Cool Japanese tech toys
One of the perks of visiting Japan is checking out the mega, multi-floor electronics shops and finding fun products not available back home.
We loved this retro vintage TV from Doshisha, which looks like the TV sets we grew up with, but in fact is a 20-inch LCD set on four legs. Sure, there are buttons to turn it on and off and change the channels, but there's also 2 HDMI slots and a remote control.
The price tag at Yodobashi Camera in Osaka was listed at $500 —but the website for the company lists $900, plus $275 shipping. Even worse--gougers are asking $1700 on Amazon to buy it for US delivery. Wowza!
The Clova Friends smart speaker is the Line Corp.'s answer to Amazon Echo and Google Home, but with a twist. She's darn cute.
In Japan, everything is cute and character based. So Line pushed out the battery powered, bluetooth enabled speakers in the guise of the yellow chicken Sally and bear, whose name is Brown.
The speakers are small, compact, portable, and can do everything Alexa can do, like set your calendar, play music and wake you up, even read your horoscope. They sell for around $60, and if Line was willing to make a go of it, I think they'd sell a gazillion copies in the United States.