The Strategist

Japan: Hight Tech Saves the World

04/07/2015 - 16:46

Japanese high-tech is not just for entertainment. An amphibious aircraft, the pride of its constructors, annually saves dozens of lives around the archipelago.

Shinmaywa is an amphibious aircraft used by the naval forces of self-defense of Japan. It is the only aircraft able to land on water and fly up at very short distances from 280 to 330 meters. It can penetrate into gorges height of only 3 meters, what is the actual height of a truck. Its range is about 5000 kilometers; in addition, the aircraft is able to fly at extremely low speeds of about 90 kilometers per hour, while maintaining stability.

Its secret isin fifth additional motor disposed on the upper surface of the wing. A sales representative of a company, dedicated to the development and production of these machines, tells about the features of its design:

- The turbine produces hot air being transported on the wings and tail of the aircraft. Sparse air called a controlled boundary layer, is forming there, what literally keeps the plane in the air on the principle of suction cups.

Currently trials of a new modification of the aircraft intended for fire fighting are being carried out. The machine can carry up to 15 tons of water, what is three times more than a normal fire "Canadair." Soon its licensed production may begin in France and Germany.

This aircraft and a unique technology on which it is made are a perfect example that the Japanese high-tech is not just for fun and games.
Since its inception 40 years ago, according to official statistics of the Japanese Ministry of Defense, with the help of this aircraft over a thousand lives have been saved in the waters of the archipelago.

Another pride of the Japanese high-tech - HAL, the world's first cyber robot controlled by a unique hybrid system. This cyborg helps people with impaired motor functions caused by stroke or spinal injury.

- At the time when the brain sends a signal to make a move, the signal goes to the course - explains Professor Sankai Yoshiuki - We install sensors that detect them on patients’ skin. Thus, the robot operates in obedience to the will of man.

The technology gives a chance for a full life to many people, deprived of the ability to move.

- Patients who recover from polio, came to us, as other hospitals could not help him. They put on his robotic suit, and they were able to not only stand up, but also walk independently. I was shocked. I think this robot has huge potential.

Today, the cyborg is used in many hospitals in Japan, as well as in medical institutions in Germany and Sweden.
In addition, the idea to expand the possibilities of its use occured, for example when carrying heavy loads, as well as, of course, increase its role in the healthcare industry.

- If you want, this technology can be linked with computer to help patients with severe diagnoses such as Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) - hopes Professor Sankai, -Then completely paralyzed people could control the computer keyboard just by willpower, and again would be able to communicate.

Japanese high technology continues to improve and bring new practical solutions to problems not only on the archipelago, but also throughout the world.