IFA iNternational 2019 DAY 4 Edition


IFA NEXT: The Edge Of Innovation







As the first partner country of IFA NEXT,

Japan is showcasing home-grown humanmachine

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

Hans Kablau

Chair, WPC’s Kitchen Work Group

IFA sees the world debut

of technology from

the Wireless Power

Consortium that may

change kitchen surfaces

and appliances forever.

Launching with live

demonstrations at IFA, the

Wireless Power Consortium

(WPC) has built upon its

successful standard for wireless

charging mobile devices – Qi

– to bring to market a new

benchmark in cordless charging

for kitchens, called Ki. Drawing on

the experience and knowledge of

over 570 international member

companies including Apple,

Canon, Google, Haier, Huawei,

IKEA, LG, Philips, Sony, Verizon

Wireless and Xiaomi, the WPC

has collaborated to bring the

same near-field communication

technology that facilitates bank

cards, hotel keys and passports

to kitchen worktops and the

appliances thereon. Standardcompliant

products including

toasters, rice cookers, blenders,

coffee makers and air fryers

will be able to charge wirelessly

up to 2.2kW utilising power

transmitters that can be neatly

hidden beneath countertops.

“Ultimately, the Ki Cordless

Kitchen standard will change the

way we interact with our kitchens,”

says Hans Kablau, Chair, WPC’s

Kitchen Work Group. “Not only

will the standard allow everything

from chopping vegetables to

cooking to reading the newspaper

to all take place on the same

surface, it also enables a whole

new category of smart cookware.

These smart pans can be simply

placed on a power transmitter

spot and allow consumer to cook

on their counters just as they

would on their stove.”

To ensure safe operation the

Ki Cordless Kitchen standard

prevents power from being

transferred when non-culinary

items such as keys, phones and

bank cards are placed on the

transmitter spot, preventing

them from damage, overheating

or corruption. In keeping with

the trend toward smart kitchens,

there also is capacity for twoway

communication between

the power transmitter and


» HALL 26 / STAND 385

www.ifa-international.org IFA International • Monday 9 September 2019


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