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January 23, 2010

Potechi Hand — Revolutionary potato chip gripper brings precision Japanese engineering to the junk food arena

Finally, an end to the problem of the greasy keyboard.


Japan's Takara Tomy, the manufacturer, has engineered this device to the hilt, seamlessly integrating its revolutionary NBCS (No Broken Clutch System), NTTS (No Touch Table System) and FECS (Finger Easy Cleaning System) into a smoothly operating mechanism.


According to InventorSpot,


"NCBS ensures that the pressure-sensitive clutch mechanism inside the Potechi Hand gently grips any chip without breaking it. NTTS refers to the design that keeps the 'fingers' from touching the table or desktop."


"Last and not least, FECS rubs the device's fingertips together in a mild circular motion, thus shaking off any loose, clingy crumbs."


A snip at ¥699 ($7.75).


Alas, Amazon won't ship it outside Japan.

[via laslentejas, GIGAZINE and newlaunches]


Note added Sunday, January 24, 2010

An Easter Egg of sorts is the name of the device, to wit: "Potechi" is one of those wonderful Japanese neologisms created by taking the English words  — "potato chip" — and then cramming them into Japanese syllables, in this case "po-te-chi."

Other examples: "doraggu" = drugs; nyuu takkusu = new tax; gaaden sumoka = garden smoker.


FunFact: "... the penchant for the Japanese to borrow and adapt English words appears to be picking up pace. The latest edition of a dictionary of these words includes 43,000 entries, along with an additional 7,000 acronyms, and that is already far behind the times."

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WIG? She's from the Northern part of Japan, way North!

And yes I think it's cute (from an advertiser's point of view), NOT as a normal person.

Common, look at the "NBCS", "NTTS" part of the background, all hype on known acronym's, just be happy they didn't illustrate "it" a tad more phallic looking.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Jan 23, 2010 6:35:14 PM

Miles, there's prolly a whole lotta men out there think that wig's real cute on her. (Yeah, she needs to get a better wig AND to put that damn re-thought self-gratification device down and dive right into several bags of chips, pronto.)

Index finger and thumb chip-edge-grip works like a charm - no greaseage, no breakage. Just takes a little practice and a light touch. And if you're using a tube chip, get Stax instead of Pringle's; Stax are sturdier.

Posted by: Flautist | Jan 23, 2010 1:10:38 PM

What? They couldn't find a better wig for that poor girl?

Posted by: Milena | Jan 23, 2010 12:05:03 PM

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