With the aim of making our home environments ‘intelligent’, Yukai are developing robots that slip seamlessly into our daily lives. Think of all the mundane tasks that make up our day-to-day living, and how we could improve our lifestyles with the help of technology. Yukai are pushing forward to create robots that respond to our real needs and free up our time for things that are more important to us.
Yukai’s vision for the future sees us moving on from our smartphone dependency, and into a new era where robots pick up on our desires and needs without the need of a touchscreen. An exciting world is just around the corner, and Yukai aim to be at the forefront of this technological revolution.
We all spend too long gazing into those black mirrors and computer screens. We know this. You know this. mui knows this.
mui believes your home should be a place of sanctuary from the modern world, even its tech. It’s created revolutionary natural wood products which offer local and cloud connectivity, enabling you to check your voicemail, adjust the thermostat, play music or dim the lights, all on a calming, natural wood interface. Not a screen in sight.
Also on BBC: CES 2019: Hands on with Mui, the smart plank of wood. here.
We’ve all experienced misunderstandings. Whether we’ve unknowingly chosen the wrong tone to speak to someone, or we’ve misinterpreted the mood of the person we’re communicating with. This is especially problematic in business settings – where the stakes are higher and we’re not too familiar with the person we’re speaking with.
Empath aims to solve this problem. It’s an Emotion AI tool which can identify the moods and emotions behind the voices it hears. Its aim is to help people understand and empathise with each other – creating harmonious exchanges.
Used by 500 customers in more than 40 countries, Empath has found a home in call centres, where phone operators can monitor the emotions in their own voices and gauge those of their customers in real-time. A managers can also monitor the overall mood of their teams – all from a simple dashboard using an emoji-interface.
ispace’s vision is clear: in 20 years, they will have built a city on the moon. For this lunar exploration and robotics startup, the entire future of the Earth itself rests on us harnessing the potential of our moon. The key: locating the moon’s water. Water can be converted into fuel, which in turn can power their crafts, creating the first, low-cost Earth-moon transport service, through which all the equipment necessary for life can be safely delivered.
To achieve this dream, ispace are developing small, lightweight landers and rovers to make lunar surface exploration a reality. In 2020, a moon orbiting mission is planned, and their first moon landings set for 2021.
At the IFA, ispace are keen to meet prospective customers keen on joining their mission and making moon living a reality.
ドイツスタートアップが日本に参入する際の障壁となるものに「日本人特有の信頼感」をあげたのは、日本に１２年住んだのちベルリンに来たドイツ人のLisa Wäntig氏（Head of Business Development, Wantedly）。日本語が話せるようになっても、ビジネスができるような関係になることは容易ではなく、特有のネットワークを介したり、肌感覚で相手の懐具合を理解でき合える人材が必要という。
Berlin, German–bistreamUG, the leading accelerator to bridge Japanese and Germany business, is excited to announce this partnership with the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), the Japanese governmental organisation.
As part of the partnership, bistreamUG provides extended support for German startups to expand their market to Japan by connecting them with bistreamUG’s extensive networks and resources in Japan, and for Japanese startups to the ons in Germany.
JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a governmental organisation that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Originally established in 1958 to promote Japanese exports abroad, JETRO’s core focus in the 21st century has shifted toward promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and helping small to medium size Japanese firms maximise their global export potential.