NEC Central Research Laboratory
and Communication Technologies for Food and Entertainment
Up to now, we have researched and developed
ICT as a tool to improve productivity and the efficiency of the
business. However, creating the innovation in sense of previous
manner will become difficult, because symbiosis with the human is
to be important for ICT in the future. Therefore, we are doing the
research activity based on the vision of symbiosis. This talk introduces
two of research activities releted to food and the entertainment.
The first is an icebreaker system named "Active Avatar",
which activate accidental communication among people. This system
is to be used as the means to cause inter-personal communication
while eating in the party. In this case, casual communication will
play the role of entertainment. We have conducted a field trial
using Active Avatar. Some results and verification of the effectiveness
will be introduced in my talk.
second research activity is a sommelier robot. This is achievement
of the artificial intelligence that employs the nutrient analysis
technology of food by the near-infrared spectroscopy in the robot,
and can play the role as the sommelier. This aims at the interaction
between the person and robot, which will result in the entertainment
in the place of food. We believe that these activities could contributes
to the embodiment of the vision of symbiosis.
Mr. Shuntaro Yamazaki is a chief manager of
NEC central research laboratories. He received the B.S. and the
M.S. degrees in applied physics from the University of Tsukuba in
1982 and 1984, respectively. Since 1984 he has been with NEC central
research laboratories investigating optical network, home network,
mobile network, and network services platform. From 1992 to 1993,
he worked as a member of research staff of NEC USA C&C research
laboratories in Princeton. Currently he is in charge of leading
human communication research group in common platform software laboratories.
Iwasaki Co., Ltd
with Eyes: Work of Food Sample
Food sampling is one of the unique cultures
in Japan, which combines food and entertainment. Most of the time,
displayed food looks much more delicious than in reality. It is
common to see such food sampling outlets in front of restaurants
everywhere in Japan. This usually is the deciding factor when choosing
a restaurant. This lecture will provide an introduction to history
of food sampling, its preparation procedures and a performance food
samples preparation while narrating rare stories based on experience.
In addition, this lecture will also
provide you with a unique experience
and insight to the relationship between food and entertainment.