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Japan Robot Week

Robots can help us humans with difficult and dangerous tasks. They can also be friendly and fun! And many of them went to Japan Robot Week. The event focused on non-manufacturing service robots. And we sent reporter Brian Hughes to check out the latest in this industry of the future in this installment of "On Site."

Japan Robot Week

Schedule: Oct. 19 - 21, 2016
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Japan Robot Week is a great place to look at the work being done by business, academia, and independent inventors here in Japan to help bring more humanoid robots to life. Heading towards 2020, it looks like the next few years will bring significant investment, both public and private, in robot-related projects here in Japan. It's thanks to this climate that this exposition exists. Those who look beyond the standard manufacturing-use applications were on hand to share ideas and information. Highlights from this year's coverage include modular components for future robot systems, improved mechanical hand designs, multifunction insectoid robotic limbs, advances in stabilization and human recognition systems, ultra-compact vision systems, advanced communications software in cute robot form, and pair of legs that can help you to carry heavy objects with ease.

  • Japan Robot Week
  • Japan Robot Week
  • Japan Robot Week
  • Japan Robot Week
  • Japan Robot Week
  • Japan Robot Week
  • Japan Robot Week
  • Japan Robot Week

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.

- Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Ltd.
14-1, Nihombashi Koami-cho, Chuo City, Tokyo 103-8548 JAPAN

 

- THK CO., LTD.
3-11-6, Nishi-Gotanda, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 141-8503 JAPAN

 

- DOUBLE Research and Development Co.,LTD
920-7 Kurihara, Zama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 252-0013 JAPAN

 

- Osaka University - Arai Laboratory.
1-3 Machikaneyama-cho, Toyonaka City, Osaka Prefecture 560-8531 JAPAN

 

- KER Co., Ltd.
215 Yutakagaoka-cho, Toyokawa City, Aichi Prefecture 442-0808 JAPAN

 

- SPI Engineering Co., Ltd.
2592-5 Inaba-Minamimata, Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture 380-0917 JAPAN

 

- FUJI SOFT Incorporated.
1-1 Sakuragi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-8008 JAPAN

 

- Activelink Co., Ltd.
Sakyo 6-5-2, Nara City, Nara Prefecture 631-0801 JAPAN

 

- New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.
MUZA Kawasaki 19F, 1310 Omiya-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture 212-8554 JAPAN

A Pocket-Sized Washing Machine

In this week's "Gadgets" segment, we join intrepid stain fighter Tomoko Hayakawa for a look at a washing machine that is so small, it can fit into the palm of your hand. To be more exact, this hand-held device might not actually be able to replace your washing machine, but it will help get rid of tough stains with the power of sound.

>A Pocket-Sized Washing Machine

Electronics giant Sharp has come up with a new tool to help fight pesky stains. According to Kyoko Suzuki, supervisor of the company's health and environment systems division, about 80% of people pre-wash their clothes by hand to remove tough stains like dirt, mud, food stains and oil from the skin. In response, they wanted to develop something to make this tiresome chore quick and easy. The result was the Supersonic Washer, a compact cleaning device that uses ultrasonic waves. It works thanks to an effect called "cavitation." By rapidly oscillating water molecules, tiny vacuum bubbles form inside the liquid. The bubbles burst, and the resulting jets of liquid blast particles of dirt away. It's also been ergonomically designed to make it easy to handle. A rounded square cross section enables the device to be naturally held and pointed in the right direction. 

  • A Pocket-Sized Washing Machine
  • A Pocket-Sized Washing Machine
  • A Pocket-Sized Washing Machine
  • A Pocket-Sized Washing Machine
  • A Pocket-Sized Washing Machine
  • A Pocket-Sized Washing Machine
  • A Pocket-Sized Washing Machine
  • A Pocket-Sized Washing Machine

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.

- Sharp Corporation.
1 Takumi-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture 590-8522 JAPAN

Matching Designers with Manufacturers

Taking premade fixed elements and putting them together to suit your specific needs is a nice compromise between customization and mass production. That's modular design. But what about modular business? This "Special Report" features someone who brings designers and manufactures together to make modular magic!

Matching Designers with Manufacturers

Design matchmaking is a service devised by Mr. Shinya Sato that's provided by his company, Trinus. It's a system that brings manufacturers and designers together in a totally new way. They search for companies in Japan with unique technologies or materials, and match them with designers online. They also help in the creative process, aiding the matched partners in the development of new products. As an example of the way the process works, we looked at the Plant's Jewel series, a line of metal flower arrangement accessories. The pieces are manufactured by Sanko Seisaku, a company that specializes in an antibacterial metal coating technology originally used in B2B applications like specialty medical equipment. The service paired them with designers who turned their coated metal into works of art that also help keep the water in a vase clean. This imaginative combination has allowed them to enter the world of consumer products with a truly original product line.

  • Matching Designers with Manufacturers
  • Matching Designers with Manufacturers
  • Matching Designers with Manufacturers
  • Matching Designers with Manufacturers
  • Matching Designers with Manufacturers
  • Matching Designers with Manufacturers
  • Matching Designers with Manufacturers
  • Matching Designers with Manufacturers

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.

- Trinus, Inc.
Kanda407 1-1-5 Uchikanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0047 JAPAN

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