See-Thru Pikachu!

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Edited By Ryan  Staff
It's like playing Pokémon Snap with your internal organs!
It's like playing Pokémon Snap with your internal organs!
It's a simple fact of marketing that you can sell anything to a child if you slap one of their beloved characters on it, be it Spongebob, Dora the Explorer, or George Plimpton. Not to slight the video games, but this philosophy of aggressive licensing has largely been the driving force behind the unstoppable Pokémon franchise which, if you can believe this, has been going nonstop for 13 straight years now. No longer satisfied with TV shows, movies, collectible card games, plush dolls, bed sheets, school supplies, instant ramen, perfumes, and toothbrushes, Pokémon have finally cracked the wildly competitive and lucrative... mobile x-ray machine market? As if your kids weren't already pestering you enough about getting that mobile x-ray machine!

OK, so maybe the Pokémon x-ray machine isn't as insane as it might sound. The idea is that patients are easier to treat when they're relaxed, and kids will chill out when they see Chimchar and Piplup and Pikachu and all the other recognizable Pokémon on the machine that will bombard their tiny bodies with invisible radiation. Check out manufacturer Shimadzu's website for more details, provided you can read Japanese.
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#1  Edited By Ryan  Staff
It's like playing Pokémon Snap with your internal organs!
It's like playing Pokémon Snap with your internal organs!
It's a simple fact of marketing that you can sell anything to a child if you slap one of their beloved characters on it, be it Spongebob, Dora the Explorer, or George Plimpton. Not to slight the video games, but this philosophy of aggressive licensing has largely been the driving force behind the unstoppable Pokémon franchise which, if you can believe this, has been going nonstop for 13 straight years now. No longer satisfied with TV shows, movies, collectible card games, plush dolls, bed sheets, school supplies, instant ramen, perfumes, and toothbrushes, Pokémon have finally cracked the wildly competitive and lucrative... mobile x-ray machine market? As if your kids weren't already pestering you enough about getting that mobile x-ray machine!

OK, so maybe the Pokémon x-ray machine isn't as insane as it might sound. The idea is that patients are easier to treat when they're relaxed, and kids will chill out when they see Chimchar and Piplup and Pikachu and all the other recognizable Pokémon on the machine that will bombard their tiny bodies with invisible radiation. Check out manufacturer Shimadzu's website for more details, provided you can read Japanese.
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#2  Edited By MetalGearSunny

Wha-

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#3  Edited By Osaladin

If anyone was going to see inside of me, I would prefer it to be Pikachu.

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#4  Edited By teptom

Where's Squirtle?

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#5  Edited By Hamz

Not as far fetched as you think. Here in the UK a lot of famous cartoon characters are plastered all over hospital equipment. Tigger and Winnie the Poo being prime examples.

But jesus, 13 years and Pokemon is still going strong? God damn thats like...an entire generation of kids and their younger siblings all brought up on the sound of "pika....PIKA....PIKACHUUUUU!"

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#6  Edited By Drebin_893
Ryan said:
 As if your kids weren't already pestering you enough about getting that mobile x-ray machine
"

This article is over.
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#7  Edited By YellowChu

This is a horrible perversity of the medical world.

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#8  Edited By Nasar7
Don't worry this is nothing, the 'medical world' is already horribly perverse.
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#9  Edited By Ineedaname

If it had a Dragonite on the side I'd use it.

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#10  Edited By zityz

Odd. It's amazing how something like that is still going Strong, I was 12 when pokemon first came out, I never cared for it back then and I still don't care for it now.

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#11  Edited By LiquidPrince

I'm still shocked at how long Pokemon has remained popular.

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#12  Edited By AndrewB

Wait... Ryan, you actually know the names of some Pokemon? That surprises me. Is anyone around the Giant Bomb offices a Pokemon Gameboy/DS RPG nut?

