In this corner, we will cover special exhibition booths
that introduces various technologies and services in conjunction
with the theme of the “New Value Creation Exhibition 2019”
held at Tokyo Big Sight in November 2019.
This article is a report on the special exhibition for SDGs.
Zone concept panel in the venue
The following is a report format introducing corporate booths which were part of "the special exhibition on SDGs."
Paper powder based "MAPKA" and "earth republic" were developed by the world's only company with the technology to crush paper into powder. This new material is gaining global prominence as a substitute for plastic raw materials. "MAPKA" contains 51% paper powder from waste paper (mill waste) from a paper company, greatly reducing the amount of plastic used. "earth republic" is a foam of paper powder, industrial starch, and PP resin. The booth has food trays and daily necessities made from "MAPKA" displayed, and presents examples of the use of "earth republic" as a cooling agent, cushioning material, and building insulation. With marine plastics becoming a global issue, it was emphasized that using these new materials could greatly contribute to solving garbage problems and to CO2 reduction.
The company proposes a "Lifetime Health Bank" that administers, analyzes, and uses health information over your lifetime as a personal health asset. Here, you can deposit a "body score," "muscle score," and "metabolic score" that visualize your overall health. The exhibition booth offers a service that measures the "muscle score" and "metabolic score" and provides the results on the spot. The company emphasized that it can be used as a welfare service for employee health management.
The company uses numerical ocean models and data assimilation technology to provide services to people in the fishing industry, contributing to sustainable fisheries that do not rely solely on the "experience" of veteran fishermen. The booth displays the "FishersNavi" which provides the latest data 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on sea temperature, which is important information for choosing a fishing ground, and "SEAoME" which predicts changes in water temperature, salinity, flow velocity, and sea level in certain sea areas up to 14 days ahead. The actual service screen was displayed on the tablet screen to attract visitors.
The company is developing technology to produce various chemicals, such as amino acids and resin materials, from inedible biomass such as agricultural waste and food residues using the power of microorganisms. The booth displayed many use cases of the company's technology. One of them is Japan Airlines' "Fly using 100,000 clothes! The JAL Bio-Jet Fuel Flight" project uses the company's technology to produce bio-jet fuel from used clothing collected from around the country.
The booth presented the company's unique recycling business in detail. Decomposes food waste (garbage) from food manufacturing factories, restaurants, and supermarkets by methane fermentation to produce biogas. The company produces electricity and city gas from this biogas, and sells it to power and gas companies. The booth emphasized that this process is carried out at the company's facility in Ota-ku, Tokyo and contributes significantly to garbage disposal and CO2 reduction.
The company has rolled out a business centered on "stacked thermoelectric power generation units" that applies the research results of AIST, and proposes to use thermoelectric conversion technology to effectively use waste heat to generate electricity. This unit can generate about 12V using the temperature difference between hot and cold water. The booth had a demonstration of running an N gauge train with electricity generated by the unit. In addition, a demonstration was conducted in which an LED light bulb glowed by only the heat of your palm, which highlighted thermoelectric power generation for visitors.
"Yure-Mas" is an earthquake prediction information service for earthquakes under the capital. The booth introduced the principle of a system that uses the speed difference between P waves and S waves during an earthquake, and a demonstration screen sent to smartphones. It also presented case studies at a real estate company that owns semiconductor factories, skyscrapers, hotels, and shopping malls. The booth emphasized that damage can be minimized by learning that an earthquake is occurring a few seconds before the main shock arrives.
The smart apparel "e-Skin" is a system that makes possible easy motion capture without the need for a camera, simply by wearing a suit with a built-in sensor. Data on body movements is obtained with ease, which is used for gait analysis in rehabilitation, and has begun to be applied to form analysis for athletes. The booth displays the movement of the staff wearing e-Skin on the monitor screen in real time, which has promising future applications in a wide range of fields.
Introducing a nano-mesh sensor that is ultra-thin and ultra-light, allows skin respiration, and does not weigh down the wearer even when worn for a long time. Researchers say you even forget you're wearing it. A signal is sent from an electric circuit with vacuum-deposited gold, so attaching it to for example a patient with heart disease makes it possible to obtain electrocardiograph data for 24 hours, creating a healthy and reliable monitoring service. The sensor was there at the booth to touch directly, revealing how thin it is.
At the evacuation centers in Chiba and Nagano prefectures which were severely damaged by Typhoon No. 15 in September 2019 and Typhoon No. 19 in October, the company's "WOTA BOX" provided warm showers to victims. The system works by circulating 100 liters of water while filtering it through a proprietary filter device, so 100 people can use it. The booth displayed the complete WOTA BOX set, which includes a circulation system, a water heater, a shower tent, and tanks, and was very popular among visitors.
The avatar robot "OriHime" stands in for people who cannot go out due to illness or disability, enabling communication with remote places. OriHime can be operated from a PC or tablet, and its simple design with green eyes, moving arms, and a face creates the impression of a person being there. The booth presented cases of intractable ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) patients using OriHime, and also highlighted its use for telework.