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The world of the future from Japan: touch car, companion robots and inaccessible gadgets

The Japanese are ahead of the entire planet in introducing cutting-edge technology. How will the world change in the near future? Mail Hi-Tech is ready to show what the next generation Japanese technology can do. And if the incredible self-driving car is still a concept, then some clever things have already gone into a series and are used in particularly advanced cities.

It is hard to believe, but before 1918, people in Japan had to turn off the light every time they wanted to use another electric appliance, because the input for connecting was one. The Panasonic dual electropatron allowed to connect both that, and that. Thus began the 100-year history of the company, which now produces everything – from batteries to electric vehicles .

The most spectacular: an electric car that is crazy

Panasonic celebrated its 100th anniversary with the organization of the Innovation Forum. Here are collected all the development of the company: from a small patron to a huge autonomous electric-screen called Panasonic SPACe_L (see photos and videos below).

Of course, such a car is not a serial development. For the time being, only the salon “works” for it , but which one: consisting of huge screens of arbitrary shape (two 55 inches each and 77 inches each, like a top TV in 2018), which show any content or situation on the road. The salon is equipped with all sorts of attributes of the life of the future (according to the Japanese): transforming objects, traveling control panels and even a screen with face recognition designed for communication and control.

Noticed that there are no controls (steering wheel, pedals, etc.)? They are not intended for the roads and cities of the future in 2023. After 5 years, these cars will begin to appear on the roads of Japan, and later in other countries. Believe in it?

Among the autonomous electric cars Panasonic there is a project SPACe_C, a simpler version of the prototype SPACe_L, intended for other purposes. This is a school bus, the whole space of which is “sharpened” under the presence of children in it. For example, classes, interactive tasks and so on are displayed on the screens.

This could be an interactive stand: see how the facade of the car is changing . Are you having a party? It is necessary to drive one such machine, and the attention of the guests is assured. Suitable for advertising and for business events.

Collaboration with Tesla

The future of transport is electric cars. It is useless to argue with this, although it is Russia that resists technological progress. The battery market for transportation is growing at a tremendous pace. In 2016, Panasonic began cooperation with Tesla, namely its batteries are used in the American electric vehicles.

Panasonic has its own batteries, its own prototypes of autonomous electric cars, its own multimedia equipment systems, screens and other elements – the manufacturer is ready for the future of transport .

Tests of autonomous cars began in 2017, so with each exhibition (waiting for the January CES 2019), the Japanese concept becomes closer to reality.

Independent robots

The theme of transport is one of the main topics on the forum. The concept of an electric car is beautiful, spectacular, but there are more close to the reality of development.

For example, an autonomous loader, which without the participation of the operator can move cargo through the warehouse. Or robots that follow a man. Or robots that help you move, carry your luggage (although your suitcase will be able to drive after you).

All these gadgets are equipped with positioning technologies (do not crash into objects, keep speed) and a set of commands. For example, a cute assistant robot will open the lid if you sit down in front of him and allow you to put things in the camera, and then he will follow you briskly. And if you can’t move around, you can call up the automatically controlled Panasonic WHILL NEXT chair, and move quickly and comfortably.

Habitual robots (with a face-screen that can move and do some work) are also there. The HOSPI project appeared in the 16th year, since then more and more institutions use robots (not only HOSPI, but also other manufacturers). For example, at airports, such robots can tell how to get to the terminal, and at hospitals, HOSPIs should increase the efficiency of medical staff by freeing them from routine tasks: drug delivery, laboratory testing, delivery of tests and patient records.

The Panasonic HOSPI robot is programmed with regard to the floor plan of buildings, so that the path of its movements can be set in advance, and the built-in sensors help to avoid obstacles. In addition, in the process of operation, the robot constantly exchanges data about its location with the control center, so that it can always be tracked. And yes, he is incredibly nimble and, most importantly, independently approaches charging when energy ends.


The city of the future: smart walls, outdoor cooling and access control

In the words of Kazuhiro Zug, President of Panasonic Corporation , the new definition for Panasonic is a company that brings a person’s environment into line with his lifestyle. The idea of ​​a smart city and home – HomeX. At different times of the year, different weather, or simply according to the mood, people’s needs change. And HomeX gets the information to flexibly adapt to changing needs and offer more and more new options.

But if you don’t surprise anyone with the connected house, it’s quite possible with solutions for the city. For example, Panasonic showed a system of communication in different languages. You can speak your native language with Japanese or Chinese in the presence of a special transparent gadget, and your phrases will appear as subtitles on an almost invisible screen.

Why do we need controllers at the same airports or railway stations, if our documents and persons are quite unique? Panasonic introduces smart access concept with face recognition, biometrics and document scanning.

The problem with high temperatures in Japan and the cities of Asia and southern Europe is very acute. Clever system of moistening and cooling Silky Fine Mist saturates air with moisture and can be installed under canopies, on walls of street cafes and verandahs.

Smart walls with movement recognition, gender with pressure analysis and muscle work, Panasonic Human Sense smart mirror with age, heart rate and other physical parameters are small but important components of a smart city.

The installation of Human Sense works through several cameras and sensors in the wall and in the mirror itself, which can record even the heartbeat without contact. The analytics system collects data and displays it on the mirror.

Inaccessible gadgets

In Japan, Panasonic sells much more than in other regions. I would love to see ultracompact laptops for sale – full-fledged machines with many ports, touch screens, video cards and at the same time in the format of 11 inches (!). Not like a flat, but weak MacBook Air.

But ultra-protected tablets and some models of industrial laptops for all kinds of weather conditions in Russia are officially. They are primarily needed by workers in the production or extraction of minerals in the conditions of the Far North and a number of other professions. But such gadgets are expensive, and so far to bring the same range that is in Japan, to other countries is inappropriate. We will follow the developments.

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