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Automotive Engineering Expo

It's difficult to say what exactly makes a great car great. Beyond the shape of the body and size of the engine, it's the quality of every single part of the vehicle. For this "On Site" report, we sent reporter Brian Hughes to the Automotive Engineering Expo to find the finest examples of the most recent advances from right here in Japan.

Automotive Engineering Expo

Schedule: May 24 - 26, 2017
Location: Pacifico Yokohama

"What's under the hood?" It's a pretty common question. But what about, "What's under the door panels?" or "Tell me more about the wiring harness." If these are more what you have in mind, then this expo is the one for you; featuring all the amazing engineering that goes into making every car go, no matter what's under the hood. The Automotive Engineering Expo is the largest in Japan to be aimed solely at the engineers, technicians, and researchers who are the driving force behind the Japanese auto industry. We start with some oldies but goodies from the past, and then move on to the latest engineering going on right now in Japan. Highlights include: a chemical company's clever concept, a hyper-accurate auto simulator, the latest framework for one of Japan's biggest car brands, some super safety systems for larger trucks, a new springy seat, and a very cool little red EV.

  • Automotive Engineering Expo
  • Automotive Engineering Expo
  • Automotive Engineering Expo
  • Automotive Engineering Expo
  • Automotive Engineering Expo
  • Automotive Engineering 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.

- Asahi Kasei Corporation.
1-105 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-8101 JAPAN

- SAGINOMIYA SEISAKUSHO, INC.
Shinjuku Garden Tower 22F 8-2, Okubo 3-chome, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 169-0072 JAPAN

- Subaru Corporation.
Ebisu Subaru Bldg. 1-20-8, Ebisu, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-8554 JAPAN

- Isuzu Motors Limited.
6-26-1 Minami-Oi, Shinagawa City, Tokyo 140-8722 JAPAN

- NHK SPRING Co., Ltd.
3-10, Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 236-0004 JAPAN

- OVEC.
5301 Haga, Okayama Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture 701-1221 JAPAN

Miniaturized for Maximum Nostalgia

Do you remember your very first computer? In this geek-chic installment of our "Gadgets" segment, we'll visit some video game developers who decided to turn some of their fondest favorites into fully functional mini-replicas. But beyond the nostalgia factor, these mighty minis actually contain fully functional computers.

Miniaturized for Maximum Nostalgia

Picturesque Kai in Yamanashi Prefecture is home to a uniquely named firm, HAL Laboratory. Though not in the business of making sentient computers, they do have some amazingly intelligent products. Their president, Satoshi Mitsuhara, is a huge fan of classic computers. His passion inspired him to create a line of mini replicas without first doing any market research. But they have indeed found a market. With offerings based on models like the Sharp MZ80, and the Fujitsu FM7, they’ve been a big hit with fans of old PCs. But their beauty is more than skin-deep. Inside each one is a fully functional Raspberry Pi computer. When connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard, you can use them to write programs in BASIC, and they even come bundled with some classic games. These amazing bits of 8-bit memorabilia may just inspire the next generation of PC enthusiasts.

  • Miniaturized for Maximum Nostalgia
  • Miniaturized for Maximum Nostalgia
  • Miniaturized for Maximum Nostalgia
  • Miniaturized for Maximum Nostalgia
  • Miniaturized for Maximum Nostalgia
  • Miniaturized for Maximum Nostalgia
  • Miniaturized for Maximum Nostalgia
  • Miniaturized for Maximum Nostalgia

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.

- HAL Laboratory, Inc.
1-22 Kandasuda-cho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0041 JAPAN

The Kaleidoscopes Come to Kyoto

For hundreds of years, people around the world have enjoyed the beautiful patterns created in kaleidoscopes. And this year, kaleidoscope makers and enthusiasts gathered in Kyoto for an international convention. Our very own Mathew Maseru Barron heads there to get a first-person perspective in this very visual "Special Report."

While pretty much everyone knows what a kaleidoscope is, there are many more variations out there than the standard tube-shaped variety. And for all those who just can't get enough of them, the place to be this year was here in Japan in the historic city of Kyoto. Known as the Brewster Kaleidoscope Convention, it hosts master manipulators of light from around the world. In addition to creators from the US, where kaleidoscope making is perhaps most popular, there were many from Japan, too. From modern to traditional, the local creators had some amazing offerings; such as one made from folding fans, one based on old books in an homage to historic Japan, and even a very far-out offering using a totally different approach - optical projectors. Kaleidoscopes are the product of more than just artistic sensibilities; they also reflect their creator's way of living and thinking.

  • The Kaleidoscopes Come to Kyoto
  • The Kaleidoscopes Come to Kyoto
  • The Kaleidoscopes Come to Kyoto
  • The Kaleidoscopes Come to Kyoto
  • The Kaleidoscopes Come to Kyoto
  • The Kaleidoscopes Come to Kyoto
  • The Kaleidoscopes Come to Kyoto
  • The Kaleidoscopes Come to Kyoto

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.

- Little Bear.
19-10-302 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0034 JAPAN

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