Interview with ASKA3D's investor, Makoto Otsubo-3-1

3rd Chapter: Future Insights ASKA3D Creating a New Everyday Life Part1
Interview with ASKA3D's investor, Makoto Otsubo-3-1

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1. ASKA3D can be applied in various field
2. As a new optical device

1. ASKA3D can be applied in various fields

In the previous interview, we asked about the path to commercialization of ASKA3D, which can be applied in various fields. Already, ASKA3D has been introduced in various fields and industries, but as a developer, what are the areas you think ASKA3D will bring about significant changes in the future?

I believe that ASKA3D's technology will bring valuable changes in three main areas.

The first is the field of non-contact. With the focus on "non-contact" due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASKA3D for non-contact applications has been studied in various fields and industries such as the automotive industry and convenience store industry. I believe that the time will come when non-contact products will be accepted in the market as essential items.

For example, in the field of healthcare, there is a clear need for non-contact devices for data input during surgery. However, advancements in sensor technology and UI are necessary for medical device certification where errors are not allowed. In a similar way, in the industrial field, data input is required in environments where gloves or hands may be dirty, so it becomes possible to combine touch panel operation with anti-soiling and dust-proof measures for operators in factories.

In terms of not involving physical contact, ASKA3D's touch panels can also be applied to device operations in extreme environments such as underwater in the deep sea or in space.

ASKA3D Holographic display installed at China Bank of Communications

Indeed, contactless has become a major keyword in the era of the coronavirus pandemic. The prevalence of touchless touch panels in our daily lives could help prevent the next pandemic as well. Looking at the phenomenon brought about by ASKA3D's holographic imaging, it seems that entertainment also has great potential. 

As you mentioned, the second aspect is ASKA3D in the field of entertainment. In the entertainment world today, the concept of "experience value = UX" is highly valued, and ASKA3D's holographic imaging provides various new experiential values. For example, by introducing ASKA3D at a handshake event with celebrities, interactions with fans can be possible without physical contact. Even dangerous animals and poisonous creatures in a zoo can be observed up close and touched when projected as holographic images.

Traditional experiences of "seeing" and "touching" are being transformed into something new. What about the trending VR=Virtual Reality? 

In the field of VR and AR, which have been gaining popularity in recent years, ASKA3D holds great potential. The current mainstream VR goggles use the "binocular disparity" method to show two images to each eye, creating an unnatural world that deceives the eyes and brain, unlike the natural light of the real world.

By utilizing ASKA3D to achieve holographic imaging, it may be possible to create VR and AR goggles that use diffuse light similar to natural light. By further researching applications in the VR and AR fields, it should be possible to provide new experiences that completely eliminate VR sickness and discomfort.

ASKA3D may be the "answer" to supporting the latest technology. 

The third use is in combination with existing optical devices. In addition to its use as a non-contact and airborne display, which is currently receiving attention, combining ASKA3D with existing optical devices opens up a wide range of possibilities. The invention of ASKA3D is comparable to inventing a convex lens in a world without convex lenses. Convex lenses give rise to concave lenses, and subsequently, various combinations and applications have been discovered. Combining ASKA3D with lenses, optical fibers, optical sensors, etc., holds infinite potential.

2. As a new optical device

Combining with existing optical devices, it is very interesting to consider the use of this new optical device. What specific applications do you think could be possible?

The discussion from here on may still include some speculative ideas, but there are various potential applications.

For example, in the field of optical communication, by using ASKA3D's airborne imaging technology to connect optical cables, theoretically it should be possible to multiplex the light rays within the optical cable. If achieved, this would significantly increase the transmission capacity. The data transmission technology that utilizes multiple independent light paths within optical fibers in a three-dimensional manner with ASKA3D may become a new theme in next-generation communication. The principle of ASKA3D's airborne imaging is the key to achieving "superposition".

There seem to be opportunities for ASKA3D as an optical device in places not usually visible to the human eye. 

In the field of security, applications utilizing the angle of view characteristic of airborne imaging, such as ensuring that "password input cannot be seen by others", have already been realized, but completely different approaches are also conceivable.

For example, there are various two-dimensional coded information such as barcodes and QR codes. If these codes are converted into three-dimensional forms and generated as security keys, and then transmitted in real-time using holographic communication with ASKA3D, it could become a highly secure technology where hacker involvement is very difficult.

Instead of security based on the angle of view, the idea is to convert the data itself into three dimensions. 

Besides security, a new three-dimensional measuring system utilizing the property of ASKA3D where an airborne imaging appears as a three-dimensional object when an object is placed could also be considered. Although not suitable for human visual confirmation, it could be used for accurate three-dimensional reading in the field of measurement. This three-dimensional imaging may lead to a new three-dimensional microscope that can measure and observe semi-transparent substances or organisms in three dimensions. Additionally, it could be applied as an imaging optical filter for noise detection and removal during propagation of images.

The rest of this article will be distributed in next post. Thank you for reading!

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