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Unkore, an app utilizing poop and beatiful girls to help with early detection of colorectal cancers

2019

Yousuke Ishii graduated from Kochi University in 2010 and is the CEO of omniheal, Inc. as well as the Chairman of the Japanese Unko [Poop] Society (Unkogakkai), the co-representative of Ouchino Meguro Clinic, and the representative of theAkihabara Save Clinic. While performing surgery as a gastrointestinal surgeon, he felt there were issues in early detection of colorectal cancer and decided to develop "Unkore" and the Japanese Unko Society, aiming to offer medical information in a more enjoyable way. In addition, he enrolled to the Digital Hollywood University Graduate School and also holds a Master's degree in Digital Content management. He has worked as a medical engineer at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) as well as being a consultant for Hays plc.

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A Computerized Earring

2014

Kazuhiro Taniguchi describes his most charming feature to be his 'big ears,' and his tech offers a place for your ears to call home. Considering ears to be one of the most important organs to have throughout your life, Taniguchi has applied his background of engineering to help build a smarter, funner, and healthier attachment for your ears, bringing an extra helping hand to one of our key senses.

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UDAR: The Next-Generation Electronic Musical Instrument

2015

Born in Osaka, 1981, Michinobu Uda is the developer of Udar and an avid "Udarist." After enrolling at the University of Electro-Communications, Uda began to learn classical guitar. At this time, questions about standard tuning began to arise, "isn't there a better tuning," and "what is CDEFGAB anyway?" This spawned the idea of Udar, an instrument to solve these questions he pondered. Since then, he has been nonstop developing Udar and is currently in development for version 6.0.x which aims to achieve the initial goals of ver. 5.x. YouTube

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A Highly Reliable Embedded OS / Biogroup Control

2015

Yosuke Furusawa was born in Takizawa, Iwate in 1982. He has been involved in the launch of the production design and development of the welfare and medical Robot-suit HAL since he started working for CYBERDYNE Inc, including the acquisition of ISO13482 and ISO13485 certifications. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he retired from his company and returned to his hometown in Iwate to establish Homura Heavy Industries Corporation.

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A Superhuman Suit to "Feel" Your Surroundings

2015

Kanagawa University Faculty of Engineering Department of Industrial Engineering and Management 2011/04~2015/03 Assistant Professor, National Institute of Technology, Kurume College 2015/04~2016/03 Associate Professor, National Institute of Technology, Kurume College 2016/04~ Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Faculty of Engineering, Kanagawa University Robotics, Intelligent Mechanical Systems, Measurement Engineering, Design Engineering

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The Pursuit of Realistic Building Destruction Videos using CG

2016

Miyake was born in Tokyo in 2000 and has entered the Department of Composite Culture, Faculty of Education, Waseda University. The VFX film "2045," which was released in his third year of junior high school, has been viewed over 1.5 million times. He is currently working part-time at a video production company in Tokyo. YouTube

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The Digital Shaman Project

2016

Etsuko Ichihara is a media artist and “inventor who turns delusions into reality.” She has a bachelor’s degree from Waseda University’s School of Culture, Media and Society, where she majored in the Studies of Media, Body and Image. She left Yahoo! Japan in 2016 and has since worked as a freelancer. She has been creating artworks that interpret Japanese culture, customs and beliefs from a unique point of view, and present new, technology-based approaches. She has been featured across the globe for her work. Ichihara also received the Excellence Award at the 20th Japan Media Arts Festival, and won an Honorary Mention (Interactive Art+) in PRIX Ars Electronica 2018. She has recently been appointed as an expert committee member for the "Workshop on Basic Concepts of the Japan Pavilion" for the Japan Pavilion at the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.

