Category Archives: software

Toyota invests in computer science and human-machine interaction aiming at reducing highway injuries and fatalities

AI (Picture - micronobal.com)

AI (Picture – micronobal.com)

 

“Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced on September 4, 2015 that it would invest approximately $50 million over the next 5 years to establish joint research centers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University  to broaden its focus on computer science and human-machine interaction with an immediate goal of reducing highway injuries and fatalities.

As we age, mobility becomes more challenging; and larger segments of society are unable to drive or move freely. Also, the demands on healthcare systems and those who support the physically infirm continue to increase. Toyota believes the opportunities to improve every-day living through artificial intelligence supported technologies are boundless, with significant breakthrough potential for the development of life-saving intelligent vehicles and life-improving robots.”  (Toyota Newsroom)

 

 

Is Artificial Intelligence Research the key to our future challenges? What is your take on this?

More details from:

http://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/detail/9233109/

https://livestream.com/Toyota/PressConference

 

 

Advertisements

NEW PUBLICATION: “Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 – working together for a better future”

"Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 - working together for a better future"

“Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 – working together for a better future”

 

Hello everyone,

GBMC has just released a new publication, which we would like to submit to your attention.  (Constructive) comments are welcome!

Please do not consider this as “spam”, as you do not have to buy anything (but, of course, you are welcome to)  and as there is a free sample available (13 Interviews) for your reading!!!

More info from our website at:

“Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 – working together for a better future”

 


Is Japan’s huge Music Market behind?

Music streaming service in Japan

Music streaming service in Japan

 

“Google has launched a music streaming service in Japan, becoming the latest tech giant to push into the world’s No. 2 music market, despite mixed results among earlier arrivals.

The U.S. company said that its Japanese edition of Google Play Music features more than 35 million tunes available at a cost of ¥980 ($8) a month.

The launch came after similar services debuted in Japan this year by Apple, popular messaging app Line, and a joint venture by IT firm CyberAgent and Japanese music giant Avex Group.

Japan is the world’s second-largest music market, estimated to be worth $2.6 billion in 2014, after the $4.8 billion U.S. market, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan.

But packaged media such as CDs account for about 80 percent of Japanese music sales, contrasting sharply with the U.S. market where digital downloads are soaring.”

 

(Global) Key players in Music Streaming seem to be late in entering the huge Japanese Music Market. Packaged Media (CDs) are still predominant and far more popular than digital downloads in the “country of the walkman”, where the latest electronics gadgets and mobile phones have always been welcomed!  Is Japan’s huge Music Market behind? And for how long? What do you think?

 

Read more from:

Is Japan’s huge Music Market behind?

 


SIM card vending machines: how more convenient can Japan be?

A prepaid SIM card vending machine at Narita International Airport in Narita in Chiba Prefecture (Shoichi Otsu, Asahi Shimbun)

A prepaid SIM card vending machine at Narita International Airport in Narita in Chiba Prefecture (Shoichi Otsu, Asahi Shimbun)

 

“NTT Communications Corp. has installed vending machines for prepaid SIM cards at Narita International Airport, offering an easy option for users to activate their mobile phones and other devices on arrival.

Users simply scan their passports to register identification information.

The machines operate around the clock. One is in the arrival lobby of Terminal 1 and the other is in the arrival lobby of Terminal 2.

NTT Communications installed the machines because of the continuing rise in foreign visitor arrivals.

Previously, SIM cards were only available at stores in the airport.” (The Asahi Shimbun)

 

In the country of convenience stores (“conbini” in Japanese) and of all kinds of vending machines, SIM cards can be bought now from  vending machines: how more convenient can Japan be? What do you think?

 

Read more from:

SIM card vending machines: how more convenient can Japan be?

 


Japan: Robots helping to reduce farmers’ and fishers’ workload!

Robots for farming and fishing (from The Yomiuri Shimbun)

Robots for farming and fishing (from The Yomiuri Shimbun)

“Research institutes and universities in Japan are developing robots to play an active part in the primary industries of agriculture and fisheries, which are suffering from aging workers and a lack of manpower. The robots are intended to alleviate the farmers’ workload and improve the quality of crops.

The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry actively supports the move with the idea of “making good use of Japan’s robotics technology, which has long been utilized mainly in factories, now in the field of agriculture.”

The central government set a goal in January to quadruple the size of the robot market to ¥2.4 trillion by 2020, and the primary industries are positioned as a crucial field in which to utilize the robots.

The average age of farmers in Japan was 66.7 in 2014, with 64 percent of them 65 or older. Under the circumstances, there is great interest in using robots to make up for a shortfall in agricultural manpower.” (The Yomiuri Shimbun)

 

These are all great applications for Robotics Technology whose future seems bright. The next challenge is commercialisation! What do you think?

 

 

Read more from:

Japan: Robots helping to reduce farmers’ and fishers’ workload!

