Invisible? Stealth Printing Technology
Stealth Printing (IR Printing) Technology is used for producing certificates, confidential documents, and for preventing the printing of counterfeit bills. Though not visible under natural light, this specialised printing technology allows materials to be printed which can only be seen under an Infra-Red (IR) reader. RICOH has developed a compact printer and toner capable of printing using Stealth Printing Technology, making it easier than ever before to print IR materials. By using this printer in a variety of situations, we expect that new value can be brought to this technology.
High Performance Paper Punching Technology
Even in this paperless age, [paper] is a material which is a neccessity in our daily lives. We met up with some craftmen who continue to pursue papercraft in down town Tokyo. These workers, who speak of paper as a living entity, create a variety of works ranging from everyday goods to extra-ordinary speciality works using the three techniques of punching, embossing, and cutting. It is common for professional creators to ask for their help and expertise in papercrafts. What sorts of product plans can you come up with which make the most of these skills?
Wonderful Wood Works using Paulownia Crafts
Paulownia drawers are well known for being a gift presented to newly weds. Paulownia wood has excellent properties, making it useful in applications such as insect / mold repellent, humidity control and thermal insulation. Due to Japan's climate being hot and humid, such drawers have been essential for keeping clothes in excellent condition. We are looking forward to receiving product plans for ideas which make the most of wood works Kirisyou Nezu's wood working techniques!
Great Glass Working Skills of Tsukinoyo Glass Works
"Glass" is a familiar material that we come across in our daily lives. Unlike mass production facilities which uses machines, we have come across a glassworks which continues to protect the highly skilled work of crafts people, to produce wares which can only be produced by hand. We will be introducing several glass working skills from a glassworks which has a rich history of housing master craftsmen.
A Thing That Helps with Both Hay Fever and Dieting?! The Power of "Hops" Can Be Used Not Just in Beers!
"Hops" greatly influence the taste and fragrance of the beer. The "hop water extract" extracted the hop out of water has an amazing hidden effect! 1) Antiallergic effect, 2) Anti-influenza virus effect, 3) Mouth cooling effect, 4) Adipocyte differentiation suppression function No matter which effect it is, they are all interesting effects that are closely related to our life.
Communication & Charging Made Possible by Simply Holding the Cellular Phone!? 《Slim, Thin, Bendable》Next Generation NFC "Spiral Antenna" Technology by RICOH Co., Ltd.
NFC technology (Near Field Communication) is used in many situations, such as payment of mobile wallet and electronic money. Conventionally, the parts of "NFC antenna" required for this communication had limitations in the range of introduction due to size reasons. Therefore, RICOH developed "RICOH Spiral Antenna" with the characteristic of being delicate, thin, and able to bend. The change has made previously difficult ideas possible. What's better, the technology can be utilized for wireless charge not only communication, it may be able to reduce the charging stress of various items.
Even though it is rinsed off by the water, the ingredients remain on the skin. Component adsorption technology.
There are many body soaps that boast moisturizing ingredients in the world, but do you know that moisturizing ingredients are washed away after you rinse? To solve this problem, in these three years, LION has developed a new technology to keep the ingredients on your skin: Absorption moisturizing technology "hadakara.” They are not merely moisturizing ingredients, but this technology can be combined by adding fragrances, bactericidal ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, with various other effects. We are looking for new concept/design utilizing this technology.
Water attached to your skin? Adhesive technology that is hard to peel off and not noticeable
A highly adhesive thin pad technology that can solidify moisture and paste it on your skin. The moisture level is 85%, almost as same as water! LION’s “Kyusoku Jikan” is the example of product born using utilizing this technology. The pad can be re-designed for other purpose, or in combination with other ingredients, and many others! We are recruiting new product concepts and design utilizing this technology.
Tasty and smooth. Morinaga’s baking technology
Morinaga’s baked chocolate,“BAKE” has 14 years history on sale. With the licensed technology unique to Morinaga, “BAKE” manages to have contradictory textures between crispy surface and creamy chocolate inside. As a chocolate that doesn’t melt even in summer, it is also a pioneer of a new market in chocolate industry. To utilize the Morinaga’s technology, we’d like you to offer a concept design for a new product that never exists.
Food material not melted for 1 hour+
Do you know Low Solubility Amorphous material (known as LSA)? It sounds difficult but simply refers to food material that doesn’t melt easily and you can lick more than an hour. We’d like to have a completely new product concept design to apply LSA technology that Morinaga has spent years to invent.