TechToys Video Podcast

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Toy Boy 2

More footage from the Tokyo Toy Show, featuring toy cats, dogs, dolphins, grand pianos and pigs (actually an inoshishi or boar, 2007 is year of the boar).

Set to the song "Shoes of a Beast" by Peter Toh, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.

This video also shows some product from Cube Works, a supplier to the TechToys online store.

If you want any of the products you see in the video as gifts for Christmas, check out the store or email and we will try to get it to you from Japan.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Enon, Emiew, Asimo & Trumpet Guy

Fujitsu's enon, Hitachi's EMIEW, Honda's ASIMO and the Toyota Partner Robot, set to "When The World Forgets Me" by Jesushairdo, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.

The Enon robot was displayed at CEATEC Japan in Chiba, while the other three robots were demonstrated at the FISITA World Automative Forum held in Yokohama October 23-26.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Tokyo Pride

Highlights from the Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Parade 2006, set to the song "Boy Seventeen" by Delphinium Blue, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network (

Around 3000 people participated in the parade, divided into 12 floats of around 250-300 people in each block, with many more spectators on the streets of Harajuku and Shibuya.

It rained on the day, but cleared up just in time, and everyone was very happy. It was fun.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Kawasaki Robot Battle

Robots battle it out at the Kawasaki Battle Robot Tournament, set to the music "Sorry Matt" by djDavidj, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network (

The 13th annual Kawasaki Battle Robot Tournament was held August 25-27 in Kawasaki City, and featured 32 teams of high school students, university students and employees competing with remote control battle robots.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Tokyo Toy Show Boy

First video from the recent Tokyo Toy Show, set to "Shine on Me" by Hellozero, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.

The Tokyo Toy Show was held at Tokyo Big Sight on July 13-16 and was open to the public that weekend.

The large Japanese toy companies Takara-Tomy, Bandai, SegaToys and Konami were out in force, as well as smaller Japanese toy companies and overseas companies. Plus an army of kids.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Robot Bingo

Watch highlights from a bingo battle between robots designed and constructed by students from universities in Tokyo, Nagano and other parts of Japan at the Japan Printed Circuits Association Expo.

Set to "Independence Day" by Jesta, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network (

The bingo battle tournament is in its second year at the JPCA Expo, and was very entertaining. I took about an hour of HD footage and had a lot of laughs watching the robots and their creators strut their stuff.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Paro the Seal

We meet Paro the Seal, the world's most therapeutic robot, at a TEPIA robot exhibition, set to the song "If You Love Her" by Zeeche, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network (

Paro (Personal Robot) is a "mental commitment robot for psychological enrichment" designed by Dr Takanori Shibata of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

You can meet Paro at the 18th TEPIA Exhibition (Most Advanced Technology Exhibition) until July 21 at the TEPIA Plaza in Aoyama, Tokyo (between the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium and Gaienmae Station).

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Linux World Japan

We have a look round a recent LinuxWorld event held in Tokyo and meet a blue penguin. Set to the song "Emo Girl" by Testosterone, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network (

The Japan version of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo was held at Tokyo Big Sight, May 31 - June 2, and featured a range of US and Japanese tech companies promoting Linux-based services, systems and applications.

If you like penguins, check out the sound-responsive walking penguin toys in the TechToys store ( Popular with both young kids and web developers.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

KHR-2HV Robot

A demonstration of the KHR-2HV Humanoid Robot, set to the song "This Is A Way" by Loveless, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network (

The KHR-2HV is the latest humanoid robot from iXs Research Corp (, released in Japan on May 26, 2006.

We went to visit the company near Yokohama last week and they gave us permission to use these clips and sell the robot through the TechToys store. Read more in store at

Update (June 19): The manufacturer has currently run out of stock due to the popularity of this product, but you can place orders for the next batch due around September, 2006 by emailing

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Rolling Along

A rolling wooden mouse wheel, big bubbles and weird white dancing creatures at Design Festa 23, held at Tokyo Big Sight May 20-21.

