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Feb. 23, Sat.

NEPCON JAPAN 2019

NEPCON Japan is a world-class tradeshow that focuses on what goes into making the electronics that are so important to our lives. It's a reminder that there's a whole industry devoted to the creation of other products. Tag along with Daniel Duncan "On Site" for a behind-the-scenes look at the technology that creates our technology.

Schedule: Schedule: Jan. 15 - 19, 2019
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

One of the largest trade fairs of its kind in Asia, this year NEPCON gathered over 2,500 firms showing the latest technologies and equipment for electronic manufacturing. The event actually consists of seven shows, including everything from packaging technology to LEDs and laser diodes. Highlights from our coverage include an amazingly fast optical system for counting small components that works with image recognition, a hybrid confocal scanning microscope that uses white light and a laser light source, a high definition micro focus CT scanner for internal inspections on components used in manufacturing, a system that performs three-dimensional optical inspections, tabletop robots with high-precision coating application capabilities, a super rapid automatic dual-end seal insertion and crimping machine, and a booth that lets you try your hand at soldering.

  • NEPCON JAPAN 2019
  • NEPCON JAPAN 2019
  • NEPCON JAPAN 2019
  • NEPCON JAPAN 2019
  • NEPCON JAPAN 2019
  • NEPCON JAPAN 2019

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.

- Tokyo Electron Device Ltd.
1-4 Kinko-cho, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 221-0056 JAPAN

- Lasertec Corporation.
2-10-1 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 222-8552 JAPAN

- Toshiba IT & Control System Corporation.
6-24-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023 JAPAN

- Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
127 Toyooka, Kita-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture 433-8103 JAPAN

- SAN-EI TECH Ltd.
7-1-15 Kashiwa, Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture 277-0005 JAPAN

- Japan Automatic Machine Co., Ltd.
3-7-80 Tarumachi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 222-0001 JAPAN

- Taiyo Electric Ind. Co., Ltd.
2-16-8 Yamate, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture 720-0092 JAPAN

An Interactive Piece of Wood

As useful as they are, devices like smartphones - with the large amount of information displayed on-screen and the speed at which they operate - can also be difficult to handle for some. In this "Gadgets" segment, we look at a new smart device for your home with a decidedly more leisurely and natural feel.

"Mui" is a new kind of computer that's essentially a wooden board. Touch its surface, and text and icons light up, showing information on the weather and the current date. You can also use it to adjust a room's lights and air conditioning. It also responds to voice commands using text. Working with the Android OS, mui consists of a single board computer, an LED display and an array of sensors. Mui Lab, the startup business that created the device, intended it to be used as a terminal connected to the web providing a variety of information, and to blend into a living space when not interacted with. They paid particular attention on how the light comes on an off slowly and gradually so that it looks more natural as it shines through the wood. In preparation for release onto the B-to-B market, mui Lab have made available a developers' kit to help the creation of applications for mui.

  • An Interactive Piece of Wood
  • An Interactive Piece of Wood
  • An Interactive Piece of Wood
  • An Interactive Piece of Wood
  • An Interactive Piece of Wood
  • An Interactive Piece of Wood
  • An Interactive Piece of Wood
  • An Interactive Piece of Wood

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.

- Nissha Printing Communications, Inc.
3 Mibu, Hanai-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8551 JAPAN

Add Spring to Your Pedaling

Cycling is a great way to get around Japan. On our "Special Report" we feature a new bicycle gear that's the brainchild of a local inventor and is now gaining speed. Reporter Lemi Duncan visits a bicycle store to learn the secret behind this unique yet simple idea that could be great news for anyone who rides a bike.

A company named Free Power developed a bicycle gear that has no battery or motor, yet makes riding easier. It has five circular silicone pieces inside. When the bicycle's pedal is pressed downward, the pieces of silicone are compressed, and as they recover, part of the repulsive force is used to help push the gear - and in turn the bicycle - forward. The gear was invented by Yoichiro Hamamoto, the president of Free Power who apparently conceived the new gear during a solo bike ride. To obtain a patent, he painstakingly collected data for over ten years and then held experiments at different universities. The gear can be adapted to most bicycles. There are three silicone hardness levels and a variety of sizes and colors for different bicycle frame types. Offering a smoother ride and a little boost to help tackle slopes, the gear is meant for average cyclists, especially those with weaker legs.

  • Add Spring to Your Pedaling
  • Add Spring to Your Pedaling
  • Add Spring to Your Pedaling
  • Add Spring to Your Pedaling
  • Add Spring to Your Pedaling
  • Add Spring to Your Pedaling
  • Add Spring to Your Pedaling
  • Add Spring to Your Pedaling

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.

- Free Power
3172-2 Soshimae, Yoshimura-cho, Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture 880-0841 JAPAN

- Olympic Group Corporation.
4-12-1 Honcho, Kokubunji City, Tokyo 185-0012 JAPAN

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