TECHNOLOGY WITH A HUMAN TOUCH

As the first partner country of IFA NEXT, Japan is showcasing home-grown human- machine interfaces at its revamped pavilion.

Japan is presenting an exclusive new showcase of indigenous technologies at its pavilion in Hall 26 that draws on the maxim “Interface with Consideration and Sensibility.”

Focused on a burgeoning new field of human-machine interfaces that incorporate emotional sensitivity into everyday digital living, the pavilion is showcasing specialised technologies emerging from a Japanese society in which cyberspace and physical space are highly integrated.

As part of IFA NEXT, the Japan Pavilion will showcase new user interfaces and technologies from 20 Japanese companies. These include Qoobo, a therapy robot with wagging tail created by Yukai Engineering; and BOCCO emo, a highly responsive and empathetic communication robot.

Helping society benefit from digital technologies in a rapidly developing digital economy, Yukai’s BOCCO emo expresses its empathy through gestures and sounds in response to the user’s voice, as well as the emotional content of incoming/ outgoing text messages, including emojis. Because the user’s presence alone can prompt reactions from the robot, no trigger word is necessary to activate the device.

Other human-machine interfaces at the Japan pavilion include an app by Unipots known as Unipos, through which co-workers can offer small tokens of appreciation called “peer bonus” to each other, strengthening team building. Pixie Dust Technologies is also showcasing its Holographic Whisper technology, a directional speaker that delivers sound to the target person via ultrasonic waves.

By introducing these innovations to the world at IFA, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to expand commercialisation and growth opportunities in overseas markets represented at IFA NEXT.

> HALL 26, STAND 213