This video is set to the song "Perfect" by MiGGs, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network ( Check out their album "Insomnia" on iTunes or on their website at

Design Festa 23 had 6,000 exhibitors and was attended by around 51,000 people over the weekend. It is open to artists, designers and performers of all kinds. Register now for Design Festa 24, December 2-3, 2006 at

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Solar Eco Africa

A quick but kinda relaxing look at the latest solar powered toys in Japan, the Animal Planet African zebra, giraffe and elephant by TakaraTomy, set to the song "Johnny Clegg Medley" by Navi Redd, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network (

I first saw these at the Tokyo International Gift Show back in February (the next one is September 5-8 at Tokyo Big Sight) and have been waiting for them to come out. Their head, neck, tail and legs move, powered by a solar panel that works in both artificial and natural light.

Great gift or desk ornament, or just to relax with when you get stressed. If you want one or the set you can hunt for them and place an order at the TechToys Store (

Monday, May 08, 2006

Random Robots

Some leftover robot footage from the International Robot Exhibition held back in December last year, set to the song "Wrong Way Home" by Starewell, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network (

This video also features a short commercial from ITV (Independent TV) Video Podcasts, which looks at art, business and culture in the US' Pacific Northwest. Check them out at

If you would like to advertise your podcast, product or business at the start or end of the videos, contact us at

Monday, May 01, 2006

Silicon Soul Robots

This is the latest video from The Silicon Soul Show from Soho, New York City, featuring lots of robot footage, including some from TechToys.

It is cool seeing people mash up footage in different ways and sharing through Creative Commons. Subscribe to their show in iTunes or visit

If you have a video podcast or video blog you want to promote, send a promo, mashup or episode link to and if we like it we will mix it in a video or drop it in the feed.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Earth Day Tokyo 4

Fourth of four videos from Earth Day Tokyo, featuring jar harps, pigs, a tank, a rabbit, drums, dancing and the Sloth Club.

All these videos were taken on the new Sony HDR-HC3, one of the smallest 1080i HDV camcorders available in Japan (but compressed in low res).

Until recently I have just been using a still camera, so now I have a lot more zoom to play with. I just have to learn how to use it properly and edit better!

Earth Day Tokyo 3

Third video from Earth Day Tokyo.

We check out some bands playing and people enjoying the atmosphere.

Earth Day Tokyo was held near Yoyogi Park in between Shibuya and Harajuku on Saturday and Sunday April 23-24 2006.

Earth Day Tokyo 2

Earth Day Tokyo footage from Saturday, April 23 near Yoyogi Park.

Check out Bee Japan at They are doing a bike ride from the top to the bottom of Japan to raise awareness of environmental issues.

They are also raising money for Henoko to protect the dugong (like manatees) and coral reefs in Okinawa.

Earth Day Tokyo 1

First of many videos from Earth Day Tokyo, taken using the Sony HDR-HC3 High Def camcorder.

We were trying to find the Earth Day Tokyo event, but were looking in Yoyogi Park and got a bit lost. Found it eventually. It was a really cool, chilled out event.

This footage is mainly unedited, but if you like Japan and the environment, you might like it.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Kicking, Dancing, Chopping

A version of the ToinPhoenix Robot by students at the Toin University of Yokohama performs to the song "I hope" by Ether Hour at

This work and the music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike License.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Technical Show Yokohama

Wind power, hair-loss treatment and soccer robots at Technical Show Yokohama 2006, set to "Pretty Ugly" by 50FootWave.

The Technical Show is an annual event showcasing the best of Yokohama's many high tech universities and companies, such as Nissan, which has decided to relocate its head office to Yokohama in 2010 to take advantage of the infrastructure here.

This video and the song is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike License.

We have been working on a Flash-based online store the last month or so. You can check it out at if you want to help us test it out or suggest any products from Japan.

