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NEPCON Japan

To meet the demand for quality we place on our computers, smart phones, and other 21st century electronic must-haves, manufacturers are having to create ever more precise parts. NEPCON Japan is an exhibition featuring the electronic components that keep our world working. Join reporter Akira Daniel Duncan, "On Site!"

Schedule: Jan. 17 - 19, 2017
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

NEPCON Japan is an exhibition featuring makers of electronic components like circuit boards and other related products. The majority of the companies here make components vital for things like smartphones, automotive electronics, personal computers, cameras and more, particularly makers specializing in the technologies necessary for the miniaturization and mass production of such products. Beyond making parts for export, many of the companies here are truly one of a kind, holding a significant share of the global market in their respective areas. Highlights from our coverage include the latest in ultra-clean cleanroom technologies, an automated laser soldering machine with surprising speed and accuracy, a go-anywhere touch-panel display, circuit boards in three dimensions, super accurate jigs for lining up tiny IC pins, and the latest in high-end optical inspection equipment.

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  • NEPCON Japan
  • NEPCON Japan
  • NEPCON Japan
  • NEPCON Japan
  • NEPCON 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.

- Koken Ltd.
7 Yombancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0081 JAPAN

- Japan Unix Co., Ltd.
2-21-25 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052 JAPAN

- Noritake Itron Corporation.
1-13-8 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8502 JAPAN

- Sankyo Kasei Co., Ltd.
3-21-18 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0013 JAPAN

- Johnan Corporation.
1-28 Narute, Okubo-cho, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture 611-0033 JAPAN

- Westech Co., Ltd.
633 Niizo, Toda City, Saitama Prefecture 335-0021 JAPAN

- Tokyo Weld Co., Ltd.
2-28-1 Kitamagome, Ota-ku, Tokyo 143-0021 JAPAN

- Hirox Co., Ltd.
2-15-17 Koenji-Minami, Suginami ku, Tokyo 166-0003 JAPAN

AI Meets Cucumbers

Agriculture may be the last place you'd expect to find cutting edge technology, but in this installment of "Gadgets," we'll visit a farmer who put his IT background to good use. Working with a very low budget and parts from a DIY store, he created a system to help sort his family's produce, significantly improving efficiency.

Located on an area of elevated land near the sea, the Koike family farm is comprised of fields and greenhouses. The only farm in the region to specialize in cucumbers, every day starts with the morning harvest, and the produce is then shipped out the same day. Harvesting takes about three hours, but the sorting of cucumbers into 9 different grades that comes afterwards is a time-consuming task. Or, rather it was. Makoto Koike, a former IT engineer, was inspired to develop his machine as he was watching his mother working long hours to sort the cucumbers by hand. Using simple parts mostly purchased from a DIY store and open source AI software, he took thousands of photos of cucumbers to help the machine learn to sort the cucumbers accurately. Costing very little to construct, this simple yet elegant solution is a practical way for small farms to improve their productivity.

  • AI Meets Cucumbers
  • AI Meets Cucumbers
  • AI Meets Cucumbers
  • AI Meets Cucumbers
  • AI Meets Cucumbers
  • AI Meets Cucumbers

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.

- Makoto Koike.
Workpiles.com

Hold Your Baby Before It's Born

The relationship between a mother and child starts even before the child is born. And keeping an eye on the baby's health via ultrasound has become standard practice in modern maternity. In this "Special Report," we look at one more way mothers can get to see the children growing inside them; all thanks to the power of sound.

Dr. Masahiro Nishikawa is the director of a maternity clinic in the city of Osaka. His clinic uses state-of-the-art sonography to help monitor the health and progress of mothers' unborn babies. Since the initial development of the technology, the amount of detail visible in these images has significantly improved, providing near photo-realistic images. While monitoring the baby's health is the primary goal, this has also inspired Dr. Nishikawa to offer a rather unique service to his patients. Since the ultrasound images create 3D data, this can be sent directly to a 3D printer, creating a unique memento for expectant mothers. Working in conjunction with a nearby 3D printing company, they're now producing surprisingly lifelike models. Since beginning the service late in 2017, the company has received numerous inquiries, and now plans to offer the service to hospitals nationwide.

  • Hold Your Baby Before It's Born
  • Hold Your Baby Before It's Born
  • Hold Your Baby Before It's Born
  • Hold Your Baby Before It's Born
  • Hold Your Baby Before It's Born
  • Hold Your Baby Before It's Born
  • Hold Your Baby Before It's Born
  • Hold Your Baby Before It's Born

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.

- Nishikawa Ladies Clinic.
2-16-10 Tennoji-cho, Kita Abeno-ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture 545-0001 JAPAN

- Marubeni Information Systems Co., Ltd.
3-8-2 Okubo, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0072 JAPAN

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