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.
Rapiro is a humanoid robot kit that includes 12 servo motors, RGB LED lights for the “eyes”, an Arduino base (upgradeable to Raspberry Pi) to bring robotics to the masses. The kit can be used out of the box even without any programming. The kit is available for around $400 in Japan.
Tokyo-based Aroma Bit showcases their odor imaging sensor technology, they claim to be able to make a unique sensor to analyze the subjective matter of smell, rather than simply to analyze the contents of the gas. The setup on display shows how a bottle opened nearby produces a digital odor signature on the screen. The sensor prototype is mounted on an SD card. The device learns about the signature of each smell it encounters, becoming smarter.
For more information visit: http://www.aromabit.com
Smart glasses are a big draw for Murata: the sunglasses shown here are to be used to control home appliances. The company representative demonstrates the switching of a light on or off using controls mounted on the side of the glasses, where they would rest on the ears, along the side. It features Bluetooth, pressure sensor and Infrared.
For more information visit : www.murata.com/
The Wena Wrist is a smart watch that offers notifications through vibrations and a small LED light on the band, wallet payment compatible with the Japan-only Felica standard, and can go for as long as a week between charges. The watch itself is a typical analogue watch (available with a chronograph face) and so it can go on for much longer. The wena wrist charges through its own proprietary cradle.
For more information visit : first-flight.sony.com/pj/5/wenawrist
MakersHub is a company that fosters development and growth of new products. On display here is a range of co-developed products: their helmet outfitted with haptic feedback (vibrations), responding to a touch input elsewhere, a glass cube that detects touch and makes a noise, and a doorknob that alerts touch.
At the Rohm booth there was a remote controlled 31gram bird flapping around, here's an interview with the creator.