Lawson’s first futuristic avatar-staffed convenience store opens in Tokyo

Lawson Japan has opened 'Green Lawson' in Tokyo, its first convenience store staffed by on-screen avatars remotely controlled by employees. Aiming to solve manpower shortages and building a society where everyone can play an active role, this initiative makes it possible for even those with mobility issues to work. 'Green Lawson' is a sustainable store that tackles on social issues (e.g. food loss, plastic waste) with eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives, such as this avatar customer service and eliminating usage of plastic bags and cutleries. Click the link for more. Related...

AI human washing machine on its way for Osaka-Kansai Expo 2025 in Japan

Science, a Japanese technology company specializing in bathroom and kitchen innovation, is developing a washing machine for human, aiming to complete it for the Osaka-Kansai Expo 2025.This human washing machine will use the latest "fine bubble technology"*1, a variety of monitoring sensors and an artificial intelligence (AI) system to create the most relaxing environment adapted to the user, to help heal your body and mind. Slated for 13 April–13 Oct. 2025, Osaka-Kansai Expo 2025 will be held on the Yumeshima Island in the bay of Osaka, where many futuristic and...

Launch of rooftop solar generation business in Malaysia

Skye Energy, through its subsidiary Skye Renewables Malaysia, will install a solar power generation system on the roof of the EduCity Complex 1, located in EduCity Iskandar, and provide the generated electricity to Iskandar Education Enterprise, the owner of the university facility. The project will transform the energy consumption model at the facility, and both companies have agreed to accelerate the trial of further efforts towards the realisation of a sustainable campus.

Automated driving mobility service might start in Japan

WHILL Inc. autonomous driving mobility service demonstration experiment at Narita Airport will start. It is a new attempt at "WHILL Automatic Driving Mobility Service". According to research by WHILL, this case is the world's first experiment in which self-driving personal mobility carries a person to move all from the departure point to the target boarding gate by automatic driving across all floors.

Biomass oil from Malaysian peat! Japan’s euglena unveils groundbreaking findings

Image is for illustrative purposes Japanese bio-venture euglena Co, Ltd with RIKEN (a large Japanese research institute) and a Malaysian university research team succeeded in identifying and isolating a new lipid-producing, acid-tolerant algae: Tetratostichococcus, from Malaysian peatlands.The research results have been published in the Journal of Applied Phycology (22 May 2022). (more…)