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UNEUNEWARAWARA Animatronics

2016

Technology (Patents) Akira Nakayasu - Linear Actuator and Robot with Use of Linear Actuator, Japanese Patent Application 2020-12382 Akira Nakayasu - Three-Dimensional Motion Display Device, Illumination Device, and Method for Sending Information, Japanese Patent Application 2020-12383 Akira Nakayasu - Linear Actuator, Japanese Patent Application 2019-13412 Akira Nakayasu - Three-dimensional Motion Display Device and Method for Controlling the Same, Japanese Patent Application 2017-16491 Akira Nakayasu - Three-Dimensional Display Device, Japanese Patent Application 2017-164918. Works, Awards Tentacle Flora (2018)  Aesthetica Art Prize Longlist 2020、SIGGRAPH 2019 Art Gallery、ALife Art Award 2018 Special Jury Prize Luminescent Tentacles (2016)  SIGGRAPH ASIA 2016 Art Gallery, UIST 2016 Best Demo, Asia Digital Art Awards Exhibition 2016 Interactive Art Category Excellence Award Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Innovative Technologies 2016, 1st Hakura Award VR Technology Encouragement Award, Montzukuri Bunka HAJIME ASAOKA Award

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Development of an "Fluidized Bed Interface" Using the Fluidized Bed Phenomenon to Liquefy Granular Material

2017

Visiting Professor, Department of Comprehensive Machinery, Monozukuri University Undergraduate Education and Research Cooperator, Faculty of Science Faculty of Science, Ochanomizu University Yasushi Matoba graduated from the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Shinshu University, and went on to work at Honda Institute of Technology where he researched automobile materials in addition to operating a care facility for those suffering from dementia. In addition, he enrolled as a visiting professor at Monozukuri University. Matoba is researching a new interface to fuse the virtual world with real objects. He has won a number of achievements including exhibitions at ACM SIGGRAPH (Art Gallery,Emerging Technologies) and Ars Technica, and awards at events such as "Digital Content Grand Prix," "Interactive Art Award," the Laval Virtual Awards 2013 Grand Prix, the Asian Digital Art Awards Exhibition and Interactive Art Excellence Award category and the WBS Tray Tama (2013, 2017).

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CARS-α: A Global Warming Countermeasure - A Machine Directly Recovering CO2 from the Atmosphere

2017

Born in 2000, this young researcher has one goal: stop global warming. Even from elementary school, Kazumi Muraki began studying and researching how to solve the carbon dioxide crisis as well as human migration to Mars. After graduating from the INNO-vation Program with the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Muraki entered Tokyo University to study engineering to realize his dreams of helping the world. In 2019, he was named as one of Forbes Japan 30 under 30, 2019, science division as someone who will change the world. Despite ongoing study at University, Muraki has already founded his own independent company, CRRA, with the goal to stop global warming and work towards being the first Martian of mankind.

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Magnetically-Guided Capsule Endoscopy for the Whole Digestive Tract

2018

Naoki Ohmiya received his M.D. in 1988, and his Ph.D. in 1995. He was a research fellow at The Burnham Institute (San Diego, California) in 1997-8, an assistant and associate professor at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Nagoya University Hospital in 2001-13, an associate professor at the Department of Gastroenterology, Fujita Health University in 2013-2015. He has been a professor and chairman of the Department of Gastroenterology at Fujita Health University. His research fields include endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of gastroduodenal diseases, capsule endoscopies, small bowel diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, fecal microbiota transplantation, molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis in the alimentary tract, and biomarker development of gastrointestinal tumors.

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The Urinary Incontinence Experience Device

2018

Kajimoto Laboratory, The University of Electro-Communications, D1. Established the “Incontinence Study Group” in 2014, and has since developed incontinence experience devices as a representative. His specialty field is VR, especially elucidation of the mechanism of the tactile perception and development of haptics devices. Related URL: - Personal Page at his Laboratory

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Development of a "Glowing Pupil's" Interface to Attract People

2018

Yoshihiro Sejima was born in 1982. He received his Ph.D. from Okayama Prefectural University in 2010. He is currently an associate professor at Kansai University. His research interests include human-robot interaction and social robotics. He received the ‘KAZUO TANIE AWARD (Most Outstanding Research Award)’ at IEEE RO-MAN2015. Related URL: - http://www2.kansai-u.ac.jp/hri/

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A Humanoid Table Tennis Robot to Read the Movements of Humans

2018

Kazutoshi Tanaka is a researcher who develops robots that can play sports. Born in Tokyo prefecture in 1987, he received his PhD from the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, in 2017. He is a senior researcher of OMRON SINIC X Corporation. He received ‘The 33rd Young Investigation Excellence Award’ in 2018 from The Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ). Related URLs: - Diabolo Robot - Humanoid robot plays volleyball - A Robot that Reproduces the Tricks of an Ancient Martial Arts Master

