7 Unbelievably Disturbing Japanese Gadgets You Have To See

The Japanese are freaky (and I mean that with utmost appreciation). Ranging from incredibly awesome to flat-out disturbing, the Japanese have produced an intriguing array of devices and inventions over the years that sometimes blow our minds to bits. But others have bewildered us. But while strange things are strange, they can also be cool.

So we’re going to take a better look at some of the more disturbingly cool devices that have originated from the Land of the Rising Sun. We also promise that you’ll have a better appreciation for everything you own (and a few things that you don’t) after you are done with this article.


1. Tuttuki Bako

There’s a hole and finger, and you use your finger, which goes in the hole, to play with a digital… thing. The Device in question is the Tuttuki Bako. The concept here seems just a tiny bit suggestive — while you are “fingering” this device, your objective is to interact with a virtual creature that appears on the screen. Your success and failure depends entirely upon your ability to finger this device appropriately. And yeah, that’s all we have to say about it.


2. Geminoid TMF

We know that Japan is on the forefront of robotics technology, but I must take exception when they are creating robots that look almost exactly like humans. Haven’t the Japanese ever seen I, Robot? Joking aside, the robots themselves are not the problem here. The things that people might do with them is. It’s really only a matter of time before we see Robots Gone Wild.


3. Solar Powered Bra

When environmental groups push for us to save Earth’s energy, I’m sure they didn’t have solar-powered bras in mind. But to who ever thought this thing up: I do not approve of this in the sake of fashion. However, it is pretty cool because the message, no matter what it might say, is sure to get some attention (exactly what advertisers want). For that, I guess that whole “sex sells” adage applies here.


4. Face Bank

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Instead of shoving your finger in this thing, you shove money inside instead. This “face bank” has a mouth that swallows your money, using a freakishly realistic animation to get the job done. I don’t know why they created this. But I do know what many of you are thinking while you watch this.


5. Squat Toilet

If I had the ability to hover parallel to the ground, this thing wouldn’t be as disturbing and might be usable. But since I can’t, I have to talk about the Japanese-style squat toilet (which isn’t necessarily a gadget, I know). To use it, you have to squat to do your business. Amazing, right? It is touted as being an efficient and clean solution to the traditional westernized toilet. But I digress. Could you imagine a drunk person trying to use this thing? All of those “fail” blogs around the Web would never run out of toilet-related humor.


6. RSStrom Reader

To help keep you entertained while you are attempting to use your squat toilet, we have the RSStrom Reader, a device that was designed to print out RSS feeds on your toilet paper — now that’s convenient, right? Unfortunately, this device never made it to market, but, ironically enough, it is probably the one device that doesn’t creep me out on this entire list.


7. Love Plus

I love my family, my friends, and even those little umbrellas you get in mixed drinks, but my virtual girlfriend on my Nintendo DS will have to take a back seat. Just don’t tell that to this guy who actually married his virtual girlfriend in Love Plus. The most disturbing part, however, is how devoted he truly is: “When I die, I want to be buried with her in my arms.” Oh the things virtual girlfriends can do to men.

Written by James Mowery

James Mowery is a passionate technology journalist and entrepreneur who has written for various top-tier publications like Mashable and CMSWire. Follow him on Twitter: @JMowery.

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May 3rd, 2010 at 8:00 am

is it me or is that Ugly Betty?

Theo Hodkin
May 3rd, 2010 at 9:58 am


Anyway, yeah, I want one of those facebanks… just to remind me how f***ed up Japan is…

Anyway, great new website guys!

May 3rd, 2010 at 11:06 am

I dont know about getting a virtual girlfriend, mr Love Plus needs to get an actual life!

maximum weirdness.

Well done with the new site looks great :-)

May 3rd, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Japan is, in effect, just “Rule 34 island”.

May 3rd, 2010 at 7:28 pm

LOOOOOOOOOL at the facebank

May 3rd, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Squat toilets are available in many places around Asia. Not only Japan.

rod rodriguez
May 3rd, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Hahahaha, neat selections… I’d get me a Geminoid one of these days… it may come in handy… hmmmn.

Gert van den Brink
May 3rd, 2010 at 10:49 pm

That last one is just sad…. very sad… People like that really need someone to show them that there is a life away from the computer/digital world.

May 4th, 2010 at 1:30 am

Where can i get the earphones????

May 4th, 2010 at 3:08 am

Squat toilet are pretty common in Asia.

Web Design Kerala
May 4th, 2010 at 4:12 am

Heyyy. facebank rocks!!!!!!!!

Jeroen Marechal
May 4th, 2010 at 5:10 am

I actually like the RSSTrom Reader. Saw a documentary on Discovery once about that Geminoid TMF robot and that thing is really awesome.

May 4th, 2010 at 9:17 am

Tried to avoid those squatting toilets on numerous visits to the Far East but unfortunately on one trip I was forced to use it.
To my surprise it was probably the most efficient poo I’ve ever had though I did strain numerous muscles trying to get into position.

James Mowery
May 4th, 2010 at 10:15 am


Thanks for the interesting yet disturbing insight. Haha. 😉

James Mowery
May 4th, 2010 at 10:15 am


Yeah, I saw them talking about it on Current’s Vanguard on DirecTV’s 101 Network. Pretty interesting, yet creepy, stuff.

abhi lokesh
May 5th, 2010 at 7:07 am

Great job with the design on the new site guys! it looks smashing! That tuttuki bako gadget is actually a pretty innovative step forward in further blending the digital/virtual and real world. It’s…awkward to say the least. Lol, it’s like a highly advanced, highly akward tomagachi.

May 5th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

The Face Bank is sooo creepy! =O


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