professor Emeritus, Yasunobu Handa and his graduate team, is the world’s first wheelchair that “requires” the use of your legs. Rather than depending on signals from your brain to move your legs, which paralysis victims often can’t do, the Cogy promotes a reaction from the spine. It might look like you are pedaling non-stop, but braking only requires a quick squeeze on the brake lever, much like a bicycle.

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▼ This handle can also instantly turn the wheelchair.

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▼ Color options. Excellent!

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The Cogy VR System is another important part of the re-branding and will utilize the latest technology to provide fun and helpful rehabilitation to the users.  By adding a sensor in the pedals that sends data to the app, it can measure foot pressure which will allow a user to get a better sense of balance and achieve a smooth center of gravity.

▼ Just going for a pedal down the street.

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▼ How the app looks

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The psychological effects of losing the mobility of your legs can be absolutely devastating to people with paralysis and many people who suffer from it dream of a day when they can use their legs again. While this isn’t exactly walking, the Cogy wheelchair does provide a way to move your body with the power of your “legs”, and just the idea of doing that can be incredibly uplifting to victims and their friends and family. You only need to see the smiles on people’s faces to know that this new wheelchair is doing exactly what Cogy wants it to do.

M 329,000円 / L 370,000円

Weight 14.8 kg (medium) , 17.3Kg (large)

They also have some extra options to go with it:

 

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Stand to use indoors, turn your wheels into a home trainer

Source: Cogy via Kai-You

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Cat’s eye contacts are cute AND creepy…

Cosmetics company Eye Style teams with popular Japanese cosplayer Nekomu Otogi to release these cute but disturbing cat’s eye contact lenses.

There’s no question that cats have superior night vision and possibly possess a Terminator-style HUD that allows them to quickly triangulate the trajectory of their natural prey and/or laser pointer dots, allowing them to pounce at lightning speeds and in low light conditions. It’s an amazing super power, but it comes with the trade-off that their pupils wind up being creepy vertical slits that are disconcerting to look at whenever you catch your feline “friend” staring at you from the corner of the room.

Of course, super vision is far out of reach for mankind, but now, thanks to popular cosplayer Nekomu Otogi and cosmetics retailer Eye Style, you can at least borrow the feline’s amazing powers of creeping people out with these cat’s eye color contacts.

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It isn’t that Nekomu Otogi cosplays much as a cat (well, outside of the purposes of promoting these contacts, as you can see below), but according to the product’s official website, Otogi volunteered to produce the contacts because, she claims, she’s always wanted something like them but could never find a suitable substitute on the market.

 

The contacts come in yellow, red, two shades of blue, purple, pink, brown and gray, and may just help you add that special flare to any cosplay, regardless of your costume’s relationship to felines. Or, you could just wear them daily as normal and revel in the spit takes of passersby as you stroll around (most likely) Akihabara.

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The contacts retail for 4,212 yen (US$40) for a pair that Eye Style says will last for around a month of on-and-off wear and you can order from Eye Style’s official website. As with most cool Japanese stuff, shipping is domestic only, but you have JWS  to get the contacts sent to you.

Source and Images: Eye Style

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Furoshiki Shoes from Vibram designed to literally wrap around your feet are now available in new colo(u)rs!

Back in 2015 we wrote about these fresh newly designed sneakers from “five toe”sneaker maker Vibram and how we all would get rich shipping these shoes  to fashion keen, sports minded folks all over the world. Well our optimism about being popular was right on the spot, the part about us getting rich and being able to put our kids through college….not so much. If our accountant really had been to college than he would have been able to calculate that in order to get a zillion yen we needed to ship at least a million shoes…the man forgot that we only charge 10% of the original price which was 17,064 yen….No we didn’t fire him since he’s the only one who actually knows how to use a calculator, in the world of the blind, one eye is……

Anyways back to those awesome Furoshiki Shoes, they introduced new colors:

Blue


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And White

There’s good news for my US readers as they are sold in the US now, but for other countries it might be harder to get your hands on them….no worries though, we are here for you.

Serge Roso JWS

Star Wars circuit board phone and train pass cases light up without batteries

See this, you must!

Daily life for many people in Japan involves taking the train, be it to school, work, or just into town for some shopping. Instead of buying a ticket every time, a lot of train commuters opt for an IC card – an electronic, rechargeable train pass which allows you to simply tap in and out of your departure and destination stations, automatically withdrawing the correct fare. But undoubtedly the coolest thing about having a train pass is getting a pass case for it.

There are pass cases for every taste and style, but we’re pretty sure this is the first time you’ve seen one that lights up when it’s tapped.

Osaka-based company, Denshi Gihan, has released a line of Star Wars themed pass cases, as well as cases for the iPhone 6/6s, featuring a blueprint design of the X-Wing in the style of a computer circuit board. Actually, the cases are real circuit boards, finished with gold plating and a super transparent resin to cover the electronic parts. The red LED light flashes when the case with card is tapped at the ticket gate. So far, it has not been tested for use with passes outside of Japan, except for with FeliCa cards in Hong Kong. The pass cases come in slack white, green, and even black, and come packaged in a gift box with its strap, for 11,000 yen (US$105.95).image05 image06 image07

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The iPhone6/6s cases come with the same unique design, but these use the phone’s electrical signal to convert to electricity, making the LED light up when the signal is strong enough. You can purchase the standard case (size 138 by 68 by 10 millimeters), containing 55 electric components, for 15,000 yen ($143.88)…

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…or the iPhone6/6s Plus (size 158 by 80 by 10.5 millimeters) with 67 electronic components for 16,000 yen ($153.48).

