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SEMICON Japan

Most of us don't think too much about the inside of our personal devices. But where would we be without the engineering that makes each of them tick? Join reporter Brian Hughes "On Site" for a visit to "Semicon Japan" as we take a closer look at the elements at the heart of the electronics we use in almost every aspect of our lives.

SEMICON Japan

Schedule: Dec. 13 - 15, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

It's been said that bigger is better, but the devices we rely on like our smartphones, as well as cutting edge AI systems and the IoT rely heavily on semiconductors. So, perhaps it's better to say that big things come in small packages. That's certainly the case at "Semicon Japan," an exhibition all about developments that are vital for all kinds of modern devices. IoT essentials like low-power modules and wireless transceivers, AI necessities like image processing systems, and wearable sensors; we'll look at some of the ongoing developments in these areas, and focus on their potential future applications. Highlights include low-power wide-area networking solutions from some big names in communication, a tiny image processor with big potential for AI and more, a piezoelectric tactile sensor system, an IoT makeover for analog gauges, and the latest in "smart" contact lenses.

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  • SEMICON Japan
  • SEMICON Japan
  • SEMICON Japan
  • SEMICON Japan
  • SEMICON Japan

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation.
4-14-1 Asahi-cho, Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture 243-0014 JAPAN

- NTT DOCOMO, INC.
Sanno Park Tower 11-1, Nagata-cho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6150 JAPAN

- Architek Corporation.
1-1-7-303 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 550-0014 JAPAN

- Robosensor Technology Research, Inc.
1064-10 Mikatahara-cho, Kita-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture 433-8105 JAPAN

- Kobata Gauge Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
5-8-6 Minamiokajima, Taisho-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 551-0021 JAPAN

- Universal View Co., Ltd.
1-7-11 Hirakawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 JAPAN

All There's to Know on Wherever You Go

Technology is making it easier to visit foreign countries. There are now all kinds of apps to help you with navigation, reservations, and even translation. In this installment of "App for That," reporter Akira Daniel Duncan will bring you a look at a new app developed for an area of old-town Tokyo waiting to be discovered.

All There's to Know on Wherever You Go

Kokosil was created to be a comprehensive platform offering content on not only sightseeing activities, but also public services as well. The brainchild of developer UC Technology, it was co-developed with the government of Tokyo's Katsushika Ward. Resident services include information on things like trash collection and other public services. The sightseeing side of things includes modern and historical information as well as preprogrammed walking tours that feature among other things famous local characters from the world of entertainment. The app was built to be multilingual from the start, supporting Japanese, Korean, English and both simplified and traditional Chinese. It also includes AR functionality to add even more fun to your visit. And as time goes by, there are plans to make the service even better through usage data and the latest in AI technology.

  • All There's to Know on Wherever You Go
  • All There's to Know on Wherever You Go
  • All There's to Know on Wherever You Go
  • All There's to Know on Wherever You Go
  • All There's to Know on Wherever You Go
  • All There's to Know on Wherever You Go

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Ubiquitous Computing Technology Corporation.
SEIJITSU BLD-1, 9th Floor 2-12-3 Nishi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0031 JAPAN

- Katsushika City Office.
5-13-1 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo 124-8555 JAPAN

Old Carpeting Given New Life

Because of the combination of varied materials like fibers and rubber, carpet has traditionally been considered very difficult to recycle. However, there's one Japanese company that has come up with a very effective solution for getting new life from old carpet. Find out the secret to their success in this edition of our "Special Report."

Most old carpets actually end up in landfills because it's so difficult and costly to separate the materials and recycle them. But Tokyo firm Refinverse has come up with a much more environmentally friendly and potentially profitable solution. Company president Akira Ochi says it's like they've "discovered an oilfield in Tokyo." The company's technology helps to separate the carpet fibers from their PVC backing, and then returns them to a usable state through further proprietary processing techniques. The company has now become known as Japan's only "materials maker" that produces refined forms of PVC and nylon from used carpets, and sells them at low prices. They're also considering moving into overseas markets as they further expand operations. Indeed, if it is possible to recycle all office carpets as petroleum resources, perhaps it is comparable to having a small oilfield.

  • Old Carpeting Given New Life
  • Old Carpeting Given New Life
  • Old Carpeting Given New Life
  • Old Carpeting Given New Life
  • Old Carpeting Given New Life
  • Old Carpeting Given New Life
  • Old Carpeting Given New Life
  • Old Carpeting Given New Life

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Refinverse, Inc.
3-10-1 Nihonbashi Ningyo-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0013 JAPAN

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