CNBC Asia: Sun 16 Nov, 2014
METRO TV:Sat 22 Nov, 2014
USTREAM: Tue 18 Nov, 2014
NIKKEI CNBC:Sun 16 Nov, 2014
Computer gaming is continuing to evolve and with the spread of smartphones in recent years, networked games are going mainstream, attracting a large following of players. At the recently-held Tokyo Game Show, numerous online and networked games were being promoted, from those that incorporate the latest technology to others offering novel concepts. This report also looks at the growth of the gaming market in Asia.
A company boasting the top global market share in car transmissions previously spent 60,000 dollars a year just on electricity to power factory carts. But a new model has been developed that runs without motors or external power sources. The idea was hatched from mechanical dolls popular 200 years ago in Japan. We find out how this ultimate energy-saving cart was developed.
PROJECT JAPAN *
The Tokyo Game Show held this autumn showcased various games reflecting the spread of smartphones and PCs worldwide. Also being promoted were games consoles that incorporate the latest technology and still boast a strong base of fans. Another noticeable trend was the rise of independent developers who are attracting attention in an industry where big-budget companies dominate. We take a look at the latest trends in computer entertainment.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
Multicopters are equipped with several rotors. Unlike conventional radio-controlled helicopters, they are highly stable and equipped with cameras for aerial photography, generating interest from hobbyists in recent years. About 1,500 multicopters a month are said to have been sold in Japan last year, with growing adoption by businesses such as a security firm that launched a trial service in October to inspect solar power facilities from the sky. We report on how the multicopter market is poised to lift off.
WORLD BUSINESS SATELLITE
With the introduction of a new Building Standards Act in 2000, many wooden-type homes that previously met earthquake resistance requirements have been determined to be at “high risk of collapse”. That is putting the spotlight on renovations to make residences more resistant to not only earthquakes, but fires as well. We introduce new technologies and techniques that allow homes to be “earthquake-proofed” without having to be rebuilt.
Nikkei Online Edition *
3D printers are increasingly being adopted by major manufacturers and individual designers. Amid this, interest in devices that work with metal has been growing. High costs for both equipment and materials, as well as limitations on the type of metal that can be used, have held back the market for such printers. We look at new research that offers potential solutions to these issues.
Factory trolleys have been developed based on a 200-year-old mechanical doll. The “non-powered automatic carrier system” doesn’t rely on motors or electricity and allowed one manufacturer to achieve the ultimate in energy conservation. We report on how traditional mechanical doll technology is being put to work at a modern factory.
Dawn of GAIA *
Japanese home builders are starting to expand globally and gaining a reputation for their detail-oriented and functional designs. Constructing a house involves a number of different companies, including makers of roofs, walls, doors, window frames, bathrooms and kitchens. Many of these products may be familiar to consumers, but little attention is given to how they are actually developed. We put the spotlight on businesses supporting the home-building industry behind the scenes.
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