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Not quite with the Force? Not to worry- you can choose the Tokyo train map train map design, which looks just as awesome, for 12,000 yen ($115.10).

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You can purchase these (and many more!) items from the PCB ART moeco site here, but as they appear to only ship within Japan, if you’re living overseas you’ll need to use a reshipping service like JWS , or rely on the help of a kind friend. While it is important to remember that the train pass case hasn’t been tested for overseas compatibility, the iPhone case at least should be universal. And there’s sure to be no one who can match your style!

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Source and images: Denshi Gihan

New line of ball-jointed dolls include conveniently situated USB hub

This doll is hiding more than just boobies under her shirt.

Danny Choo turned heads last year when he introduced his line of Smart Dolls, first modeled off the mascot of Culture Japan, Mirai Suenaga.

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These dolls fuse Japanese ball-jointed craftsmanship with useful functions like the ability to hold game controllers and other objects up to 700 grams (about 1.5 pounds), to tell time, and, with his latest addition to the series, to even charge your mobile accessories with a built-in USB hub.

The female doll line-up comes with a well-crafted body and two conveniently located USB slots for all your gadgets.

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But for those of you concerned that Choo has literally objectified the female physique, don’t worry- there’s also a male version that comes with a nice six-pack and an extra slot.

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▼ I guess even in doll form, boobs still get in the way

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The USB is situated inside the doll with a soft foam protection, but it can be easily removed or replaced with other things. Just take her top off (again, literally) and pop it back on.

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At a 14,000 yen (US$130) for a torso piece (other body parts sold separately), it might be a little difficult to collect them all, but just imagine the hours of fun you could have if you did!

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Of course, a few people, and maybe some of our readers, may be disappointed that Choo missed the opportunity to model the new line off of the anime Hand Maid May by putting the USB hub at the back. But now he has an idea for the next line!

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Source: Danny Choo/Smart Doll
Feature/insert images: Danny Choo/Smart Doll

Converse sneakers go Ultra!

For the 50th anniversary of Ultraman, Converse has created some awesome kicks, two based on their best selling AllSTAR HI model and one on their SLIP OX.

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First up is the ALL STAR ULTRAMAN R HI

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Now look at the soles….no one will complain when you sit with your feet up..ever again!

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Next up is the ALL STAR ELEKING R HI .

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Like the monster in the movies, these glow in the dark!

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Look at these soles..sugoi (wow in Japanese)

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And last is the BALTANSEIJIN R SLIP OX.

To be worn without or…..

ALL STAR(R) BALTANSEIJIN R SLIP OX

with shoestrings..

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And of course good old Baltan is featured on the soles too.

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The shoes will go up for sale in July with prices ranging from 8,500 yen for the Elekings to 9,500 yen for both the others.

Why not combine them with a MAN OF ULTRAxROEN layered pullover parka? (43,200 yen)

 

 

Or keep it simple with this MAN OF ULTRA logo t-shirt. (black and white)¥6,372

Funny how things turn out, I admit that I’ve never been a great fan of the early Ultra Man series, but when it comes to fashion, no other superhero has it beat….maybe it’s the simple yet strong name “Ultra Man”, it’s a logo which never looks cheesy but tasteful and can be worn with all outfits. Call me a fan and when I prance around in my new Ultra yukata I know that fashion is on my side and the geek in me will be allowed to walk hand in hand with my better half.

for more info on the sneakers click here, and for the THE MAN OF ULTRA FASHION click here.

Serge Roso JWS

 

 

Get ready to meet the new sheriff in town..Super Mecha Toy Story Robot Sheriff.

We’ve seen some strange Toy Story merchandise before, but this one takes it to a whole new level. Get ready to meet the new sheriff in town: “Super Mecha Toy Story Robot Sheriff.”

▼ Andy got a new toy for Christmas…
and it’s gonna kick all the other toys’ butts.

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This is no fan creation – it’s an official toy recently announced by BANDAI for release this upcoming fall. It stands a full 230 millimeters (9 inches) tall, and it is packed with as much awesome as plastically possible.

But, there’s still the question: what exactly is it? Well, for starters, it’s not just one thing – it’s five separate toys joined together into one magnificent mecha. Here’s the cast of characters:

▼ We start off with Woody,
who’s looking spiffy with some rocket boots.

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▼ Next is the horse Bullseye, who now has a…missile-launcher??

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▼ Then there’s Slinky with tank-feet…

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▼ …Hamm the hover-pig…

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▼ …and Rex, who looks like he’s finally the laser-shooting
dinosaur we’ve always dreamed of.

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▼ And with their forces combined, they become…

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▼ Super Mecha Toy Story Robot Sheriff! Awww yeahhhh!

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▼ Not sure how effective it would be to punch with a slinky,
but we’re not going to argue with awesome!

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This creation story behind this Toy Story mecha was recently unveiled by Bandai in a short video. You can watch it here:

Personally I have no idea why the characters from Toy Story have basically turned into the Power Rangers, but hey, major creativity points to whoever at BANDAI came up with this thing!

If you want to get your own Toy Story mecha, it will be available starting November 25. The price is a steep 18,900 yen (US$177), but you’ve got six full months to get your piggy bank (or Godzilla bank) ready.

Source: BANDAI via IT media

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