May 10, Wed.
Smart Energy Week
Smart Energy Japan is a comprehensive exhibition of energy-related technologies. With a focus on renewable energy and efficient power storage, the exhibition offers eco-friendly solutions to our increasing energy needs. And our very energetic reporter Tomoko Hayakawa will take you there in this week's powerful "On Site" report
Schedule: Mar. 1 - 3, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight
This event is all about smart energy: smart ways to produce energy, smart ways to store energy, and smart ways to use energy. Practically every country and every region, as well as every company here is pouring time, effort and funding into developing new and innovative technologies in hopes of making a breakthrough that can have a global impact. From effective use of power generated by renewable energy sources like water, wind, and the sun, to hydrogen fuel cells and rechargeable batteries, this broad-based large-scale exhibition covers them all. What kind of energy will Japan – as well as the rest of the world – come to rely on in the future? It's surely here that we find the answer. Highlights include an emergency phone charger, a beefy backup battery, tiny turbines for getting power from both wind and water, high-efficiency solar cells, and a vision of a hydrogen-powered future.
- Fujikura Rubber Ltd.
TOC Ariake East Tower 3-5-7 Ariake, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0063 JAPAN
- FDK Corporation.
Shinagawa Crystal Square Bldg., 1-6-41 Konan, Minato City, Tokyo 108-8212 JAPAN
- NTN Corporation.
1-3-17, Kyomachibori, Nishi-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 550-0003 JAPAN
- Zephyr Corporation.
4F, 1-9-18 Kaigan, Minato City, Tokyo, Japan 105-0022 JAPAN
- KANEKA Corporation.
1-12-32, Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-6028 JAPAN
- Panasonic Corporation.
1006 Oaza Kadoma, Kadoma City, Osaka Prefecture 571-8501 JAPAN
- The Association of Hydrogen Supply and Utilization Technology.
2-10-5 Akasaka, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0052 JAPAN
Floating Images at Your Fingertips
Visual interfaces are a huge part of technology related industries. For this visionary edition of our "Gadgets" segment we visit a small start-up company with a novel display that appears to make images float in mid-air. While it may not exactly be like what you see in sci-fi movies, it's well on the way to a real 3D interactive display.
A lab operated by a start-up company called Parity Innovations is working on a next-generation imaging technology called floating images. Their creations work based on something they call the "Parity Mirror." The Parity Mirror is made up of micro-mirror rows that reflect the incident light back towards the source. Mirrors like these make up what is known as a dihedral corner reflector array. By using a normal 2D image, it projects what looks like a real image in front of a device rather than a virtual image behind like a conventional plane mirror. And some of them are even interactive, allowing you to touch the images you see like a smartphone display in thin air. Companies from various fields have expressed an interest in the technology. And Parity Innovations plans to open up their lab on weekends and collaborate with various partners to find new uses for the technology.
- Parity Innovations Co., Ltd.
NICT Build 3-5 Hikaridai, Seikacho, Sourakugun, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 619-0237 JAPAN
Memorable Gifts Born from Old Clothes
In this installment of "+Style," we'll look at a very meaningful way to deal with old clothing. Instead of throwing them out or taking them to a recycle shop, a small store in Hiroshima has a very novel suggestion. They help turn your old clothes into new memories, giving them a new lease on life by repurposing them as useful items.
LISUR is a company located in the city of Hiroshima that mainly sells all sorts of accessories for babies and mothers. It was started 24 years ago as a business for recycling children's clothing. Since then, they've developed several ideas for altering and reusing old clothes, and this year, they started a new project. According to company president Midori Hamaguchi, it was inspired by the desire to help their customers create memories. Called "LOOP CARE," it involves taking turning old clothes into other items like photo albums, or parasols. In many cases the things they produce wind up as gifts; like something given by parents to their young daughter who's about to leave the nest. Naturally cutting up treasured items is delicate work, and they go so far as to create a miniature mockup beforehand to make sure there are no mistakes. Now old memories can give birth to new ones.
- Lisur Co., Ltd.
2-7-23 Shoukou Center, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture 733-0833 JAPAN