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International Nanotechnology Exhibition

Many products we use today are at least tangentially related to the field of nanotechnology. But in which products and in what way isn't always clear. This international event is setup in part to provide a more concrete picture of this vital and ever-changing field. Join reporter Brian Hughes there for this week's "On Site" report.

International Nanotechnology Exhibition

Schedule: Feb. 15 - 17, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. In terms somewhat easier to imagine, that's roughly the difference between the diameter of the earth and that of a coin. Nanotechnology is already finding its way into products we use on a daily basis. The scale may be small, but the implications for society as a whole are huge. The International Nanotechnology Exhibition itself is the world's largest nanotech-related event of its kind. Beginning with carbon nanotubes, it focuses on a broad range of fields including everything from telecommunications and electronics to medicine, biology, ecology, and energy storage and production systems. Highlights include the next step in nanotube transistors, water jet atomizers, nano-level CNC machining, devices for measuring and observing the nano-scale world, and the latest in nanotech research from right here in Japan.

  • International Nanotechnology Exhibition
  • International Nanotechnology Exhibition
  • International Nanotechnology Exhibition
  • International Nanotechnology Exhibition
  • International Nanotechnology Exhibition
  • International Nanotechnology Exhibition

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.

- JTB Communication Design, Inc.
Celestine Shiba Mitsui Building, Mita 3-23-1, Minato City Tokyo 105-8335 JAPAN

- New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
MUZA Kawasaki Central Tower, 16F-20F Omiya-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture 212-8554 JAPAN

- Zeon Corporation
Shin Marunouchi Center Building, 1-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City Tokyo 100-8246 JAPAN

- Toray Industries Inc.
Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, 1-1, Nihonbashi-Muromachi 2-chome, Chuo City Tokyo 103-8666 JAPAN

- Sugino Machine Limited,
2410 Hongo, Uozu City, Toyama Prefecture 937-8511 JAPAN

- FANUC Corporation
Oshino-mura, Yamanashi Prefecture 401-0597 JAPAN

- Otsuka Electronics Co., Ltd.
3-26-3 Shodai-Tajika, Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture 573-1132 JAPAN

- JEOL Ltd.
3-1-2 Musashino, Akishima City, Tokyo 196-8558 JAPAN

- Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
1-20-1 Handayama, Higashi-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture 431-3192 JAPAN

A Ring Fashioned with Your Voice

What does sound look like? In this edition of "+Style," we'll examine a unique new method that answers this question in a very tangible way. Tomoko Maeda will be your guide as we visit a company that uses it to make beautiful art, as well as what may well be one of the most romantic gifts you could ever give someone you love.

A Ring Fashioned with Your Voice

A small Tokyo startup called EncodeRing has come up with a very tangible way to say "I love you," or any other message you might want to convey to the important people in your life. Their main products are some rather oddly shaped pieces of jewelry; rings and pendants in particular. They're available in a number of different materials, including silver, gold and platinum. But what makes them so special is that their shapes actually come from the soundwaves generated by the human voice. You simply record your voice on your computer, and you can have original jewelry made from anywhere in the world. According to the company president, Mr. Kakumura, he was inspired by the desire to create a totally unique gift item for a loved one. Collaborating with a fabricator called Sea Force, they utilized 3D printing and traditional casting methods to do just that. Sounds like great gear!

  • A Ring Fashioned with Your Voice
  • A Ring Fashioned with Your Voice
  • A Ring Fashioned with Your Voice
  • A Ring Fashioned with Your Voice
  • A Ring Fashioned with Your Voice
  • A Ring Fashioned with Your Voice
  • A Ring Fashioned with Your Voice

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.

- Encode Ring Co., Ltd.
Cross Office Shibuya 8F 1-12-2 Shibuya, Shibuya City Tokyo 150-0002 JAPAN

Giving Audio a New Life

Before digital audio became the norm, music lovers invested in high quality home audio systems. And for diehard audiophiles, they're still the only way to go. For our !Special Report," we'll see how skilled workers troubleshoot issues and return audio equipment no longer supported by the manufacturer back to its former glory.

Many makers of the high-end home stereo equipment are sadly no longer in business. Sansui was a favorite among audiophiles worldwide that closed its doors near the start of the 21st century. But for those grown accustomed to their quality, and the special experience of using old-school equipment, simply buying a replacement is out of the question. Audiophiles themselves, the folks at IDK took over repair services for the brand around 15 years ago. After their cherished amps are serviced there, many say that they come back even better than new. IDK uses the knowhow of their skilled technicians, as well as the finest replacement parts and thorough testing to yield such impressive results. In the words of Kohei Iizuka, the company president, they are motivated by the sentimental value their customers have for the items they repair, rather than by making a profit.

  • Giving Audio a New Life
  • Giving Audio a New Life
  • Giving Audio a New Life
  • Giving Audio a New Life
  • Giving Audio a New Life
  • Giving Audio a New Life
  • Giving Audio a New Life
  • Giving Audio a New Life

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.

- IDK Corporation
110-1 Arato, Tsukubamirai City, Ibaraki Prefecture 300-2354 JAPAN

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