Robot of the Day: This Creepy Japanese Robot Will Learn From Your Emotions

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Created by telecoms company SoftBank, "Pepper" is programmed to recognize users' emotions based on voice recognition and facial analysis and respond in kind. Basically, Pepper is designed to make you happy, which is why he's primarily being marketed as a home companion or caregiver for children and the elderly.

Why, Japan? of the Day: Giant Isopod Plushie

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Why, Japan? of the Day: Giant Isopod Plushie
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Giant isopods (daiogusokumushi in Japanese) are passionately loved by some people in Japan. They found the creatures mysterious and cute. A giant isopod in Toba Aquarium has eaten no food for over 4 years. This giant isopod doll is close to the real ones in shape. The doll has cute round eyes and is very soft and comfortable to the touch.