Modern Japan

Whether it’s robots or smartphones, artificial intelligence or the best sounding audio products, Japan has always been at the forefront of any conversation about how technology is changing our lives. We recently spent several weeks in Tokyo discovering not only what some of the biggest names in new tech are creating, but also taking advantage of the exciting location to test out the best smartphone cameras, and discover the charm of its popular tech-tourism destinations. From Pepper to hedgehogs, via dreams of AI with a winning personality, our series on modern Japan shows what was once considered the place to see the latest technological advancements in action, has lost none of its appeal.

Modern Japan

Whether it's robots or smartphones, artificial intelligence or the best sounding audio products, Japan has always been at the forefront of any conversation about how technology is changing our lives. We recently spent several weeks in Tokyo discovering not only what some of the biggest names in new tech are creating, but also taking advantage of the exciting location to test out the best smartphone cameras, and discover the charm of its popular tech-tourism destinations. From Pepper to hedgehogs, via dreams of AI with a winning personality, our series on modern Japan shows what was once considered the place to see the latest technological advancements in action, has lost none of its appeal.

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Emerging Tech

Pepper is everywhere in Japan, and nobody cares. Should we feel bad for robots?

Pepper the robot is a surprisingly common sight in Japan, but not everyone takes the time to stop and see what it offers. It’s time for that to change, as robots and artificial intelligence start to converge.
Mobile

Camera shootout: Galaxy Note 8 vs. iPhone 8

Samsung and Apple’s big screen, big-body phones both have amazing cameras; but can the Galaxy Note 8 beat the iPhone 8 Plus when it comes to taking photos in all weathers and situations? We found out when we took them both to Japan.
Social Media

Japan's king of cute wants to develop a lovable A.I. you can't live without

In 2011, messaging app Line capitalized on the increasing popularity of smartphones to become a massive hit. Now, it wants to do the same with artificial intelligence, and it’s going about it in a unique way.
Mobile

Camera shootout: Shooting hedgehogs with the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8

Both the iPhone 8 Plus and the Note 8 have dual-lens cameras to reproduce a bokeh-style blurred background effect. We went to a hedgehog café in Tokyo to see which captured the cute, spiky creatures best.
Features

We geeked out in Akihabara to see if it’s still a tech fan’s dream

Has Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan been completely overtaken by all things manga and anime, or is it still a tech-fan’s dream? We visited to find out -- and discovered it’s a vibrant, exciting mix of both.
Home Theater

How some of the best wireless headphones were almost never made

Audio Technica’s ATH-DSR9BT headphones will change the way you think about wireless audio quality. But engineering them was such a challenge, they almost never made it past the early stages. We talked to the engineers to learn the whole…
Mobile

Long-haul flights will just fly by with these gadgets and tips

Traveling, especially when on a long-haul flight, doesn't have to be a nightmare. Fill the time using the best luxury travel tech, and listen to top insider tips, and the hours will just "fly" by.