The technique was developed by a group of researchers from the Industrial Technology Center of Fukui Prefecture, a textile maker in Fukui City, and a solar battery manufacturer in Kyoto City.
Research teams from Tokyo Denki University and a major housing manufacturer conducted a large-scale test on Tuesday in Tsukuba City, northeast of Tokyo.
Mazda Motor Corporation engineering teams were honoured today with two Technological Development Awards at the 62nd Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE) awards ceremony in the Yokohama Convention Centre. One group of Mazda researchers was recognized for improving diesel particulate filter (DPF) performance, another group for achieving a world-record compression ratio – and lowering friction for improving fuel consumption – in Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-G petrol engine.
The group is led by Ken Takeuchi, professor at the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering, the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University.
A team led by Masaharu Komori, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Kyoto University, demonstrated Permoveh, short for “Personal Mobile Vehicle,” on March 22.
It comes with four omnidirectional-drive wheels, each equipped with 32 rollers, similar to those for roller skates, along their perimeters. The rollers rotate at right angles to the wheel.
The "gun" is actually a directional speaker, combined with an input microphone, a motherboard, and software, all combined inside a small box that can be either fixed or used as a portable device.