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‘Singing plants’ among highlights at Japanese tech event


(From left) Mori and Dr Khong discussing the event poster for the Japanese Technology Weekend 2017 after the press conference at Tech Dome Penang in Komtar. With them are cosplayers Mukesh Kumar Parti and Lee Chi Thong.

(From left) Mori and Dr Khong discussing the event poster for the Japanese Technology Weekend 2017 after the press conference at Tech Dome Penang in Komtar. With them are cosplayers Mukesh Kumar Parti and Lee Chi Thong.

SEVEN technology giants will showcase their innovations at the Japanese Technology Weekend 2017 from Aug 26 to 28 at Tech Dome Penang in Komtar.

The innovations include cheerleading robots, ‘singing plants’, car speeding control using biometrics, intense audio experience and noise cancellation through special speakers, high-tech carbon fibre, membrane filter and conductive film technologies.

Also to be featured are the Disklavier Enspire, touted as the most advanced grand piano in the world, and a range of silent guitars and digital drums.

On top of the latest in camera technology, there will also be a demonstration on how air movements can be visualised.

Now in its second year, the event will feature Murata Electronics, Renesas Semiconductor Design, Yamaha Music, Sony EMCA, Toray Group, Toyohashi University of Technology and Canon Marketing.

The Pink Hibiscus Club will also conduct Japanese cultural activities.

Organised by Penang’s Consulate-General of Japan, the three-day event from 10am to 6pm includes two workshops called ‘Kirigami World’ and ‘3D Origami World’.

The consulate’s public relations and cultural exchange division assistant Steven Chin said kirigami was a paper-cutting art of Japan.

“We will have a blend of traditional and modern technology in the kirigami workshop by printing the figures with a laser colour printer, then cutting out the figures and forming them into Japanese zodiac animals.

“In the origami workshop, we will teach paper-folding skills to visitors,” he told a press conference at Tech Dome Penang in Komtar recently.

Also present were Deputy Consul-General of Japan Kenjiro Mori and Tech Dome Penang chief executive officer Dr Y.L. Khong.

Chin said videos on interesting and advanced technologies developed by the Japanese would also be screened.

“This year, the event will be even more meaningful as it commemorates the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Malaysia-Japan diplomatic relations,” he said.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will be gracing the event on Aug 27.

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