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.
Creww is a platform that aims to connect startups with enterprises and with each other. The company also allows crowdfunding platforms to approach them in order to run campaigns for their startups. As an example, Toyota is shown to have approached Creww with the offer of providing customer data, test vehicles and even investment in order to make their project work. The company is currently based in Tokyo and expanding to different parts of Asia.
Garapon has on display their TV recording hardware device called GaraponTV 4, capable of recording up to 8 channels simultaneously. It comes equipped with an internal hard drive and can broadcast recorded shows to connected devices wirelessly. The device is built to stream video with a bit rate of 400kbps for smooth streaming on 3G when broadcasted to mobile devices, going up to 3.2Mbps. It costs approx. US$300.
The MASHUP awards claim to be one of Japan’s largest development contests, featuring applicants from university students and the like. Here we see a small sensor that attaches to the wrist and ankle of the wearer, allowing motion control during games. The other demo is of a foot-mounted sensor that records footsteps walked across the exhibition floor, as well as a short game demo when the wearer jumps.
NAVVIS is a Tokyo-based company that is showing their 3D spatial mapping technology – using a combination of lasers, multiple cameras in different directions and a display unit, the setup is moved about on the exhibition floor, with immediate results showing variables (moving objects such as people) in a different shade from statics (walls, floor, stalls etc). The company also has a lineup of IoT products, wireless technologies and a drone.