From now on any videos related to store products will use the store logo, while videos of tech events and expos will usually be Creative Commons and use the podcast logo.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Fish & Chips

A quick demo of the iFish, set to "Summertime" by Brother Love, courtesy of the Podshow Music Network.

The iFish from Sega Toys went on sale in Japan on Saturday, February 4. Like the iDog, it lights up, makes noises, responds to sound and touch, and can act as an iPod speaker.

I like its crazy spins and the design of its tail. I also think it moves better and has better sound quality than the original Japanese iDog.

"Summertime" is for all you guys back in New Zealand and other countries who are enjoying the beach and summer fun while the rest of us have to suffer in the snow.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Eco Cars

Third video from the Eco-Products Expo, this time focusing on some electric, hybrid, diesel and hydrogen powered "eco" cars, set to "Drive Away" by Matthew Ebel, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network (

The Expo was held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center, December 15-17.

Matthew Ebel is one of the more well known podsafe music artists. You can buy his album "Beer & Coffee" from his website at

Monday, January 09, 2006

Eco-Products Expo 2

Second video of exhibits from the Eco-Products Expo, and a puppy, set to the song "Standing On The Shoulders Of Love" by Dave McDaid. Thanks Dave!

The Expo was held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center, December 15-17.

Check out Dave's music at

Friday, January 06, 2006

Eco-Products Expo

First video from the Eco-Products Expo, held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center December 15-17.

Set to the song "In A Long Time" by 46bliss, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.

The expo was an interesting mix of big corporations, with their power-saving 65-inch LCD and Plasma TVs, oil-saving hybrid and hydrogen cars and water-saving washing machines, lined up alongside small NGOs and environmental groups, health-food eateries, organic food and goods producers, and a few oil companies thrown in for good measure.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Yokohama New Year

Happy New Year from Yokohama, Japan!

Watch the lights and fireworks as we countdown to the new year in the "City of Creative Experimentation" Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 (Future Port City).

And check out the song "Anne Bancroft Is Dead" by the Blue Vagrants, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.

Have a great 2006!


Friday, December 30, 2005

Classic Moments in Vlog

A mashup of some classic vlog moments in 2005, set to the song "Really Really Happy" by The Muffs, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.

These were some of the first video blogs I subscribed to back in April using FireANT and Juice (iPodder Lemon).,,, and

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2005

A TechToys Christmas

Thanks for subscribing to the TechToys Video Podcast this year!

See some highlights of me learning to do a vlog, set to the Podsafe For Peace song "What If Every Day Were Christmas", courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network (and lots of podsafe music artists).

I hope to bring you more videos of toys, gadgets, robots and technologies I see in Japan in 2006, as well as some more great podsafe music from the Podsafe Music Network.

But I want to watch your videos too! You can all do much better than me! Get vlogging over the holidays! Merry Christmas!

Xbox at Yodobashi

The Xbox 360 was launched in Japan last Saturday, so I went to the big new Yodobashi store in Yokohama to check it out.

Set to "Beggarstown" by Hollow Horse, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.

There were still some left by the time I got there but only six new games to buy! Nevermind. I've had a fun week!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

The Machines

Industrial robots and machines from the 2005 International Robot Exhibition, set to "Machinery" by Might Could, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.

These robots have been made to assemble, build, clean and polish, solder, cut, dance and demolish.

I want to see more robots that can build themselves and other robots and come up with their own things to do. So long as they all stay my friends and agree to star in my videos.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Robot Overload Part 2

More robots from the 2005 International Robot Exhibition held at the Tokyo Big Sight International Convention Center, November 30 to December 3.

Set to "Suicide Song" by Team Salt, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.

The Robot Exhibition is held every two years. Start making your own robot and book in now for 2007!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Robot Overload Part 1

Check out a few of the robots at the 2005 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo.

Set to the song "How Can I Be Sure?" by Douglas Kay, courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network.

The International Robot Exhibition is the largest of its kind in the world and features some of the leading robot developers on the planet.

So many robots, so little time ...