You can rely on the Japanese to create gadgets that amaze and enthrall. Puchi Puchi is the latest creation from Bandai, the Japanese toy manufacturers and could be considered either a kid’s toy or an executive stress relieving toy. Whatever you consider it to be, you have to concede to its sheer brilliance.
Puchi Puchi is the term that the Japanese use to describe the noise that bubble popping makes and each Puchi Puchi has 8 buttons that closely resemble bubble wrap packaging. By pressing one of the buttons, it simulates the noise and action of popping the bubble but without ever having to destroy any plastic – a limitless virtual supply of bubble wrapping!!!
To say that Puchi Puchi has caused a stir would be a major understatement. They were first released in Japan in September 2007 selling an astonishing 1 million units within the first 48 hours of being released. Since combing to Europe, they have gained the adulation of celebrities like Jonathan Ross.
At just £6 each they’re a damn site cheaper than buying new electrical goods just to get the bubble wrap and they’re available in three colours – clear, blue, and pink. Oh, and the Puchi Puchi rewards regular users by playing a surprise sound when you’ve pressed it several times (a doorbell is the only one I know of).