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Video Communications Expo

The future of video broadcasting is on display in all its high-resolution glory at the first ever Video Communications Expo. Reporter Brian Hughes is "On Site," to seek out the video technology of tomorrow. From 4K technologies to 8K and beyond, we'll get an ultra-clear picture of things to come in the broadcast industry.

Video Communications Expo

Schedule: Apr. 5 - 7, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

The "Video Communications Expo" is an event specializing in the technology required to transmit moving images. It's hoped that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be broadcast in true 4K as well as 8K video. And in order to make this happen, new transmission infrastructure and systems - things like hardware, other specialized components, and cabling - will be required. Aimed at the telecommunications and broadcasting firms that are the driving force behind these new technologies, you'll find all the latest info and a ton of great new gear for your inspection. Highlights include the latest in studio-grade 8K production equipment, eye-popping ultra-high-definition 8K displays, video over IP systems for industry and academia, the world's lightest and smallest system for transmitting live HD broadcasts, and new ideas in cabling solutions for both power and data.

  • Video Communications Expo
  • Video Communications Expo
  • Video Communications Expo
  • Video Communications Expo
  • Video Communications Expo
  • Video Communications 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.

- ASTRODESIGN, Inc.
1-5-2 Minami-Yukigaya, Ota City, Tokyo 145-0066 JAPAN

- BOE Japan Co., Ltd.
Shinagawa East One Tower 4F, 2-16-1 Kohnan, Minato City, Tokyo 108-0075 JAPAN

- IDK Corporation.
7-9-1 Chuo, Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture 242-0021 JAPAN

- Soliton Systems K.K.
2-4-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022 JAPAN

- AIM Electronics Co., Ltd.
1353 Isobe, Minami-ku, Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture 252-0327 JAPAN

- Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
Marunouchi Nakadori Bldg., 2-3 Marunouchi 2-chome, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-8322 Japan

- Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
4-5-33, Kitahama, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 541-0041 JAPAN

A Cool Ride Made of Paper

The art of paper craft is more than just origami and folded snowflakes. In fact, in this week's artful installment of our "Gadgets" segment, we'll take a look at a series of finely detailed cars and motorcycles made entirely from paper. These kits were envisioned by a car lover for car lovers and make for hours of creative fun for grownups.

A Cool Ride Made of Paper

UPLIFT Models is a line of model cars and motorcycles. They look rather unusual. And they're so light! Surprisingly, they are completely made of paper. The intricate paper craft kits feature 1/12-scale cars and 1/5-scale motorcycles; this sense of size really makes them stand out. Originally a developer of 3D paper models for promotional use - including some for a printer manufacturer that can be downloaded and printed for free by anyone - they were inspired to develop their own brand. The new series features a variety of vintage models of cars and motorcycles, which are the personal favorites of the company president and confirmed car lover Takao Taniguchi. The development process was incredibly rigorous, involving numerous prototypes. They even got permission from the actual automakers. The models can take up to 50 hours to complete, but it's well worth it!

  • A Cool Ride Made of Paper
  • A Cool Ride Made of Paper
  • A Cool Ride Made of Paper
  • A Cool Ride Made of Paper
  • A Cool Ride Made of Paper
  • A Cool Ride Made of Paper
  • A Cool Ride Made of Paper
  • A Cool Ride Made of Paper

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.

- UPLIFT Co., Ltd.
C-Cube Minamiaoyama 7F, 7-1-7 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0062 JAPAN

From Food Waste to Electricity

In this "Special Report," we'll find out how one company is contributing to Japan's drive to produce more of its energy from sustainable sources. It uses bio-waste like leftovers from food processing plants to create gas which is then used to generate electricity. It’s a new vision of the Japanese waste-not-want-not philosophy of mottainai.

The city of Makinohara in Shizuoka Prefecture is known for its vast tea plantations, but now it has a new claim to fame: a power plant that takes bio-waste from food processing manufacturers and uses it to produce methane gas, which they use to generate power. Managing this project is a company called Archaea Energy. The name comes from the microorganisms that break down the waste and turn it into usable fuel. The plant can process up to 80 tons of food waste in a day. Local food processing plants contract with them to dispose of their unusable scraps. When these scraps arrive, they are ground up and non-organic waste is removed. Solid and liquid matter are then combined, and water is added to make the mix ready for fermentation. The gas resulting from this process is used to produce electricity, with a total output of 650kW. You could say they're turning garbage into green energy!

  • From Food Waste to Electricity
  • From Food Waste to Electricity
  • From Food Waste to Electricity
  • From Food Waste to Electricity
  • From Food Waste to Electricity
  • From Food Waste to Electricity
  • From Food Waste to Electricity
  • From Food Waste to Electricity

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.

- Archaea Energy Co., Ltd.
Cross Office 1309, 1-18-6 Nishi Shinbashi, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0003 JAPAN

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