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Automotive Engineering EXPO

At the Automotive Engineering Exposition, you can find lots of companies that not only specialize in current automotive technology, but are already introducing next generation designs. Join reporter Brian Hughes for a behind-the-wheel and under-the-hood look at the latest car tech from Japan in this edition of our "On Site" report.

Schedule: May 25 - 27, 2016
Location: Pacifico Yokohama

Japan is a global leader in the auto industry. And the state-of-the-art technologies that help maintain this status extend beyond engines or body designs; coming from a variety of different fields. This year's Automotive Engineering Expo was joined by auto-industry-related companies from around the world; bringing together engineers and scientists, as well as members of the public. With its varied and interesting exhibits offering a glimpse into the future of driving, there was a great deal of great gear to be found. The show's major highlight was the latest hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, which featured an all new powertrain layout designed to make the system adaptable to almost any car design. We also found, the latest in CVTs, a very well designed seat to improve auto accessibility, a way to make sure cars are quiet, rebuilt components, driving assist tech, and more.

  • Automotive Engineering EXPO
  • Automotive Engineering EXPO
  • Automotive Engineering EXPO
  • Automotive Engineering EXPO
  • Automotive Engineering EXPO
  • Automotive Engineering EXPO

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.

- TAISEISHA, Ltd.
6F SHINTOMI MIHAMA Bldg., 1-15-3 Shintomi, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0041 JAPAN

- Honda R&D Co.,Ltd.
4630 Shimotakanezawa, Haga-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi Prefecture 321-3393 JAPAN

- JATCO Ltd
15F Attend on Tower, 2-8-12, Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 222-0033 JAPAN

- TOYOTA AUTO BODY CO.,LTD.
100 Kanayama, Ichiriyama-cho, Kariya City, Aichi Prefecture 448-8666 JAPAN

- KONISHIYASU Co.,Ltd.
6-3 Nihonbashihoncho 2-Chome, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-0023 JAPAN

- Nihon Onkyo Engineering Co., Ltd.
1-21-10 Midori, Sumida City, Tokyo 130-0021 JAPAN

- Shin-Etsu Denso Co., Ltd.
2656-210 Taira, Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture 398-0001 JAPAN

- DENSO CORPORATION
1-1 Showa-cho, Kariya City, Aichi Prefecture 448-8661 JAPAN

Check Your Form with Your Phone

There's a new app that helps professionals and amateurs alike with technology previously limited to high-end cameras and image processing systems. If you're into sports - extreme or otherwise – or any activity that involves speed and form, then you won't want to miss this "Gadgets" segment. Join Akira Daniel Duncan in motion.

Clipstro is a new app that allows a smartphone or tablet PC to shoot a moving subject by processing the footage by adding a series of residual images of the movement, commonly called strobe motion video. And there's no need to process the video on a computer. Splyza is the small start-up that developed the app. Company president, Hiroyuki Doi, a software engineer and sports lover, wanted to come up with something that would be useful for athletes. His team visited schools and sports facilities to talk with teachers and trainers about what functions would make the app most useful. And now they've even come out with a special version just for golf, in order to cope with the high speed of a club swing. Clipstro comes in 12 different languages so far and has great potential for use on SNS as well as in athletic training. And beyond that, it could even be used for motorsport, or just for the fun of it!

  • Check Your Form with Your Phone
  • Check Your Form with Your Phone
  • Check Your Form with Your Phone
  • Check Your Form with Your Phone
  • Check Your Form with Your Phone
  • Check Your Form with Your Phone
  • Check Your Form with Your Phone

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.

- SPLYZA Inc.
3-1-7 Wajiyama, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture 432-8003 JAPAN

- H.L.N.A Skate Park
7F Divercity Tokyo Plaza, 1-1-10 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064 JAPAN

Build with Laser at Home

When it comes to fabrication, the latest technology is more available to the general public now than ever before. And for this week's "Special Report," we'll visit a family-run business that's making it practical for almost anyone to own and operate their very own laser cutter; and even the cutter itself is DIY. Get ready to get creative!

Laser cutters are generally expensive and can cost anywhere between several thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. By fully utilizing open-source technology, and designing it to be self-assembled, a company called smartDIYs produced Fabool, a laser cutter that only costs about six hundred dollars. Based out of the family home of the entrepreneurs who developed it, the company is located in picturesque Yamanashi Prefecture. According to Makoto Arii, their COO and CMO, they were inspired to create their own laser cutter when they needed to cut acrylic to build 3-D printers. In developing the product, they also took advantage of crowd funding, to help promote this new market. The low price makes it accessible for a wide range of purposes: from personal hobbies to creator activities, prototype production, and so much more. It can even be used for decorating food!

  • Build with Laser at Home
  • Build with Laser at Home
  • Build with Laser at Home
  • Build with Laser at Home
  • Build with Laser at Home
  • Build with Laser at Home
  • Build with Laser at Home
  • Build with Laser at Home

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.

- SMART DIYs Inc.
1589-1 Ogasawara, Minami-Alps City, Yamanashi Prefecture 400-0306 JAPAN

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