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#13  Edited By StarFoxA

Ah crap, now I'm reminded of how I need my Pokémon fix. Hopefully Platinum will satisfy that.

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#14  Edited By LiquidPrince
AndrewB said:
"Wait... Ryan, you actually know the names of some Pokemon? That surprises me. Is anyone around the Giant Bomb offices a Pokemon Gameboy/DS RPG nut?"
Who isn't is the better question.
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#15  Edited By Scooper
Hamz said:
"Not as far fetched as you think. Here in the UK a lot of famous.....
Best pokémon.
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#16  Edited By Hamz
Scooper said:
"Hamz said:
"Not as far fetched as you think. Here in the UK a lot of famous.....
Best pokémon."
Thank god someone picked up on that, genuinely wondered would anyone get it XD

Kudos to you Sir!
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#18  Edited By AURON570

looks like an expensive stroller. cool.

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#19  Edited By Video_Game_King

Logic behind this: kids won't be as scared of medical equipment if you slap a bunch of bright colors and cute mascots on it.

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#20  Edited By KinjiroSSD

I also feel better when Mr. Intellivision visits me.

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ryan davis you know i cant read japanese

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#22  Edited By deadmonkeys

Needs... Needs more Mudkips.

I'm sorry :(
(Hangs head in shame)

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#23  Edited By thirteenyahs

Lung cancer! I choose you!

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#24  Edited By dsplayer1010

Wow haha.

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#26  Edited By stephengotlost

I use Pokemon blankets :3

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#27  Edited By Linkyshinks

It's true, you can sell anything Pokemon related, especially to the Japanese. The sleeping Pikachu Festival is a prime example of this. The Pokemon Center in Tokyo sell a shit load of stuff simply because this Pika dude looks cute when sleeping....


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As far as this device is concerned, it is a good idea to have these in hospitals.




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#29  Edited By Donos

This doesn't surprise me much. Pikachu was already giving people off-the-books X-Ray services to support Ash's destructive catch-em-all habit. Gotta buy those pokeballs somehow.

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This is actually a good idea, hell if I were a kid and seen that, I'd break my leg just to go through it.

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#31  Edited By ratzombie

It's not that bad of an idea, I'm sure it looks a lot less menacing to children.

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#32  Edited By Xeiphyer

FUCK THIS! Wheres Squirtle?! Bullshit radiation machine. IM NOT RELAXED AT ALL

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#33  Edited By AspiringAndy

This thing would actually kinda work in children's hospitals.

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#34  Edited By ElectricHaggis

Why is Charizard not on there?  Are people not relaxed by a fire(or radiation in this case) breathing dragon?

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#35  Edited By Aaron_G

Wow, we seriously do live in a day and age of marketing the crap out of everything no matter what you put it on. 

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#36  Edited By TaintedSun

I've been out of the Pokemon loop for so long, I don't even know what a Chimchar and Piplup are. No matter.

An interesting product though. Consider that, for an adult, this would have the opposite effect. In fact, now that I think about it, if I was a parent and I saw my child being radiated with that Pokemon machine, I probably wouldn't feel too comfortable. Yeah, my kid's happy, he's in a Pokemon machine! But me, I'd just be getting more and more unsettled by how I really never did catch 'em all.

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#37  Edited By penguindust

My proctologist needs one of these.  Everything about that place is uncomfortable, but seeing Pikachu's smiling face can make any invasive exam seem less traumatic.

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#38  Edited By RHCPfan24

Hahahaha, it is Pokemon Snap with your internal organs! Seriously, though, there is logic that will actually work behind this, even if the idea of having an X-Ray isn't cool enough for some kids (I find it sort of sweet).

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#39  Edited By dethfish

I love pokemon but, what?!

Do you think they'd let people above the age of 18 use it?

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#40  Edited By Media_Master

....ok....

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#41  Edited By damnboyadvance

Yes, because Pokemon always help kids relax, knowing they'll be shocked, burned, and they'll get cancer.