cars without drivers, glasses that translate in real time and high definition televisions that turn into mirrors when they are disconnected are some of the news of the technology hall Ceatec, which opened the doors this week near Tokyo.
The most important meeting of Japanese technology lovers, which lasts five days until Saturday, offers compact, discrete and intelligent products this year.
One of the stars of the event is Nissan’s fully automated, computer-controlled car that, with five cameras and sensors, manages to capture its surroundings and perfectly respect the route code.
“The stand-alone car is designed primarily as a driver’s support,” explains the scientist who heads the project at Nissan, and recalls that “90 percent of traffic accidents are the result of human error.”
“A standalone car is certainly safer because it has captors and cameras with capabilities that outperform humans,” which have a smaller field of view, especially at night, adds this specialist in electronic driving technologies.
He also highlights this year a small Toyota car, which resembles a covered motorcycle and has very precise navigation means that take into account the evolution of live traffic conditions.
Technologies for smartphones and other mobile devices also occupy a prominent place in this hall. The operator NTT Docomo presents, for example, a new camera-based interaction system, which allows you to instantly translate into English a text written in Japanese or in any other language you have chosen.
Another possible application for this device is the immediate association of a person with information such as their name, surname or occupation, provided that it is registered in the telephone contacts, all thanks to a system of recognition and identification of the face.
Sharp has unveiled several new 4K-format TV models and unprecedented thick screens, as well as a television that, instead of turning the black screen off, turns a mirror.
At Sharp’s booth, visitors will also be able to admire the protypes of professional robotic vacuum cleaners designed to clean office floors at night, or “talking” devices to explain how they work themselves.
Murata conceived, on the other hand, a very practical apparatus, a type of kitchen device with 30 buttons, to which food is attributed. When one of these foods is missing or finished in the refrigerator, the corresponding button is pressed and the product in question is automatically added to a shopping list that can be consulted on the smartphone.
200.000 people visit every year this event, which this year receives 600 exhibitors under the theme “smart technologies of the future”. This theme reflects an increasingly social approach to technologies, with a special interest of Japanese groups in medical technologies.
Sharp has developed, for example, a futuristic seat in which the patient sits down to simultaneously measure their body mass, blood pressure and pulse, receiving immediate advice to improve their physical condition.
NEC has created a portable printer-sized genetic analysis system designed to recognize bodies during natural disasters or criminal investigations.