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Tech in Asia is an online technology news startup based in Asia, with team members all across the region. As a crew of journalists and bloggers with a passion for new ways of delivering the news, we’ve bonded together under one goal – to create a great Asia-focused tech news site to tell the world about the wonderful things that are happening here. Subscribe to our daily newsletter.
  • Meet Wing Up, a game that takes cues from Flappy Bird and Nintendo

    There have been hundreds of Flappy Bird clones out there ever since the simple game topped the charts across the world. Although there’s been some innovation on the original concept from Dong Nguyen’s dotGEARS with games like Mr. Flap or Freaking Math, most games have stuck to the original “creature goes through pipes” gameplay. And after the craze of 2048, some devs have even attempted to combine the two smash hits. But new games are still coming out of Vietnam. Games like School Cheater, 1Path, Chien Binh, Sky Garden, and more indicate that Vietnam has a vibrant gaming community....

  • So… South Korea just made an electric car that folds in half

    The engineers over at the Graduate School for Green Transportation at KAIST, in South Korea, have just come out with a foldable electric car. The car, titled the Armadillo-T, is a two-seater that folds up after the driver and passenger leave the vehicle, which makes it a good space saver on Asia’s crowded city streets. Some folks online have pointed out that it doesn’t make sense to fold the car after parking it...

  • Shrink your kid with Fotofig’s 3D printing service

    3D printing is not yet an everyday mundanity, so there are many ways in which it’s still a great novelty. Japanese startup Fotofig has recognized this and is creating mini figures of people using only photos as a source. It’s a fun way to see you or the kids shrunk to about the size of a paperback book. There’s no specific app for this, as you only need to send in a bunch of photos of the person/pet you want to shrink into figurine form to Fotofig. And then pay up. The service is not cheap, costing about US$400 for...

  • Meet Whill the e-wheelchair

    While everyone’s talking about Tesla and Terra, there are plenty of other teams working on electric vehicles. One such group of innovators is Japan’s Whill, who make an e-wheelchair that promises to be the next big thing in personal mobility. Whill has created some working prototypes — one of which attaches itself to conventional wheelchairs to transform them into electric powered machines. It’s other prototype, the Type-A, isn’t geared towards those with a serious physical disability, but the startup is marketing it as a personal mobility vehicle for the elderly and people with walking problems, and is now building towards...

  • Real life Minority Report: gesture-based device IMotion eyes KickStarter glory

    Remember the movie Minority Report back in 2002, where Tom Cruise uses this futuristic controller to move things around the projector screen? This will be a reality later this year and it may be even better than the movie’s gizmo. In line with the recent trend to make futuristic gesture-based tech (like Leap Motion), Singapore-based Intellect Motion is launching a wireless motion gaming device called the IMotion that allows you to play multiplayer online games without using a mouse or keyboard. The device can be use for gaming, web browsing, and some apps. All you need is a standard web...

  • Nightspade turns your smartphone into a PC game controller

    Nightspade wants to turn your mobile phone and tablet into a game controller, and your computer into a gaming system. At Rock Star Dev 2013, the company pitched Fun Points, a prototype gaming platform that runs on PCs and laptops but is controlled exclusively using mobile devices that connect to the PC via wi-fi. In short, it’s kind of like a game console that uses only hardware you already own. Basically, you install a Fun Points game on your PC (when this eventually launches). You would also install a Fun Points app on your mobile phone that turns it into...

  • Japan plans for a new crazy fast supercomputer to predict tsunamis

    In news that is totally awesome, Japan’s science ministry has announced its plans to build a supercomputer by 2020 that is 100-times faster than Japan’s current most-powerful supercomputer, according to The Japan Times. The current title is held by a supercomputer called K, which is the third-fastest computer in the world, which gives you some idea of how ridiculously fast this new supercomputer will be. That is, assuming that the ministry can wrangle the money it needs for the project out of next-year’s budget. To give you some idea of the speed of these things, K is capable of ten...

  • China is considering revoking its ban on gaming consoles [report]

    My gaming fanatic colleague Charlie just sent me an email at midnight in his timezone (he’s in the US), so either it’s a drunken missive or it’s big news. Turns out it’s the latter: Chinese government sources have told the China Daily that “authorities are reviewing a decade-long ban on game consoles and considering the possibility of opening up the country’s video game hardware market.” Banned since 2000 on the grounds of “the potential harm” to children, gaming consoles like the PS3, PSP, Wii, and XBox have nonetheless long been available in China via the so-called gray import market (along with a...

  • Meet the ibeam: the tablet prototype you can control with your eyes

    It appears to be Docomo’s habit in recent years of teasing its latest new tech just ahead of Japan’s CEATEC conference, the country’s answer to CES. Among the projects the company showed off today in Tokyo was ibeam, a tablet prototype which uses an embedded eye-tracking function from Sweden-based Tobii. Docomo presented this as a user interface for a Fujitsu-made tablet today, and I was pretty pleasantly surprised with the results. Essentially the user just focuses their eyes on whatever item they wish to select on-screen, and the software recognizes this as user input. Some functions were demonstrated today, including an...