TOKYO – Educational robots, devices aimed at the elderly and digital currencies are some of the cutting-edge technologies that are being exhibited at the Japanese CEATEC exhibition that began Tuesday.
Around 160,000 visitors are expected to attend the show at the Makuhari Messe convention center in the Chiba locality, east of Tokyo, where a total of 667 companies from 23 countries are presenting their advanced technologies.
This year, robots and artificial intelligence have been in focus again, including Panasonic’s Cocotto, a robot which is capable of simple conversations, designed as an educational companion for children.
The robot, which can be controlled by the parents through a mobile app, is able to teach children to eat well, and to maintain good personal hygiene.
The fair has also highlighted new technologies that can aid an ageing population.
For instance, Hitachi’s robot Magnus can remind elderly people to take their medicines, and in the future might be able to detect illnesses, such as short term dementia.
Fujitsu also showcased a cylindrical device similar to an intelligent loudspeaker, which can measure heart beat and check the condition of arteries.
Panasonic has also conceptualized an air-conditioner attached to a sensor which can monitor the sleep pattern of the elderly, and can alert health authorities in case of emergencies.
The growing popularity of digital currency in Japan is also highlighted with Mitsubishi UFJ – the country’s largest financial group – presenting its virtual currency MUFJ at the fair.