Energy map from the huge quake and tsunami that hit Japan early this morning. (via poptech: nprinterns)
Japan is notorious for its fascination with vending machines — as of 2008, there were 5.5 million of them across the nation. And these aren’t merely the candy bar and soda variety, either — Japan has vending machines that sell live crabs, grow lettuce, arecovered in moss, and dispense smart cars. And by this time next year, it will have 10,000 vending machines that charge electric cars.
China has overtaken Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy, the fruit of three decades of rapid growth that has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.
Paul Higgins: It is always important to remember that two economies with the same GDP but vastly differing populations are totally different from each other. A billion people with $1000 income are a much different proposition to 50 million people with $20,000 income each.
Heart beat posting device lets your Twitter followers know you’re alive
It surely didn’t escape anyone’s attention Twitter is on track to becoming a mass phenomenon globally. The service is also growing nicely in Japan where it has been embraced by the geek community in particular (Japanese is the only alternative language Twitter is available in until today).
And today a small group of those Japanese geeks, members of the so-called Koress Project, have announced the development of the Akiduki Pulse box, a device that automatically posts your heart rate to Twitter [JP].