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Mar. 22, Wed.

Special Edition

We're so grateful to all of our viewers for tuning in each week! This time around, we have a special selection of some of the products and ideas recently featured on the show that got the best responses. We have all sorts of great gear to look back on, from the high-tech to the highly unusual. And if this is your first time tuning in to our show, then this is also a great way for you to get a taste of what we're all about here at "Great Gear!" We just know you're going to love it!

Tricks and Tech Make Prehistoric Fun:

Tricks and Tech Make Prehistoric Fun

A Japanese firm called ON-ART has produced... dinosaurs! The skin looks real, but the rough look is an illusion created through their expertise with trick art. Controlled from the inside by performers using some sophisticated - and secret - tech, the company produces an amazing show they hope to take on a worldwide tour.

* This segment was first aired on January 11, 2017. You can watch the full version of the video on our archives.

Tiny Worlds, Big Ideas:

Tiny Worlds, Big Ideas

Terada Mokei are paper models that feature astounding detail in very small packages. Architect Naoki Terada originally used such small figures for his architectural models. With scenes such as the moon landing, and delicate tableaus based on the Japanese aesthetic tradition, the line has garnered worldwide attention.

* This segment was first aired on November 30, 2016. You can watch the full version of the video on our archives.

From Smartphone to Film in Ten Second:

From Smartphone to Film in Ten Second

The Instax Share from Fuji Film can wirelessly print photos taken on a smartphone. Leveraging the company's expertise with instant film, it optically exposes digital images, giving users a permanent print of their digital photos. Many different colorful styles are available, ideal for the selfie and SNS generation.

* This segment was first aired on November 16, 2016.

Digitize Your Body in Half a Second:

Digitize Your Body in Half a Second

Spacevision, a venture company in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district, has come up with a 3-D body scanner. Made up of three posts, and operated by a tablet PC, it can generate a full 3-D model of your body in just half a second. Providing a digital record of all your measurements, it's ideal for shoppers and dieters alike!

* This segment was first aired on October 19, 2016. You can watch the full version of the video on our archives.

Check Your Form with Your Phone:

Check Your Form with Your Phone

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. Developed by athletes for athletes, it's meant to be a low-cost training aid to help you take your game to the next level.

* This segment was first aired on July 20, 2016.

Get Rid of Stains with Ultrasound:

Get Rid of Stains with Ultrasound

The Supersonic Washer is a compact cleaning device that uses ultrasonic waves. By rapidly oscillating water molecules, tiny vacuum bubbles form, and when they burst jets of liquid blast particles of dirt away. Created by electronics giant Sharp, it's also been ergonomically designed to make it easy to handle. Super clean!

* This segment was first aired on December 14, 2016.

A Small Floating Planet to Nurture and Cherish:

A Small Floating Planet to Nurture and Cherish

Air Bonsai is just what it sounds like: bonsai that float in midair. The concept isn't simply that these levitating miniature trees look cool, but rather that they serve as a metaphor for the Earth. Co-developed with bonsai masters, the aim is to help everyone to feel a deeper sense of the beauty and fragility of our home planet.

* This segment was first aired on September 14, 2016. You can watch the full version of the video on our archives.

Remote-Controlled Robot to the Rescue:

Remote-Controlled Robot to the Rescue

SAM is a "robot" that allows you to remotely control a large construction vehicle; faithfully reproducing the movements of a human operator thanks to the use of artificial muscles. It's meant to replace human operators in dangerous areas; particularly disaster zones, and the final aim is full autonomy. Never fear! SAM's here!

* This segment was first aired on January 25, 2017. You can watch the full version of the video on our archives.

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.

Tricks and Tech Make Prehistoric Fun:
- ON ART Inc.
1-12-501 Higashihoncho, Higashikurume City, Tokyo 203-0014 JAPAN

Tiny Worlds, Big Ideas:
- Terada mokei.
6-10-4 Nishikicho Tachikawa City, Tokyo 190-0022 JAPAN

From Smartphone to Film in Ten Seconds:
- Fujifilm Corporation.
9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0052 JAPAN

Digitize Your Body in Half a Second:
- Spacevision Inc.
7F Yamato Bldg., 3-8-12 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061 JAPAN

Check Your Form with Your Phone:
- 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

Get Rid of Stains with Ultrasound:
- Sharp Corporation.
1 Takumi-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture 590-8522 JAPAN

A Small Floating Planet to Nurture and Cherish:
- Hoshinchu Air Bonsai Garden.
1-6-2 Ikejiri, Setagaya City, Tokyo 154-0001 JAPAN

Remote Controlled Robot to the Rescue:
- KOWATECH Co., Ltd.
1-9-1 Nishi-Shimbashi, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0003 JAPAN

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