Thanko (Japan) Zero Gravity Armchair


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Calling all fans of Interstellar! Can’t get enough of Christopher Nolan? Get yourself this Zero Gravity Armchair from Japanese gadget and technology fiends Thanko and pretend that you’re in space. This large rocking chair even comes with a smartphone stand so you can watch Interstellar at the same time, too.

Join us after the jump for a closer look at this gravity-defying modern-day throne!

If you are willing to fork out 39,990 yen (US$334), this futuristic armchair could be yours. Despite its name, this isn’t a floating armchair; ‘zero gravity’ comes from the resting position that the user adopts when sitting in the chair, whereby the upper and lower body are at an angle of about 126 degrees. This position is said to induce the least amount of stress on the human body, hence the reason we see astronauts lying back like this when rockets launch – just like in Interstellar!


It’s more than just a really comfortable rocking chair, though. The Zero gravity Armchair comes with a smartphone/tablet holder that allows you to watch your favorite shows or browse the web without having to hold on to anything, hence maintaining the stress-free position. There are three differently sized-holders to pick from so you don’t have to worry about watching anime on your tablet and reading the news on your phone. Furthermore, there is even a USB charger built into the chair so that you can charge while rocking away!


Oh, and guess what? It’s even easy to store when you decide that you’re done enjoying your ‘Zero Gravity’ for the day. Despite its size, this armchair can be folded up from 73 x 65 x 140 cm to just 73 x 46 x 94 cm for storage. At 24 kg (52lbs), it might be a slightly bulky addition to your room, but when a chair looks this comfortable, size doesn’t matter, does it?




▼ Sadly, the chair does not rotate on its own like in the GIF image below



A Japanese thumb extender for reaching the entire screen of larger smartphones


The Japanese company Thanko has created a thumb extender for reaching the entire screen of larger smartphones like the new iPhone 6 Plus or the Galaxy Note line.

The thumb extender is a thumb-shaped stylus worn on the user’s thumb to extend their reach across the phone. The above video by Thanko shows the thumb extender in action.


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Japanese tradition and technology combine to beat the heat with USB uchiwa


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One of the essential items for getting through Japan’s hot and humid summer is an uchiwa, or paper fan. With its large surface area and long handle, you can work up more of a breeze with an uchiwa than a dainty folding fan.

Unfortunately, you might work up a bit of a sweat as you furiously fan yourself, which kind of negates the whole purpose of using a fan to begin with. Thankfully, there’s now a way to get around all that manual labor with a USB-powered uchiwa.

The fan itself in manufacturer Thanko’s USB uchiwa kit is nothing special. What justifies its 3,980-yen (US$39) price tag, though, is the apparatus it’s attached to.


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Simply plug the contraption into your USB port, and sit back to enjoy a nice, relaxing breeze.

There are two speed settings, with the stronger capable of producing some pretty impressive gusts. The range of the fanning motion can also be adjusted, as can the height the fan stands at.

There are a couple downsides to this technological luxury, though. First, while we’re sure the wind it produces feels soothing to your skin and soul, when the machine is in motion, it’s a little on the loud side.


▼ This woman must be one heavy sleeper.

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Second, the kit doesn’t come pre-assembled.

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This isn’t such a big problem, though, as the manufacturer has posted an instructional video that walks you through the steps.

As long as those two sticking points don’t bother you, you can place your pre-order for the USB uchiwa kit right here. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who wants a touch of traditional Japanese culture, doesn’t like the chilled air spat out by air conditioning units, or just wants to remind the machines that they’re still subservient to their human masters.


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Japanese tradition and technology combine to beat the heat with USB uchiwa