Published on October 14th,2010 at 5:01 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

Digital Content Expo Opens, Full of Dismal Exhibits

Digital Content Expo Opens, Full of Dismal Exhibits

Digital Content Expo opened at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Odaiba, Tokyo, today. I went to cover it, and I gotta say – I wasn’t too impressed with the exhibits: Panasonic had their 3D video camera; Fujifilm had their 3D still camera; and a guy at a booth with a little USB-connected plastic-thing-with-a-face that reads out tweets was on the phone with his company, having trouble getting them to read out tweets. (To be fair, they were cute plastic-things-with-a-face.)

Tweet-reading plastic-thing-with-a-face

There were some teams from universities with small booths tucked cozily into the corners of the dimly-lit main floor, including a Surface-like tabletop display from Nihon University that identifies each of up to four users by using capacitive stools: the finger completes a circuit that conducts through the user’s behind into the stool, then by a snaking cable that disappears into the base of the table. I was unintentionally very good at finding all or most of their lingering bugs, but the technology seems to hold promise.

MU^3 multitouch tabletop interface

Toshiba had several iterations of their “Glass-Less 3D screens” on exhibit, with maybe seven people in line at any given time for a look at their upcoming technology. This booth, it should be noted, had a two-hour line at CEATEC Japan, earlier this month. Normal folk weren’t allowed to photograph or film the products at all, and as a press person, I was told I could “only take footage of the images displayed on the screens” – not the TVs themselves, unless there was something else of interest in the poorly-lit booth that they didn’t want me filming.

Toshiba Glass-Less 3D display

All in all, DCExpo is an interesting side-trip if you’re in the area or if you were planning on visiting the museum anyway.

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