After Google Glass, Apple Watch, Japan offers wearable tomatoes

The "Tomatan" backpack can hold six mid-sized tomatoes, enough to power runners through this weekend's Tokyo Marathon,
The "Tomatan" backpack can hold six mid-sized tomatoes, enough to power runners through this weekend's Tokyo Marathon, according to its makers Kagome

As the world's electronic companies scramble to set the agenda for wearable devices, one Japanese vegetable juice maker went one better Thursday, unveiling a wearable tomato machine.

The "Tomatan" is a backpack that can be loaded with six mid-sized tomatoes, enough, say the makers, to power runners through this weekend's Tokyo Marathon.

"Tomatoes have lots of nutrition that combats fatigue," said Shigenori Suzuki of maker Kagome.

The Tomatan looks like a small humanoid robot—with a tomato for a head—and sits snugly on the athlete's shoulders.

Tugging a tiny lever in the foot moves the arms to catch a tomato from the shooter. It then rotates the fruit over the runner's head and holds it in front of his mouth.

"We used about 100 tomatoes to complete this machine," said Nomichi Tosa of creator Meiwa Denki, a company known for its off-the-wall devices and musical instruments.

"We focused mostly on its visual design."

Despite the eight-kilogramme (18 pound) weight, Kagome's Suzuki said he will don the device for a a five-kilometre (three-mile) fun-run event on Saturday.

"I will run by his side carrying my tools, just like an F1 mechanic," Tosa said.

In Sunday's full Tokyo Marathon, a runner from Kagome will participate with a lighter wearable tomato machine—the Petit-Tomatan—which weighs only about three kilogrammes, Suzuki said.

Kagome employee Shigenori Suzuki (L) wears the tomato dispenser, which was developed by Japanese artist Nobumichi Tosa (R)
Kagome employee Shigenori Suzuki (L) wears the tomato dispenser, which was developed by Japanese artist Nobumichi Tosa (R)

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Feb 21, 2015
Forget Smartwatches! How can you expect Every American to buy a Smartwatch?
Rather Try This; Almost Every American has a Pet Dog/Cat. So, Make a TABLET/Gadget that procuces various Animal sounds DEPENDING ON Which Button the Pet presses; Sound of the Animal could be that of its 'owner' itself, of the Animal's 'Colleague' Pet, of the Animal itself or a Squirrel scurrying in a Cage opposite to its! Even TO STOP the Blowing of Cold/Hot Air for that matter; The Pets live a boring life when their owners go out to work/school. The Cats are let off during that period. So, Not anymore.
Also, they can make a cage which dispenses small tiny pieces of foods of the Animal's liking, short-lived spray of Water etc. ; Moral of the Story: TEACH the Pet to PRESS THE BUTTON, if you can!

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