Japanese 'Super Creators' Present Software in US

Mar 14, 2008
Kouji Kariatsumari, Nikkei Electronics
Pic 1: Nagaaki Kamata, CEO of IIDev
Pic 1: Nagaaki Kamata, CEO of IIDev
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Pic 2: Keita Kobayashi, CEO of Curio
Pic 2: Keita Kobayashi, CEO of Curio
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Pic 3: Takehito Sano, director of Naked Technology
Pic 3: Takehito Sano, director of Naked Technology
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Pic 4: Ryutaro Sugiyama, COO of LoiLo
Pic 4: Ryutaro Sugiyama, COO of LoiLo
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Pic 5: Masato Saito, PhD candidate at Keio University
Pic 5: Masato Saito, PhD candidate at Keio University
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Pic 6: Tadachika Ozono, CTO of Wisdom Web
Pic 6: Tadachika Ozono, CTO of Wisdom Web
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Pic 7: Shinichi Tomita, CEO of  Mashmatrix
Pic 7: Shinichi Tomita, CEO of Mashmatrix
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Pic 8: Susumu Furukawa delivered a speech at the end of the event.
Pic 8: Susumu Furukawa delivered a speech at the end of the event.
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IPA (Information-Technology Promotion Agency, Japan) organized a business presentation meeting with software developers called "super creators," who were selected in the IPA's Exploratory Software Project. The event took place March 11, 2008, in Silicon Valley in the US.

This is the second time that the IPA organized the meeting. It hosted the same kind of meeting in June 2007. Some venture companies made use of the event in 2007 and succeeded in expanding their businesses to or rolling out their products in the US. The IPA organized this event to help Japanese companies to go international, the agency said.

This time, IIDev Corp, Curio Inc, Naked Technology, LoiLo Inc, Masato Saito, Wisdom Web Co Ltd and Mashmatrix Inc explained their technologies under development and business models.

Helping add up paper questionnaires

IIDev introduced "AltPaper," which makes it possible to read in paper questionnaires with normal scanners and to add them up easily (pic 1). Microsoft Word is used to make paper questionnaires. This software is best suited for dealing with hundreds of questionnaires. The company plans to charge each piece of paper like a photocopy machine and not to sell the software.

Curio Inc presented "swimmie," which enables users to share bookmarks and automatically collects Websites that suit their tastes (pic 2). It is an add-on for Mozilla's Firefox. In Japan, the software has been available to the public since February 2008. The company plans to launch foreign-language versions of the swimmie, including English one, by June 2008 and to have one million users within 2008.

Naked Technology is developing "Naked Browser," which optimally displays Web pages created by HTML for PCs on the small screen of a mobile phone (pic 3). It applies XUI (eXtensible User Interface) to the HTML and creates Web pages that can easily be viewed with mobile phones. The company plans to make the software downloadable for NTT DoCoMo subscribers by June 2008 and au and Softbank subscribers by December 2008.

LoiLo Inc introduced "LoiLoScope," which edits movies with no rendering time (pic 4). The software can be used on normal PCs. And movies do not stop when several movies are played at the same time, when special effects are added and when overlapping movies are played. Also, the software features "Magnet" function, which arranges many movie files on a PC and groups them.

Visualizing network communications

Masato Saito is developing a UNB (Ubiquitous Network Browser), which visualizes network communications taking place at end hosts such as PCs and enterprises in 3D (pic 5). It visualizes, in real time, the information about the people a user is being connected with and communications traffics, communication speeds and airtime.

Wisdom Web's "Mobile Glimpse" makes it possible to view contents on Websites with mobile terminals such as mobile phones in the same way as on PCs (pic 6). It converts HTML data into Flash Lite data so that users can browse Websites at high speed with mobile phones. The functions needed for browsing are not mounted on mobile phones but on servers. The company expects that most mobile phones will support Flash by 2010 and this technology will be useful.

Mashmatrix is developing a mash-up service "Afrous," which unites the data of various Websites in one screen (pic 7). The mash-up can be handled by clients' browsers unlike other mash-up services, such as Yahoo!'s "Pipes," which deal with mash-up in servers via networks.

The super creators who visited the US in 2008 were selected by Susumu Furukawa, project manager, former chair of Microsoft Co Ltd and professor at Keio University, and William Saito, former vice president of Forval Corp and president of InTecur. And Hitoshi Hokamura, general partner of First Compass Group LLC, contributed to setting up the meeting.

At the end of the event, Furukawa said, "I would like you to support promising young people in various ways" (pic 8). His speech lasted for only six minutes because it was behind schedule. And it is a "historically short speech" for Furukawa, Hokamura said.