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Jun. 22, Wed.

Techno-Frontier

For our "On Site" report, Akira Daniel Duncan pays a visit to Tecnho Frontier, an exhibition dedicated to cutting-edge technologies. You'll see all the latest tech, including drones - a field currently experiencing dramatic growth - and the Internet-of-Things, or IoT, which is likely to span the globe in the not-too-distant future.

Schedule: Apr. 20 - 22, 2016
Location: Makuhari Messe

This B2B focused exhibition emphasizes the development capabilities and ideas of Japanese electronic component manufacturers. Most of the demos are aimed at engineers, but many of them are also full of the playful energy such creative types are known for, making them just plain fun as well. Particular standouts at this year's show were the drones - recent developments having been spurred on by new Japanese civil-aviation law - including an agricultural model for dispersing fertilizer or pesticide, an all-weather model that can land and take off from the water, and even one that can capture other drones. We also found numerous developments in the Internet of things - enabling just about anything to connect and send useful data for analysis - like sensors to detect vibration, gather environmental data, and even detect changes in building slope. Truly the Techno Frontier!

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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.

- The Secretariat of TECHNO-FRONTIER
Sumitomo Corporation Takebashi Bldg, 14F 1-2-2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0003 JAPAN

- PRODRONE Co., Ltd.
Hirakawa-cho Daiichi Seimei Bldg, 1F 1-2-10 Hirakawa-cho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-0093 JAPAN

- Yokoyama Corporation : TEAD Department
1637-5 Egimachi, Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture 370-0046 JAPAN

- Murata Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
10-1 Higashikotari 1-chome, Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Prefecture 617-8555 JAPAN

- ALPS Electric Co., Ltd.
1-7 Yukigaya-otsukamachi, Ota City, Tokyo 145-8501 JAPAN

- KONISHIYASU Co.,Ltd.
Konishi Blds., 6-3 Nihonbashi Honcho 2Chome, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0023 JAPAN

- ROHM Co., Ltd.
21 Saiin Mizosaki-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto Prefecture 615-8585 JAPAN

- DAIHEN Corporation
2-1-11 Tagawa Yodogawa-ku, Osaka Prefecture 532-8512 JAPAN

Smoked Without a Fire

Smoked foods are a favorite worldwide, and have been gaining popularity by leaps and bounds here in Japan of late. Add to that the trend toward eating in rather than dining out and you have the ideal market for a new product from one of Japan's top home appliance makers. Get a delicious demonstration on this week's "Gadgets" segment.

Electronics giant, Panasonic, has just introduced "Kemuran-tei," a smoker and roaster that lets you easily smoke food at home without the worry of unpleasant smoke or smells filling up the kitchen. According to Sayaka Uchida, the product planner behind its development, they originally believed that making an indoor-use smoker would be too difficult, but were encouraged by the marketing department, who believed it to be a viable product. After much hard work, they came up with something that's quite impressive indeed. Using special wood chips, and the included tray designed especially for smoking, you can smoke meat, cheese or just about anything else. The unit - also designed for roasting fish - has a built-in fan and a special 14-layer catalytic filter that help to eliminate smoke and odors, so there's no need to go outside. Once the food is done, all that's left to do is enjoy!

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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.

- Panasonic Corporation
1006 Oaza Kadoma, Kadoma City, Osaka Prefecture 571-8501 JAPAN

A Supporting Chair You Can Wear

As most folks are aware, a surgeon's job is a very difficult one; requiring intense concentration. Long operations also require them to stand for hours at a time. In our "Special Report," Tomoko Hayakawa takes a look at an invention - created by a practicing surgeon - that could significantly reduce strain by allowing people to "sit" in a standing position.

The name "Archelis," is a contraction of the Japanese words arukeru isu, which mean "walking chair." But this product - developed by surgeon, Hiroshi Kawahara - looks more like a pair of bionic legs than a chair. Because of the need to stand for long periods of time during operations, he thought that it would be useful to have something that would enable standing in a semi-crouching positon. When wearing the device, all you have to do is slightly bend your knees and it locks in place; relieving strain on the legs as well as the lower back. Development began in 2014, with five prototypes built so far. This group effort, includes people from a number of different fields, such as engineering and medical equipment manufacturing. The actual assembly takes place at a specialized factory in Yokohama. The next step will be to test Archelis during actual surgical procedures.

  • A Supporting Chair You Can Wear
  • A Supporting Chair You Can Wear
  • A Supporting Chair You Can Wear
  • A Supporting Chair You Can Wear
  • A Supporting Chair You Can Wear
  • A Supporting Chair You Can Wear
  • A Supporting Chair You Can Wear
  • A Supporting Chair You Can Wear

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.

- NITTO co.,Ltd.
14-16 Torihama-cho, Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 236-0002 JAPAN

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