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CEATEC is japan’s top tech show and It was held last week in Chiba, a city just outside of Tokyo. It usually an avenue to showcase some of japan’s latest tech designs, mostly consumers electronics. However, that’s no news, but this year’s show had a little bit of an unsual twist. The show’s organisers took to showcasing mostly IoT instead.  This changed the the atmosphere of the event, easily likened to a futuristic event set in the far future.

flexible battery
Am all for flexing phones and tablets, but one major obstacle stopping the realization of such technology has been being able to fabricate flexible, yet effective batteries. Alas, Panasonic wrote a different tech equation and keyed right into solving this qualms with a large showcase of its latest innovations and aspirations for the next three to five years. A flexible Lithium-Ion battery was a real show stopper, as the company in charge announced it was due for release at the end of this month.  The cell pack can be flexed, twisted or squeezed repeatedly without degrading its quality. Though it will most likely be used in wearable devices or smart clothing, but just maybe   my not-so secret dream of having a bendable smartphone before 2020 may come to fruition too.

I won’t be totally wrong if I say Panasonic can’t really do a showcase without a TV. Panasonic showed off a prototype TV. Quiet frankly, my calling this a TV did not come without a lot of second thoughts. This is more of an art work on a glass sheet.

One minute you are displaying an artwork by Da Vinci, And the next your probably using it watch Jurassic Park, all you need do is flick a switch

Flat screen TV’s be damned – in a space of not more than five years, you could have a clear glass display that transforms into a TV screen in few seconds. Am still trying to wrap my head about the technology behind it, but that’s probably a story for another day.

For the bedroom Panasonic threw in the a prototype smart mirror which can access your skin condition, spot out blemishes and then print nano-metre thick cover patches to allow you achieve the popular dream of a flawless complexion without having to put on a brick thick layers make-up products.

Think mirror

Panasonic were not the only one with a smart mirror in stock, Lenevo was also showing off the ThinkMirror. Lenevo’s prototype was more focused on lifestyle with an accompanying smart scale gets your body stats and then displays them. The smart mirror combines skin analysis and a smart scale. The ThinkMirror can also suggest exercises and probably how many calories you burnt taking it’s advice. However, unlike Panasonic’s prototype lenevo’s prototype stills has a long way to go before being ready for consumer market, the the company hinted the mirror will be ready by next year.

Fancy a good Asian massage? On the hospitality front is Inada’s Lupinus smart massage chair. With large pads in the foot and leg, the chair applies pressure along your limbs. The same goes for your arms which are usually neglected by most massage gadgets. The chair manipulates your body by stretching it before applying different massage techniques. It also has pads to clampdown on your shoulders allowing proper application of pressure. The chair has a display in the showing a queue of massage waiting to be applied and which one comes up next. Good comfort comes with a price, the massage chair is pricey enough to set you about £3,500 back.

Toyota was not left out of the tech fiesta. The Japanese auto maker’s biggest show-off at the event was nothing that looked like a car. It was a mini robot, Kirobi – the say its called. The tiny companion was officially announced on 3 October but will launch in Japan in early 2017. Pre-orders are now currently being accepted. Kirobi is far from being the perfect robot, but it’s a cute a cute little thing to have around. As you communicate with Kirobi it sends information back to the cloud and begins to develop its own memories. Not only will it realise and comment on arriving at a place a second time but each Kirobi is programmed to eventually have different personalities. The Kirobi acquire the personality of the user overtime and will inn theory be capable of behaving like its user – knowing its like and dislike. After about four years or even less, should you take one person’s Kirobi and swop it with another, they will have totally different memories stored and therefore have developed differently.

Toyota’s intention for creating the Kirobi is rather more of long term benefit than instant profit. The company wants to get closer to its customers by providing a personalised experience. For me, I think the logic is simple –  learn the users like and dislike and make products to suite popular demands. And we have to admit that, the name seems a little weird, but considering its Japanese, I think i’ll have to look  for another fault in this innocent looking mini robot.  The news about possible pricing – but it’s definitely not coming with an iphone 7 price tag.

OK…….. { This is totally unrelated but Just to add }  All VR lovers should watch out for Google’s Daydream and Oculus’s untethered VR headset. This two headsets are going to be game changers… Can’t wait to get a grip on them. Not a fan of VR? Well you sure are missing a lot. Ok, that’s enough, Over and Out.

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