Japanese Gadget Culture

This Japanese portable e-ink electronic type writer looks wonderful. I love the gadget culture in Japan. Or at least, what I perceive as a gadget culture. While the US and China are determined to graft as much on and into the smartphone as possible, Japan has a seemingly healthy industry of gadgets with discrete utilities. I remember every Japanese student in my classes at Sichuan University had an iPhone and still carried around little folding electronic dictionaries, with e-ink displays and a tiny keyboard.

And as I remove distractions from my phone and computer, I’m beginning to wonder if a future of devices with hard edges, discrete utility and use cases, is a more humane one.

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