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Bubble wrap to your heart’s content (or until the batteries run out)

Translation - now let's pop bubble wrap! Here’s something to start off your weekend. Probably the most universally pleasing thing in the world is (no, not THAT – Puritans hated that) bubble wrap. But you can’t always carry around a big wad of bubble wrap to de-stress. So the Japanese, who make everything better, came up with the Mugen Puchi Puchi bubble wrap gizmo.

You can get 10 hours of battery life from it, and the highlights are a mute button for public places (I’ll strangle you if you use it next to me on the train) and a special bonus sound every one hundred pops. For US$7, I might have to spring for one of these if I run into it in Tokyo this weekend.

[story via Mainichi Daily News] [image via the official website]

Robot toy can now recognize human faces, new torment for cats on the way

Zeno's paradox A new toy that’s been developed will be able to greet you and your family’s pet by name, as well as display emotions. The 17-inch doll comes in at 1/5 the price of the now defunct AIBO at $300, primarily due to the outsourcing of processing power to your computer, which it will connect to using Wi-fi. Zeno will be able to learn faces and names, as well as being fully mobile (walking, at least, no jump jets – yet). Its first debut was at Wired Magazine’s NextFest conference Sept. 13th-16th in LA. The developer’s website has an email list for those of you dying to keep track of its next appearance. [image courtesy Wikipedia Commons]

Zeno covers pretty much everything you need — vision, hearing, speech — to move about the world and the crafty outsourcing of computing power potentially allows for updates. Combine it with this guy and I’m definitely in!
(via PC World)