Japan’s biggest tech fair
Smartphones detecting bad breath and radiation, twistable remote controls and a super-thin tablet computer stood out among the cutting-edge gadgets at Japan’s biggest tech fair in October 2011.
About 600 firms unveiled their innovations at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies in Chiba, near Tokyo, which drew about 200,000 visitors during its five-day run, organizers said.
The impact of Japan’s March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster gave added resonance to technologies on display, particularly those aimed at improving urban infrastructure and energy efficiency.
Demand soared for state-of-the-art radiation counters and power-saving technologies after Japan’s disasters sparked fears over contamination and led to power shortages, requiring cuts to energy consumption in summer 2011.