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Image Sensing Show

Image sensing is rapidly becoming one of the most important aspects of modern technology in a variety of fields. It may sound obscure, but it's already all around us in our cars, mobile devices, and drones. Reporter Akira Daniel Duncan will help you to get the picture in this week's "On Site" look at the Image Sensing Show for 2017.

Image Sensing Show

Schedule: Jun. 7 - 9, 2017
Location: Pacifico Yokohama

Image processing technology is evolving alongside developments in artificial intelligence. With new kinds of data from state-of-the-art image analysis, problems that were previously unsolvable in a variety of fields can be overcome. Such developments are likely to contribute not only to industrial applications but also to society as a whole. And that's the focus at the 2017 Image Sensing Show in Yokohama. For our coverage, we bring you the latest developments from Japan; including a very versatile stereo camera for counting and tracking pedestrian traffic, an automated shopping assistant, a tiny camera that works like an insect's compound eye, a 3D imaging system that works in real time, the latest in super slow motion, a special gel that can help cameras go really deep, analog charts still essential in the digital world, and an impressive new system for analyzing the game of rugby.

  • Image Sensing Show
  • Image Sensing Show
  • Image Sensing Show
  • Image Sensing Show
  • Image Sensing Show
  • Image Sensing Show
  • Image Sensing Show

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.

- Hitachi, Ltd. Research & Development Group
7-1-1 Omika-cho, Hitachi-City, Ibaraki Prefecture 319-1292 JAPAN

- Saitama University.
225 Shimo-Okubo, Sakura-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture 338-8570 JAPAN

- Shizuoka University.
3-5-1 Johoku, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture 432-8011 JAPAN

- 4D Sensor Co., Ltd.
649-3 Naka, Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture 640-8541 JAPAN

- Ditect Corporation.
1-8 Nanpeidai, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0036 JAPAN

- iDule Co., Ltd.
2-17-2 Gyotokuekimae, Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture 272-0133 Japan

- Fujifilm Imaging System Co., Ltd.
3-6-30 Nishigotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0031 JAPAN

- Toshiba Corporation.
1 Komukai-Toshiba-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture 212-8582 JAPAN

No More Flat Tires!

It's pretty difficult to radically change something as simple and common as the rubber tire, but that is what a major manufacturer here in Japan is trying to do. In this installment of "Gadgets," Brian Hughes will bring you a hands-on look at what may become the future of wheeled transportation. It's quite literally reinventing the wheel!

No More Flat Tires!

The latest tire design from industry giant Bridgestone is unique to say the least. While airless tires actually predate the inflatable kind, they mostly disappeared because that cushion of air is so much more comfortable to ride on. But this new idea may just change all that. Aptly named the "Air Free Concept," they could help to eliminate flat tires and the need for regular inflation. While they do have designs for automobiles and other mobility systems in the works, our focus this time is on their new idea for a bicycle tire, which is scheduled for release in 2019. Its thermoplastic construction - with a spring-like form that was developed through computer-aided design and trial and error - means it's very durable, and even recyclable. The company has held several events to gauge consumer feedback, and the response has been roundly positive. Truly revolutionary!

  • No More Flat Tires!
  • No More Flat Tires!
  • No More Flat Tires!
  • No More Flat Tires!
  • No More Flat Tires!
  • No More Flat Tires!
  • No More Flat Tires!
  • No More Flat Tires!

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.

- Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd.
3-1-1 Nakazuma, Ageo City, Saitama Prefecture 362-0072 JAPAN

Night Cruising the Industrial Landscape

Our "Special Report" this week takes you on a cruise around the waters of Yokohama. There are lots of ways to see Japan and for many people boats are a favorite; from river cruises to fishing excursions at sea. But this particular journey is a bit different from the usual fare. Sometimes beauty can be found where you least expect it.

The Keihin Industrial Zone is one of Japan's three major industrial districts, but after sunset, it shows a much different face. Night tours of factory districts are a current trend in Japan. One of the most unique tour boats is the Santa Barca. In spite of the seeming mismatch with the boat's rugged looks, the name and hibiscus motif have been around since it was built. Captain Hitoshi Nagai repurposed the boat after its work ferrying laborers to a construction site had ended. This work is why the boat has such a "blue collar" appearance. But the captain has made it a very comfortable, and even romantic, way to view the night lights around the industrial zone. The combination of a modest yet sturdy vessel and a seasoned captain who knows the area like the back of his hand have resulted in a factory night cruise with a unique twist. It's no surprise that so many of his guests have become repeat customers.

  • Night Cruising the Industrial Landscape
  • Night Cruising the Industrial Landscape
  • Night Cruising the Industrial Landscape
  • Night Cruising the Industrial Landscape
  • Night Cruising the Industrial Landscape
  • Night Cruising the Industrial Landscape
  • Night Cruising the Industrial Landscape
  • Night Cruising the Industrial Landscape

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.

- Keihin Ferry Boat Co., Ltd.
1-1 Kaaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0002 JAPAN

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