Smartphones, smartcars and new technology at Asia’s largest fair


Asia’s largest technology show, called CEATEC, gave visitors a glimpse of tomorrow. Among many attractions was a car that changes from a caterpillar to a butterfly, a new standard in high-definition TV and houses that can be controlled from your mobile phone.

TOKYO (majirox news) — The largest electronics and technology show in Asia, CEATEC 2012, opened near Tokyo. More than 600 manufacturers from Japan and overseas showcased their new products and technologies.

One of the most striking items on display was a single-person electric car from Toyota Motor Corporation, named the INSECT.

“While it is a shape of a bug, the name actually stands for “Information Network Social Electricity City Transporter,” said Yasumasa Masujima, assistant manager of Telematic Solution at Toyota Motor Co. “The INSECT responds to voice commands and gestures, and uses facial recognition as a security measure. The car works with the driver’s smartphone that allows information to be received between the phone and the car.

Self driving cars are the future. You will be able to call your car to come and pick you up. The idea is that cars can react quicker, they can look in all directions at once and they don’t get distracted. Car won’t get angry, cut people off or speed.

“It will be a lot safer. Smartphones and tablets have merged together to make life easier,” Tooru Futami, director of IT Electronics Engineering Development at Nissan Motor Co. “This combination will increasingly become the main interface between people and devices.”

In other words, smart houses, which monitor and regulate energy consumption, can be controlled by smartphones. It allows the user to control air-conditioners, washing machines, and security systems remotely and to save on electricity bills.

Keiko Fujii, who was at the show, said, “I have a smartphone and I’m really impressed by all the different things it can do.”

Smart meters and Home Energy Management Systems were on display from a number of makers, with energy conservation currently being a prime consideration for Japan.

Mr. Saab, who came from the United Arab Emirates, “We just came today and its looks amazing, especially the mobile phones.”

Despite this being an Asian event, several Chinese exhibitors were absent. It is the result of the continuing feud between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands, known as Diaoyu in Chinese, in the East China Sea.

Though developments in consumer electronics are still continuing, the manufacturers are focussing more on energy management and energy saving technologies than before. Smartphones are also coming into their own as ubiquitous hand-held controllers for an ever-wider variety of devices, forcing manufacturers to concentrate on the software aspects of their products.

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