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Wearable EXPO

Wrist watches aren't the only kind of technological creations that can be worn as fashion, or at least as functional apparel. More and more of the stand-alone electric devices we rely on are being integrated into the things we wear. Join Brian Hughes for a closer look at the Wearable EXPO in this week's "On Site" report.

Wearable EXPO

Schedule: Jan. 18 - 20, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

Wearable electronics are somewhat unique among other applications of modern technology. Particularly in the case of apparel, things like sensors must be soft rather than hard, and more flexible wiring is also a necessity. In this field chemical and material manufacturers - rather than electronics companies - are the ones with the most potential when it comes to ideas and technical expertise. But they're not the only ones hoping to get in on this expanding market. Our coverage of this event dedicated to great gear you can wear will look at the efforts of academia and industry here in Japan towards making wearable technology a practical reality. Highlights include, a wearable sensor ideal for sports, a paste that can serve as a conductor on fabric surfaces, piezoelectric thread that works well under pressure, a command performance via elastic sensors, and some excellent eyewear solutions.

  • Wearable EXPO
  • Wearable EXPO
  • Wearable EXPO
  • Wearable EXPO
  • Wearable EXPO
  • Wearable 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.

- Toyobo Co., Ltd.
2-8, Dojima Hama 2-chome, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 530-8230 JAPAN

- Cemedine Co., Ltd.
Gate City Ohsaki East Tower, 1-11-2 Osaki, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 141-8620 JAPAN

- Kansai University.
3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Suita City, Osaka Prefecture 564-8680 JAPAN

- Teijin Limited.
Kasumigaseki Common Gate West Tower, 2-1, Kasumigaseki 3-chome, Chiyoda Prefecture, Tokyo 100-8585 JAPAN

- Yamaha Corporation.
10-1, Nakazawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture 430-8650 JAPAN

- Boston Club Co., Ltd.
4-31-2, 1-Sanroku, Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture 916-0021 JAPAN

- MEGANESUPER Co., Ltd.
4-2-39 Honcho, Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture 250-8533 JAPAN

Celebrating the Solar Watch

This installment of the "Gadgets" segment brings you a look at a new timepiece released by a major Japanese watchmaker to commemorate the 40th anniversary of a groundbreaking product. The solar powered watch is impressive for more than its renewable power source; it may just be the slimmest timepiece you've ever seen.

Celebrating the Solar Watch

The latest solar-powered watch from Japanese timepiece giant Citizen is just 2.98mm thick. Dubbed the Eco- Drive One, it was developed and released in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the company's first solar watch. Their goal for the commemorative model was to make the body less than 3mm thick, with the movement inside as thin as only 1mm. As they hit the drawing table, they soon realized that they had to redesign 81 of the 85 parts that usually make up a watch's movement. Among them, the rotor, which is essentially the heart of the stepper motor, was given a three-part construction, consisting of a gear, permanent magnet, and a shaft that holds the two together; and the whole thing had to be just 1mm thick. In order to make it happen, a delicate laser welding operation was needed. Although technically impressive in the extreme, the end result is also a true work of Japanese watchmaking art.

  • Celebrating the Solar Watch
  • Celebrating the Solar Watch
  • Celebrating the Solar Watch
  • Celebrating the Solar Watch
  • Celebrating the Solar Watch
  • Celebrating the Solar Watch
  • Celebrating the Solar Watch
  • Celebrating the Solar Watch

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.

Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
6-1-12, Tanashi-cho, Nishi-Tokyo City, Tokyo 188-8511 JAPAN

Traditional Materials - Timeless Art

For most of recorded history, people have spent great time and effort acquiring the right materials to make pigments to color other things. In this colorful edition of "+Style" we'll show you a retail establishment in Tokyo that takes its name from these materials that give us color. You could even say the shop itself is a work of art.

"PIGMENT" - pronounced as the French would say it - is a very unique kind of art supply store. Located in the middle of a business district in Tokyo's Tennozu area, the establishment is actually the creation of a company that mainly handles warehousing and storage on an industrial scale. But the inside of the store is nothing like what you might expect from such a company. Not at all sterile, it's colorful and appealing; with one entire wall covered in a rainbow of jars containing the base ingredients historically used to make paint pigments. They carry a huge assortment of paintbrushes - both modern and traditional. What's more, the staff are all professional artists who showcase their own works and sometimes offer master classes. Beyond its appeal to the local art community, PIGMENT has become somewhat of a tourist attraction. Next time you're here in Tokyo, why not pay a visit?

  • Traditional Materials - Timeless Art
  • Traditional Materials - Timeless Art
  • Traditional Materials - Timeless Art
  • Traditional Materials - Timeless Art
  • Traditional Materials - Timeless Art
  • Traditional Materials - Timeless Art
  • Traditional Materials - Timeless Art

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.

- Warehouse TERRADA.
2-6-10 Higashi-Shinagawa, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-0002 JAPAN

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