– DIGITAL CONTENT EXPO 2013 in Tokyo –

IMG_3465From October 24 until October 26 this year’s DIGITAL CONTENT EXPO took place at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Odaiba, Tokyo. The DIGITAL CONTENT EXPO is an international event intended to shape the future of computer technology five or ten years into the future. In addition, it promotes the exchange of the latest information between participating researchers, creators and business people active in this field. At DIGITAL CONTENT EXPO the spotlight is focused on prototype systems and technology so new that they are still in the R&D stage.

From 20 innovative technologies recently developed at various universities, four were chosen for the Special Awards 2013.

The “1 ms Auto Pan-Tilt” project from the Isikawa Oku Laboratory, University of Tokyo, received the Industry Award. This novel and alternative device for auto pan-tilt, named “Saccade Mirror”, works with optical mechanism. In addition only a PC and a high-speed camera for image processing is needed for a filmed object, which is moving very fast, to be staidly centred in the captured image.

The “An artificial neural connection via brain computer interface” created at the Department of Developmental Physiology, National Institutes for Physiological Sciences, won the Human Award. Their project showed the interrupted neural circuit can be artificially connected and restores function in limb control in individuals with spinal cord injury. This artificial connection from cortical to spinal circuits via brain computer interface has potential to ameliorate the functional loss, allowing to regain “Control” and “Feeling” in paralytic extremities.

The “SOINN, An Artificial Brain” developed by the Hasegawa Research Group, Tokyo Institute of Technology, received the Ecology Award. Osamu Hasegawa developing “SOINN” (Self – Organizing Incremental Neural Network) is an innovative learning mechanism. It is an unsupervised online-learning algorithm capable of incremental learning. By approximating the distribution of input data and the number of classes, a self-organized network is formed.

The “AquaTop Display” from the Koike Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications won this year’s Culture Award. The AquaTop Display is an interactive water surface display, which allows users to touch the surface of cloudy water as if it were a touch screen. The projector system makes use of commercial bath salts in water to create a touchable, splashable, liquid surface for digital interactive bathing.

For more details please check the homepage of the DIGITAL CONTENT EXPO.

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