Epson Movierio Pro is a combination of sensors and cameras to provide a VR-like experience. The Moverio is meant for industrial settings where information about their work could be displayed on the screen in real time. Marketed as a “smart headset”, Moverie Pro resembles Google Glass a lot but is a lot more limited in scope. It uses Android and has a battery life of 4 hours.
The Epson Movierio here is demonstrated through its applications; we see the use of the glasses in instantly producing translations of the words that are spoken to it. The headset is also capable of introducing depth to images like with augmented reality (AR) solutions.
Forum 8 shows their driving simulation on Oculus VR headsets, allowing people to drive around the streets of Tokyo using gaming setups, consisting of a steering wheel and a pedal box. The company’s main focus is to develop interactive 3D VR simulation and modeling software.
Sharp’s talking robot is on display, and it can respond to touch and voice. Company representatives demonstrate how it can make conversation, respond to questions about the weather, and even respond humanly when struck with a hand. The robot is not for sale and is only meant to showcase company capabilities.
CEO of Tokyo-based Seven Dreamers, Shin Sakane, introduces the Laundroid laundry bot, capable of folding one T shirt in 3 minutes 40 seconds, with the final version being able to fold 40 clothes at a time and automatically segregate according to cloth type or the family member it belongs to. It uses a mix of image analysis and robotics. The finished product is expected to launch in 2019, incorporating washing and drying in addition to folding.
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Fujitsu has a projector with a camera setup that converts large spaces such as walls or tables into touch-sensitive areas with the use of a stylus with an IR transmitter. The company also showcases multiple use cases with moving images from one source to another. They also demonstrate the use of a finger-mounted sensor that converts finger motion (drawing in air) into sketches on a tablet. Their consumer lineup of Japan-only devices such as phones and PCs is on display, too.
Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) have their own booth where they display products of their partner companies. Here we see the Meccano, a DIY kit robot controlled via Bluetooth off a device, BT beacons that are small in size with a battery life of a year (with a refresh every 3 seconds), and Texas Instruments’ 52 series board that allows one to run two protocols at once, amongst other things.
MuRata has designed their own wearable solution specifically for fitness tracking. The smartwatch-like platform connects to a host device via Bluetooth which then pulls the data from the wearable while also providing a real-time readout of the sensor’s current readings. The wearable can track heart rate, skin temperature, and blood pressure. It also has NFC, and can charge wirelessly from a dock.MuRata provides various component and sensor required for designing this type of smart wearable.
Murata’s BCG sensor does not even need to be attached to the body in order to read its condition. It connects to the leg of an armchair or the bottom of the bed. Using a Texas Instruments microprocessor, the sensor connects over WiFi and provides readouts. The company here shows their prototype module for which a WiFi module has not yet been developed, as mentioned.
Epson uses a projector that employs a laser light as one of the sources along with the usual light rays that pass through RGB colours. This is claimed to add vivid colour to the resulting picture and an unmatched contrast ratio amongst projectors. It is also expected to last extremely long, coming in rated for 30,000 hrs out of the box. Projection at 4K resolution is also one of the highlights.