 


FrenchTech : 2015 Ranking of the 100 most innovating startups in France

La French Tech (source maddyness)

La French Tech (source maddyness)

EBG’s Top 100 ranking (2015) is based on various criteria such as technological innovation, the business model, the funds raised, maximum 5 years of age …..

The list contains the following categories:

– Marketing and eCommerce

Alkemics, The Beautyst, Fitizzy, Howtank, TVTY, Holimetrix, Antvoice, Realytics, Mediabong, Data Publica, Fitle, Toky Woky, Search XPR, Vigiglobe, Braineet, Evercontact, Dolmen Technologies, Videodesk, Clic2buy, Lucky Cart, Shippeo, Itinsell, LabSense

– Internet of Things

Matooma, Myfox, Actility, Busit, RED Luxury, Drust, Optiflows, Sevenhugs

– Big Data

OpenDataSoft, Semsoft, PredicSis, Cogniteev, Dataiku, Lokad, Heuritech, Flaminem

– Fintech

Paymium, Weeleo, Fundshop, Kantox,The Assets, Marie Quantier, SmartAngels, Lendix, Antelop Payments,Finsquare, Scaled Risk, Anatech, Unilend,Yoyowallet, Finexkap

– Mobile and Media

Adyoulike, Dynadmic, Vidcoin, Wildmoka, Ogury, Pretty Simple, AdotMob, Sublime Skinz

– Organisation’s Productivity

Azendoo, SimpliField, InterCloud, Tryane, Yseop, Algolia, Keycoopt, Bubblz, BiBOARD, Azalead, Advanseez et SmartPanda

– Disruption and New Concept

Snips, DigiSchool, Smart Me Up, Redbird, Sepage, Mip Robotics, Koolicar, Ceetiz, Plume Labs, Uplike, Blue Frog Robotics, Coephe, The Bubbles Company, Streamdata

– eHealthcare

1001 Pharmacies, Feeligreen, Smokio, Data Med Care, Care Labs, Kresterion, Umanlife, Santech, BodyCap, Ad Scientiam, Genepred.

More info from:

FrenchTech : 2015 Ranking of the 100 most innovating startups in France

(Source: Maddyness.com and EBG = Electronic Business Group)

 


Is Japan experiencing a Robot Revolution?

Japanese robot on the moon

Japanese robot on the moon

 

“Japan is one of the few countries in the world likely to experience something that popular movies have predicted for years: a robot revolution. With PM Abe’s release of his plans for economic structural reform, the topic of creating a Robot Revolution Realization Council came to fruition. The premise of this council is to examine the possibility of introducing more robots into sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, and even nursing care to help foster growth in Japan.”    (Riley Walters, The Daily Signal)

More insight from:

Is Japan experiencing a Robot Revolution?

 


Insights on the “self-driving vehicle revolution”

The self-driving vehicle revolution (Mac Kinsey)

The self-driving vehicle revolution (Mac Kinsey)

 

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) represent a major innovation for the automotive industry, but their potential impact with respect to timing, uptake, and penetration remains hazy. While high levels of uncertainty currently surround the issue, the ultimate role that AVs could play regarding the economy, mobility, and society as a whole could be profound.” (Mc Kinsey)

Great insights from Mc Kinsey !! Read more from:  The self-driving vehicle revolution

As well as a last minute addition: the MSN post “15 ways self-driving cars could change your life”:

15 ways self-driving cars could change your life

 

 


OHaNAS: get a Japanese Robot Friend (友達 ) and pratice your Japanese !!

OHaNAS (picture: Japan Times)

OHaNAS (picture: Japan Times)

 

Tomy Co  introduced a conversation robot jointly developed with NTT Docomo Inc. that it claims can hold “natural” conversations with people.

“We want to develop toys that are not only for play, but also for jumping into people’s everyday lives to make them more convenient,” said Tomy COO H.G. Meiji.

The robot, Ohanas, is scheduled for release on Oct. 1 (in Japanese only) and converses with help from a cloud-based conversation database that Docomo calls the “natural-language dialogue platform,” the two firms said.

Check out the Video:

OHaNas: get a Japanese Robot Friend (友達 )!!

and the article (source: Japan Times)

OHaNas: get a Japanese Robot Friend (友達 )!!

 

 


Model “Smart Homes” for display in Japan!

Smart Homes

Smart Homes

 

Check out the following Video:

Toshiba, Honda and Sekisui House Bring the Future to the Present with a Real-World Smart Home”

The three companies created together a newly-built, fully livable, two-household model home that envisions a lifetime of comfort and sustainability, and embodies the goal of a zero carbon emission lifestyle by the year 2020. This model home is being used to test and verify technologies for future lifestyles by putting them into practical use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjO5SkHGYHQ&spfreload=10

 

 


%d bloggers like this: