Japan is often associated with robots and technology. Whether it’s in real life or anime, it’s true to say that Japan does love its robots. NHK World are running a series on Japan’s most up to date technology and robotics this month. You can either watch the programmes on their website online, or via an app on your smart phone. Here’s what you can expect from the programmes:
Medical Frontiers: ‘Robotics Aid Recovery’
5th October at 16:30-17:00/22:30-23:00, 6th October at 4:30-5:00/10:30-11:00
One week per month on Monday and Tuesday, Medical Frontiers explores developments in Japanese medical technologies. With the world’s highest life expectancy, Japan, much like the UK, is now home to an aging population. Just as the UK, medical professionals and caregivers for the elderly are in short supply. But in a country with a world class reputation as technological innovators, Japan has come up with an ingenious solution to support in elderly care – robots! A number of specially designed robots have been created that can help lead exercise classes and work with elderly people affected by paralysis.
Science View: ‘The Sky’s the limit: Cutting-edge unmanned Aircraft’
6th October at 16:30-17:00/22:30-23:00, 7th October at 4:30-5:00/10:30-11:00
In Science View top Japanese scientists delve into the fascinating worlds of groundbreaking technology and the natural sciences. Following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami, unmanned aircrafts have been designed to help monitor damage at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant and assess the levels of remaining nuclear waste in the surrounding areas. A Japanese company has also invented the world’s first crime prevention aircraft – the “flying surveillance robot” – that will film an intruder and transmit footage straight to the company’s control center manned by security personnel. Also available on VOD.
Great Gear: ‘Japan IT Week’
21st October at 16:30-17:00/22:30-23:00 22nd October at 4:30-5:00/10:30-11:00
This month, NHK WORLD TV’s technology show that reports on the latest products and gadgets developed with a uniquely Japanese twist reports from Japan IT Week. It’s the number one trade show for Information Technology, showcasing everything from user devices to backbone architecture and the great gear that keeps our information secure and flowing freely. Also available on VOD.
ABU Robot Contest “Badminton Robot–Game” Battle to be the world’s best!
31st October at 0:10-1:00/06:10-7:00/12:10-13:00/18:10-19:00
The 14th annual ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest was held in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on the 23rd of August this year. The international student competition featured unique hand-built racket-wielding robots battling it out in badminton matches. The programme follows the teams, including students from Japan, Vietnam, and China.
© Images property of NHK World TV