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18 pound device: Japan unveils wearable tomato machine for runners

18 pound device: Japan unveils wearable tomato machine for runners

TOKYO: After Google Glass, Apple Watch, Japan has unveiled a wearable device for marathon participants.

The “Tomatan” is a backpack that can be loaded with six mid-sized tomatoes, enough, say the makers, to power runners. “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 dispensing shoot. The arms then rotate the fruit over the runner’s head and hold it in front of his mouth.

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“We used about 100 tomatoes to complete this machine,” said Novmichi 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 five-kilometre (three-mile) fun-run 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.

The “Petit-Tomatan” has a delivery tube attached to a mini-tomato holster worn on the runner’s back, and even a timer that prevents the user from over-indulging and depleting their supply too quickly.