What do Discman, Tamagotchi and Game Boy have in common?
All of these are Japan’s groundbreaking inventions of the 1980s and 1990s, symbolizing the times when Asian countries were world leaders in innovation.
But with the rise of Silicon Valley, American technology giants such as Google and Apple have seen Japan not producing the technology that defines the era for the past two decades.
That is Professor Masahiko Tsukamoto’s Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe UniversityIs changing thanks to a new generation of young entrepreneurs, an increasing number of international collaborations, and new partnerships with university scientists.
The focus of Japan this time is not on smartphones and games, but on wearable chairs, smart glasses, and dog communication devices.
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In 2013, Japan sold 530,000 wearable technology devices. Yano Research Institute..
That number is projected to jump to 13.1 million units in 2017.
Perhaps the best sign of the industry boom was the first introduction in Tokyo. Wearable Expo 2015 -At the time of launch, it was the world’s largest wearable technology trade fair with 103 exhibitors participating.
It is equipped with an electronic kimono for recording the movements of the pianist’s fingers, a communication device for cats, and electronic gloves.
At the next show from January 18th to 20th, 2017, the organizers expect more than 200 exhibitors and 19,000 visitors.
“With better features, lighter components, and smaller designs, wearing a device is no longer an illusion,” says show director Hirohiko Maezono. “Wearables are gaining attention as the next big growth market.”
Inupathy Is a dog harness scheduled for release later this year that allows pet owners to communicate with their dogs.
The harness features not only a heart monitor, but also noise canceling technology that can isolate the animal’s heartbeat and track its response to stimuli such as food, games, people and toys.
Using this data, the harness assesses the dog’s mood and changes color to inform the owner.
Equipped with 6 LED lights, the collar glows blue to show calm, red shows excitement and displays a rainbow theme to show happiness.
Inupathy CEO Joji Yamaguchi was inspired by Akane Corgi, a nervous puppy. To better understand the dog’s anxiety, biologists have developed Inupathy to monitor his heart rate.
“I didn’t really understand Akane, so I wanted to get closer,” says Yamaguchi.
“Buddhism and old Japanese religions say that every animal, plant, and even rock has a spirit. It’s stressful when you can’t solve the problems that confuse them.”
Yamaguchi hopes that wearable wellness tracking will also apply to humans.
“Personalization of artificial intelligence will be a game changer,” says Yamaguchi.
“For example, if you show a certain behavior before you start feeling depression, predicting depression from that behavior is very valuable to the individual. The AI that works personally for you is the final Makes this possible. ”
Archelis The wearable chair released in Japan this year has attracted a lot of attention internationally.
The collaboration between the Nitto Mold Factory of Chiba University Nippon Polymer Technology and Hiroaki Nishimura Design of Japan was initially aimed at surgeons who needed to rest their feet during long-term surgery.
The chair allows the wearer to sit effectively and stand up at the same time.
“The Alkeris concept is as simple as the Columbus egg,” says Dr. Hiroshi Kawahira, the surgeon behind the concept. “Long-term surgery can cause back pain, neck pain, and knee pain, especially for older surgeons.”
Archelis is made of 3D printed panels and does not require electrical components or batteries.
Innovation lies in effective design. Flexible carbon panels wrap around the buttocks, legs and feet to provide support and minimize pressure on the joints.
This system stabilizes the ankles and knees so that the pressure from standing upright is evenly distributed to the shins and thighs.
The wearer appears to be standing, but in reality, he is resting his back and legs while moving his legs.
Other wearables are on the smaller side.
About 3 inches long, BIRD is essentially a modern thimble that turns your fingertips into a magic wand.
The device, which uses algorithms to decode the user’s intent, also features accurate sensors that track direction, speed, and gestures.
This technology allows users to turn any surface into a smart screen or interact with other smart devices.
As you roam the house, users can project their laptop screen onto the wall, switch on their coffee machine, read in every aspect, and buy online with their fingertips or swipe.
Developers (Israel-based MUV Interactive and Japan-based Silicon Technology) are hoping that BIRD will be accepted by the education and enterprise sector as they can create collaborative presentations.