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Identification of Newborn Chicken's Sex By AI

2018

Yusuke Nakano was born in 1975 and attended both Waseda University (Faculty of Political Science and Economics, 1998) and Kagawa University (Master of Engineering, 2003). Nakano founded Denmark Co., Ltd. in 2000 and is currently the president and CEO. In the following years, Nakano has made other fantastic achievements: 2010, Contracted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Strategic Information and Communications, R&D Promotion System (SCOPE) 2011, Japan Science & Technology Agency: Adopted Research REsults Optimal Deployment Support Program (A-Step) 2017, Adopted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, for a project to promote regional revitalization with advanced technology. 2017, ABB YuMi Cup 2017 finalist 2018, ICT Business Model Discovery & Announcement National Convention: Won the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Director-General’s Award

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Solid Knitting Machine - The Machine Which Makes Physical Objects Updatable

2018

Yuichi Hirose conducted research on digital fabrication at Hiroya Tanaka Laboratory in Keio University. After finishing his Master’s Degree there, he worked for Roland DG as a mechanical engineer on 3D milling machines. Now, he has left the company and currently develops a Solid Knitting Machine, which automates Solid Knitting, a method he invented to knit solid objects from 3D data. YouTube Channel

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Autonomous Flight Control of a Vertical Take-off and Landing Flapping Flying Robot

2018

Takanobu Watanabe was born in 1972. He received the Ph. D. degree from Waseda University in 1999. He is currently a Professor at Waseda University. His research field includes electronic materials engineering and computational physics.

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"Wasted Creation" YouTube Channel

2019

Marina Fujiwara uses her keen sense of creativity to make seemingly 'useless' products to share on social networking sites. Her YouTube channel, 無駄づくり(MUDAZUKURI), meaning 'Wasted Creation', has amassed over 80, 000 subscribers, where she shares her artistic 'useless machines' to the world. Her work has been exhibited internationally and her videos have been viewed millions of times across the web.

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Time-writing Clock

2019

Kango Suzuki was born in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, in 1993, and went on to graduate from Tohoku University of Art and Design in Product Design. He was employed as a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) Engineer and has since begun freelance work as an artist.

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Interviews

2021/02/17 19:30

Yosuke Furusawa

The “Aquaman” of Japan

Breaking down the barrier separating reality and fantasy by manipulating the movement of fish

Furusawa isn’t a fisherman or a farmer, but you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise as he emerges from one of his giant water tanks clad in chest-high rubber waders. He’s an engineer, and he has created something that evokes comparisons to that American comic-book superhero of old, Aquaman. Furusawa has invented a way to talk to fish. It doesn’t use words, of course, but rather carefully crafted underwater electrical fields to direct and corral schools of fish like a sheepdog herds its flock. This might not sound like much of a superpower, but the device’s potential impact on the world is in fact supersized.

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The “Aquaman” of Japan

2020/06/05 18:00

Takahito Aoto

“Soft thinking” – a camera to capture softness

Dr. Takahito Aoto (University of Tsukuba) is working to develop a device that can measure the exact softness of materials without actually touching them

Is it gelatinous or doughy or simply limp...? The only way to determine the softness (and elasticity) of an object is by touching it and feeling for yourself. However, Dr. Aoto is currently engaged in research on a special kind of camera—a camera that “captures softness.” Since it accomplishes this simply by filming objects, the camera is, of course, non-contact, non-destructive, and non-invasive. It can determine how springy an object is based solely on the visual data that it collects.

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“Soft thinking” – a camera to capture softness

2020/05/22 18:00

Yusuke Nakano

Chicks, Sex and Tech

Using AI to solve the growing issue in the chick sexing industry

Yusuke Nakano is a specialist in making the invisible visible. Be he’s no mad scientist or magician – he’s a video-streaming expert with a trick up his sleeve.

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InnoUvators are individuals in society that have a mindset of continually undertaking challenges without fear of failure.

They are the creators of "something new from nothing," forming and implementing original ideas without being bound by preconceptions. In Japan, there are efforts to find and support such InnoUvators. This site introduces those visionaries, and the technologies born of their challenges.


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