Thousands look for next big thing at Japan's biggest electronic expo
Friday 09 October 2009
Walking into Japan's biggest electronic expo is like entering a modern department store the size of a small suburb.
More than 2000 stalls - some as big as houses - span the more than 1km length of the Makuhari Messe, Tokyo's largest convention centre.
At 210,000 square metres, the centre is 200 times larger than Auckland's SkyCity convention centre.
It's perhaps not surprising that the electronics capital of the world - and a country with heated toilet seats in most of its hotel rooms - can fill such a vast space with up-and-coming gadgets. But it is still overwhelmingly impressive.
Brands that have already made it, and others that are hoping to, have paid top dollar to show off their products at the week-long expo.
By tonight, 200,000 people, from gadget geeks to entrepreneurs, will have walked through the venue for a glimpse of the gear to come over the next two decades.
People stand about talking, though Japanese is the language of electronics. The chitter chatter of pretty mannequin-like Japanese girls trying to attract spectators to their stalls sounds among the busy hum of products displays and demonstrations.
The most popular stalls are signalled by the floor shuffle of spectators queuing for a pair of glasses so they can check out what at least four household brands predict will be the next big craze - 3D TV. Japanese businessmen walk around the expo, or work away on laptops.
Other spectators are seated inside sampling 3D TV's other attractive feature - 3D video gaming. Some products here will be available within months. Others are at least 20 years away.
Source: NZ Herald
Life & Style blogs
Charlie Charlie Challenge: everyone on the internet thinks it’s a marketing stunt, but it probably isn’t
Not brushing your teeth can lead to dementia and heart disease
Yves Saint Laurent ad banned for featuring 'unhealthily underweight' model
Insomnia could be cured with one simple therapy session, new study claims
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
- 1 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 2 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
- 4 Fifa corruption: Qatar says investigations are racist, anti-Arab and show 'ugly face' of countries who lost 2022 World Cup bid
- 5 We have six months to save the world, says leading economist
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This global entertainment media company are lo...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity for someone wi...
£25 - 40k: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Test Engineer / Technical QA Enginee...
£20000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Managed IT Services Provid...