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~*~ Company Visit~*~ Japan Rail East

On our company visit to Japan Rail, we had the opportunity to see many up and coming ideas for trying to make the subways more efficient.  Japan Rail is building a testing center and we were able to walk over and view the building.  At the testing building, there will be a subway car with a gate just like the subways to do their testing. Even though the building was not completely finished yet, I thought it was cool that we got a glimpse of the work in progress.

While we were in the testing lab, we all were able use the route finders to help us find a quick and efficient way the airport when we left from the hotel on our last day in Japan.  It calculated the duration of the trip, the total fare, and how many transfers we would have to make. They said that this would be a free service and I think this would be very helpful in finding your way throughout Japan! Also, there were TV screens that would monitor the stations in case someone fell down the stairs, or left suspicious bags in the subways. There was also a map of where the train would be at a certain time, and a more up to date design of the map.  These diagrams became very useful in the subway cars when we would be traveling to our destinations for the day, because it would let me know what stop we were currently at and which stop was approaching.  Also, in the lab was machine that helps you find your way throughout the subway stations, and it could point to where you needed to go.

One thing about the Japanese culture is the need to be on time to. The trains were very efficient and on time for the most part and when trying to board a train, you saw many people rushing to get on, even when the door was closing. This did not stop the doors and they continued to close! One thing that could be helpful in keeping passengers safe when trying to board these subways is probably a sensor to know if someone is in the doors.  But I suppose this is why most of the time the trains are on time, because if it were to delay and keep opening when it is detected that someone is in the door, the train would never leave! I learned about why there were different types of Pasmo’s/ Suica cards and basically it’s the branding. Also, I learned that to build a car is very expensive. I believe 1 million dollars a car!

I really enjoyed this company visit and like always, we were given beverages and iced coffee.  Many of my peers really enjoyed it, but personally I’m not a fan of coffee of any form so I gave mines to my professor!

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Add comment June 10, 2010

~*~Company Visit ~*~ NTT docomo

NTT docomo

Another company we had a chance to visit was NTT docomo. At this company, when we first walked in, there was a special greeting welcoming us to the research and development center.  Then we proceeded to the conference room where we learned a little bit more about the company.  After the presentation, we headed to the video room and watched a short informational.  Then we headed off to the technology lab.  In the lab, it was very hands on and in the first exhibit two of my peers had a chance to test out some more AR Solutions by looking through some glasses, with a camera on them, onto a book and have a 3D image of a nearby park appear on the TV screen. A very interesting piece of technology that allows you to zoom in and out of a certain area.

Another exhibit we saw at NTT docomo is the exhibit where purchases that you made previously are recorded to let you know if you bought that item before.  It also helps you pick out clothing items for your chicken and for that special occasion.  We had a chance to play the video game Tekken. This brought back childhood memories of playing video games.   Then we all had a chance to  test out this cool ring.  When you stick your finger in your ear, the vibration allows you to hear sounds.  There was also this watch that controls functions such as opening locks and turning on lights with the rhythm to whatever you like.  Also, there was a piece of technology that you hold to your head as you plug your ears and it allows  you to hear sounds.  This company happened to be one of my favorite places to visit.  I enjoyed  testing out all of the new technology they presented.

Add comment June 10, 2010

~*~More company visits ~*~Q Entertainment

                     

A company visit Q Entertainment!

Another company visit was to Q Entertainment.  When we entered the building, we had to travel up at least 4 flights of  narrow  stairs. Then, we entered into a small room.  It seemed as if we were rushing to get to the company on time, and I was very tired. On another note, they gave us bottled water for our libation.  It was very warm in the little room at first, but then the AC started to kick in and I was ready for the presentation.  Then we got to hear about the games and games for mobile phones. We could not take photos during this presentation because of the many drawings and designs posted on the walls for new ideas.  I must say, some of the pictures were very good.

One of the mobile games that was brought up in the presentation was about horse racing.  The guy admitted that he was sort of a horse racing fan.  It was mentioned that this game was very popular amongst the mobile games in Japan and to me, it honestly looked very simple.  The goal was to make your horse run faster.

3 comments June 6, 2010

~*~ AR Solutions~*~

At the company DNP, they talked to us about AR Solutions. It allowed for images to appear 3D onto the magazine/booklet through the monitor as we watched pictures of different settings such as day/night, and even a little figure jump into the car. The style of the car was able to change and by rotating the booklet/magazine, you could view different angles of the car as well.  There were the features of zooming in and out available in the model.   Another AR Solutions demonstration that was done was when purchasing an item, such as a piece of furniture for your house. Using a photo of where you wanted to place your new furniture, you could simply place a small card in the position where the new item would go, take a picture, upload it and view it on your computer.  With the company DNP, they had a Visa type card that you could give that was wrapped in a nicely package box for whomever you wanted to give it to shop at a certain store.  Last but not lease, was a pen that recorded your answers in a survey. It had a camera on it so knows what you mark for your answers. I really enjoyed all the technology at this company!

Add comment June 4, 2010

~*~ Company Visit~*~ DNP

May 13, we went to the company DNP!  DNP was established in 1876. The company wants to provide a new social communication platform  for the future society.  At this company, they demonstrated different types of electronics and one that was very interesting to me was the story tube.  It was basically a long tube that had a camera at the end of it.  It was placed inside a cylinder type object with a picture at the end. As the camera spin around and climbed closer to the image, it made it seem like it was approaching a castle.  The effect was very cool. Then after the power point and demonstration, we headed downstairs to the Louvre Museum portion.  We were not able to take pictures down there but we were able to see some very interesting exhibits.  One that I remember is the car, when you touched it, the car changed colors.  Also, there was the exhibit where you could redesign a statue by placing the type of stone for clothing, or style of hair that you want the statue to wear. Simply by placing a certain stone onto the platform told the computer what you chose for the statue. This was also very cool.

The Company DNP

Add comment June 4, 2010

Day 2 of Blogging!!!

Today is the second day of blogging for my study abroad to Japan. I am excited about the end of the semester and have papers and projects that are due within the next couple of weeks. I think when I am all done, I will celebrate by going to Dave and Busters!!! Until then, I feel exhausted!!!

Add comment April 25, 2010


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