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Automotive Engineering Exposition

Unlike most car-related exhibitions, Automotive Engineering Expo is a tech-centric event that's not so much about the vehicles themselves as how people can interact with them. Hop on board with reporter Brian Hughes to get a real feel for the fundamental changes the auto industry is undergoing in our "On Site" segment.

Schedule: May 23 - 25, 2018
Location: PACIFICO Yokohama

The Japanese automobile industry leads in applied AI technology, parts for EVs, automatic driving related technology, high tech safety measures, and systems aimed to make life easier for the elderly and disabled. All of those things and more were featured at Automotive Engineering Expo, which is mainly aimed at engineers and other industry insiders, providing them with opportunities to share ideas. Highlights from this year's coverage included the latest self-parking system from a major automaker, a stereo vision system for use in sensing system research, a miniaturized safety sensor package to help vehicles see, a groundbreaking CVT unit that can run in an electric-only mode, a docking system to easily lock a wheelchair in place inside a vehicle, a new motorcycle concept with built-in AI that looks like it's straight out of a sci-fi film, and a prototype for a flying car!

  • Automotive Engineering Exposition
  • Automotive Engineering Exposition
  • Automotive Engineering Exposition
  • Automotive Engineering Exposition
  • Automotive Engineering Exposition
  • Automotive Engineering Exposition
  • Automotive Engineering Exposition

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.

- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
2 Takara-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 220-8623 JAPAN

- ZMP Inc.
5-41-10 Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0002 JAPAN

- Denso Corporation.
1-1 Showamachi, Kariya City, Aichi Prefecture 448-8661 JAPAN

- JATCO Ltd.
700-1 Imaizumi, Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture 417-0001 JAPAN

- Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd.
100 Kanayama, Ichiriyama-cho, Kariya City, Aichi Prefecture 448-8666 JAPAN

- Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
2500 Shingai, Iwata-City, Shizuoka Prefecture 438-8501 JAPAN

A Deluxe Figure You Put Together

In Japan, collectible figurines and plastic model kits of anime characters are extremely popular. For this installment of "Gadgets," we look at new figure that's marketed not towards children, but adults. Made through state-of-the-art technology, it will surprise even the biggest plastic model buffs.

Model kit manufacturer Bandai's latest project, Figure-rise LABO, is aimed at improving design and manufacturing techniques to research new aesthetic expressions for plastic models. Traditionally, it was most common to build and paint models yourself, but Bandai's first release for their new line is a high-end collectible figure even beginners can put together by simply assembling pre-colored parts. Through a patented technology called "layered injection," they overlap components of different colors, varying the thickness of the material to use its transparency and create an effect that looks like it was painted. This technique makes it possible to express all the delicate skin tones of the figure just by adjusting the way the molded colors are layered. In the future as the project continues to evolve, perhaps its lineup will eventually expand beyond collectible anime figures.

  • A Deluxe Figure You Put Together
  • A Deluxe Figure You Put Together
  • A Deluxe Figure You Put Together
  • A Deluxe Figure You Put Together
  • A Deluxe Figure You Put Together
  • A Deluxe Figure You Put Together
  • A Deluxe Figure You Put Together
  • A Deluxe Figure You Put Together

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.

- Bandai Co., Ltd.
1-4-8 Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-8081 JAPAN

A Blurring the Line Between Art and Design

For our "+Style," we'll visit two designers in Tokyo who work together to create some truly surprising interior designs. One of them has a background in product design while the other specializes in spatial design. Join Lemi Duncan to find out why their quirky products appeal to a wide variety of people.

"YOY" is a design team based in Tokyo but active in an out of Japan formed by Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto. The name "YOY" comes from the combination of some of their initials, but it also sounds like the Japanese word for "good." Under their main concept of "design between space and objects," they create furniture, lighting and many other interior accessories. Combining artistic sense and practicality, their work has given birth to many unique items, such as flat pictures of chairs you can actually sit on and a lamp that makes it look like the wall is peeling off. Many of their customers are regular folk, but they receive a lot of inquiries from businesses like restaurants and hotels as well. Their products have won several awards, both locally and internationally,

  • A Blurring the Line Between Art and Design
  • A Blurring the Line Between Art and Design
  • A Blurring the Line Between Art and Design
  • A Blurring the Line Between Art and Design
  • A Blurring the Line Between Art and Design
  • A Blurring the Line Between Art and Design
  • A Blurring the Line Between Art and Design
  • A Blurring the Line Between Art and Design

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.

- Design Studio YOY.
http://yoy-idea.jp/jp/contact/

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