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Dec. 6, Wed.

CEATEC Japan

"On Site" this week, Akira Daniel Duncan takes you to the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, better known as CEATEC; Japan's largest IT and electronics exhibition. On our extensive look at this cutting-edge event, we'll sample some incredible tech that will be directly affecting our lives in the near future.

Schedule: Oct. 3 - 6,, 2017
Location: Makuhari Messe

You've probably heard of the Internet of Things, or the IoT. But just in case you missed it, the term refers to the networking of physical devices, specifically everyday items like refrigerators or air conditioners, allowing them to be monitored, controlled, and even maintained remotely; although so far it's mostly seen in industrial applications. Of course, there is much more to it, as was evident at this year's CEATEC. Another major buzzword these days is AI, or artificial intelligence, which is also rapidly becoming a reality and fits right into an ultra-connected world. Highlights from our coverage include an IoT baseball perfect for pitching practice, a setup to help violinists improve their skill, a system that can improve security and privacy at the same time, smart home innovations, several intelligent systems to help keep us healthy, and the very first consumer 8K television.

  • CEATEC Japan
  • CEATEC Japan
  • CEATEC Japan
  • CEATEC Japan
  • CEATEC Japan
  • CEATEC Japan

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.

- Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
1-7 Yukigaya-Otsukimachi, Ota-ku, Tokyo 145-8501 JAPAN

- ROHM Co., Ltd.
21 Sain Mizosaki-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture 615-8585 JAPAN

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

- LIXIL Corporation.
3-2-5 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6036 JAPAN

- Panasonic Corporation.
1006 Kadoma, Kadoma City, Osaka Prefecture 571-8506 JAPAN

- Fujitsu Limited.
Shiodome City Center, 5-2 Higashi-Shimbashi, 1 Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-7123 JAPAN

- Sharp Corporation.
1-2-3 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0023 JAPAN

Old Skateboards Still Got Some Tricks!

The skill of a skateboarder is easy to see, but this story goes a little deeper than hard flips and backside 180s with a look at a piece of great gear that skaters literally can't do without. For our "+Style" segment this week we'll see the true heart of a skateboard and examine some of the many amazing tricks an enthusiastic artist can do with it.

Skateboard decks regularly get scratched, break, or lose flexibility. In other words: for skateboarders, they are items that must regularly be replaced. Himself a lifelong skateboarder, artist Makoto Ishiwata has found a very creative way to reuse them, but his inspiration came not from the desire to recycle, but rather to help others appreciate the beauty that he knew was there. His brand called "Core," says it all. The plywood used to make the decks has colorful layers which when sandwiched together create usable wood with beautiful and unique patterns. He started out producing smaller items like keychains, but as he went on, he used his technique to create larger boards, which he's turned into items like picture frames and even speaker housings. His latest trick is to take the curved end pieces, which he previously had discarded, and turn them into stylish and comfortable chairs. Sweet!

  • Old Skateboards Still Got Some Tricks!
  • Old Skateboards Still Got Some Tricks!
  • Old Skateboards Still Got Some Tricks!
  • Old Skateboards Still Got Some Tricks!
  • Old Skateboards Still Got Some Tricks!
  • Old Skateboards Still Got Some Tricks!
  • Old Skateboards Still Got Some Tricks!
  • Old Skateboards Still Got Some Tricks!

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.

- UNOWN.
1-7-8 Zushi, Zushi City, Kanagawa Prefecture 249-0006 JAPAN

- CORE.
Info@c-o-r-e.cc

A Festival of Drones - Part 1

These days, even consumer grade drones are incredible. Indeed, they're practically flying smartphones. And just like smartphones, the drone industry is led by a few major players. But innovation and development by smaller companies is alive and well in the mountains of Nagano, as we'll see in this week's high-flying "Special Report."

Ina in Nagano prefecture is a small town nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains. Recently, at a picturesque lake nearby, an event called the Drone Festival was held there. At this event hosted by the city, drone-related businesses and organizations from all over Japan have gathered to give demonstrations of their latest creations. There was a unique VTOL - or vertical takeoff and landing - design meant to cover long distances at high speeds, a mini twin-rotor model with some sophisticated moves, a landing pad developed by government and industry to help standardize drone package delivery systems, a sausage shaped inflatable drone meant to be a stable platform for aerial photography, an unmanned ground vehicle, or UGV, for monitoring local deer populations, and a cleverly engineered gasoline-powered model designed to fly longer and further than electrically powered options.

  • A Festival of Drones - Part 1
  • A Festival of Drones - Part 1
  • A Festival of Drones - Part 1
  • A Festival of Drones - Part 1
  • A Festival of Drones - Part 1
  • A Festival of Drones - Part 1
  • A Festival of Drones - Part 1

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.

- INA City Office.
3050 Shimonita, Ina City, Nagano Prefecture 396-8617 JAPAN

- Blue Innovation Co., Ltd.
3-16-11 Kanda Nhishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0054 JAPAN

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