Interviews with the Thinkers and Tinkerers of the INNO-vation Program

The “Aquaman” of Japan

Yosuke Furusawa

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

“Soft thinking” – a camera to capture softness

Takahito Aoto

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

Chicks, Sex and Tech; How AI Could Revolutionize the Chick Sexing

Yusuke Nakano

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

VFX; inheriting the legacy of SFX from Japanese movies

Tomoyuki Miyake

At 19 years old, Tomoyuki Miyake is fascinated by Tokusatsu, a Japanese movie genre with high amounts of special effects, including Godzilla and Gamera and has been pursuing CG and VFX techno

A handy tool for easy, stress-free clinical examinations!

Naoki Ohmiya

Prof. Naoki Ohmiya (Chairman, Department of Gastroenterology, Fujita Health University) is developing a "magnetically-controlled whole gastrointestinal tract capsule endoscope"

Small fabric - big impact

Keiichi Torimitsu

Keiichi Torimitsu (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University) is passionate about the lifestyles that pioneering, multi-functional fabrics will produce in the near future

Can an irresistibly lovable robot be produced?

Yoshihiro Sejima

The research interest of Yoshihiro Sejima (Associate Professor, Faculty of Informatics at Kansai University) is gaze communication and he is trying to create a robot with a twinkle in its eye

Reshape and Reprint: the Potential of a 3D Solid Knitting Machine

Yuichi Hirose

Yuichi Hirose, a freelance engineer, bets his life on development of the 3D solid knitting machine

From ancient Japanese martial arts to the creation of a sports robot that can communicate with people

Kazutoshi Tanaka

Kazutoshi Tanaka (a researcher of sporting robots) is busy developing a robot that can be a companion to human beings in a variety of scenarios

An “Incontinence” Entertainment Experience! A New Exploration of Senses Through the Simulation of Peeing Yourself!

Takayuki Kameoka

Takayuki Kameoka (University of Electro-Communications Master’s Program Year 2, Kajimoto Lab) transforms “incontinence experience systems” to entertainment content

Flying robot swarms at World Expo 2025, Osaka, after missing deadlines for the Tokyo Olympics

Takanobu Watanabe

Takanobu Watanabe (Waseda University, Professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering) envisions a future of multi-point environmental sensing on a global scale

Media Artist Etsuko Ichihara’s Ambition

Etsuko Ichihara

Use Technology to Highlight Japan-ness

How One Young Scientist Developed a Semi-Portable CO2 Collection Device

Kazumi Muraki

Teen scientist Kazumi Muraki is working to create just about “anything” from carbon dioxide in the air.

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