CEATEC JAPAN 2009 has Concluded
"Digital Convergence - Defining the Shape of Our Future"
CEATEC JAPAN 2009 - which was held from Tuesday, October 6th to Saturday, October 10th at Makuhari Messe in Chiba - has concluded and this year's event was held in changing times as the world faced an economical downturn and the H1N1 influenza epidemic while in Japan, a powerful typhoon swept through the Kanto region during the show. Despite these circumstances, however, CEATEC JAPAN 2009 attracted a total of 150,302 visitors during its five-day period (26,653 on the Oct. 6th, 31,405 on the 7th, 12,793 on the 8th during the typhoon, 44,833 on the 9th, and 34,618 on the 10th, last day). And although Tokyo's public transportation system was severely affected by the typhoon resulting in far fewer visitors on Oct. 8th, the total number of visitors was about as high as the other years when the event was held.
Reactions to the Green IT exhibits
A large Green IT pavilion was established to showcase technologies that define the shape of the future as well as introduce research developments and products focusing on environmental issues. What's more, many different exhibitor approaches for environmental issues were seen at the booths, including presentations on unique and original eco-related technologies. Novelties using "thinned wood" generated during forest conservancy were also presented to visitors.
At the Green IT exhibits some of the comments by visitors included, "When considering environmental issues from the standpoint of home electronics that surround us, it is easy to imagine answering these issues without any special knowledge" and "It is comforting to know that ample research and development has been made on the issue of global warming and the environment in Japan". From visitors closely related to the industry and involved in the specialized technologies, there were also comments such as, "There are still many people who do not recognize eco-technologies correctly so it is important to create more exhibits and opportunities to teach them that in reality, C02 is generated even during the development of eco-technologies but in a long run, these technologies are critical for solving environmental issues".
Bridging everyday lives with leading-edge technologies
A female visitor had this comment to make about the venue, "I was impressed by the exhibit of a living room filled with leading-edge home appliances with sensors that detect the movement of people in the room and identify what they're doing, then automatically dim or brighten the lighting accordingly". These kinds of innovative appliances and products that enhance lifestyles are made possible from the continuous endeavors and efforts put forth by the engineers and scientists, and it is certain that the CEATEC JAPAN exhibition will serve as a bridge to connect the efforts of engineers with people's lives.