The call for innovation reverberates globally, with initiatives like the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering pushing boundaries. Among the vanguard of innovation stands SHARP Corporation (SHARP), a trailblazer with a legacy of 111 years in technological breakthroughs. Recently, at the signature SHARP Tech Day in Tokyo, Japan, the company unveiled a spectrum of groundbreaking technology advancements poised to redefine industries and enhance the quality of life for society.
Rooted in a commitment to merging modern-day challenges with technological solutions, SHARP President and CEO, Robert Wu, set the stage for a new era of technological transformation at Tech Day. The unveiled innovations spanned across AI, EV Solutions, Green Energy, Next Communication, Semiconductor, and Robotics, marking a strategic move towards making life and work more accessible and secure.
“SHARP Tech Day marks the beginning of a new generation of technological transformation that will inspire many more new innovations to come. The new innovations from SHARP are in the area of AI, EV Solutions, Green Energy, Next Communication, Semiconductor and Robotics. My vision is to see SHARP’s game changing technologies make life and work easier and safer. Thus, speed and determination are two important factors that will drive our technology advancement,” explained SHARP Corporation President and CEO, Robert Wu.
Four Pillars of Innovation
SHARP’s experiential showcase at Tech Day featured over 40 technology solutions categorized into four pillars: “The Future of Smart Living,” “The Future of Smart Cities,” “The Future of Smart Industry,” and “The Future of Sustainability.” Each category aimed to address contemporary challenges and offer solutions that align with SHARP’s commitment to innovation.
1. The Future of Smart Living: “Less Is More”
Under the theme “Less Is More,” SHARP presented its latest Smart Living Solutions. These innovations, powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and collaborative efforts with start-ups, cater to the needs of modern-day consumers. SHARP aspires to bring convenience and comfort to households, enriching lives through thoughtful technological integration.
2. The Future of Smart Cities: “Better Safety”
With a focus on “Better Safety,” SHARP showcased solutions for unexpected hazardous situations. The “Instant 5G Network” for disaster relief and AI driving-assistance features exemplify SHARP’s commitment to enhancing safety in urban environments. Mobility solutions were also emphasized, contributing to the development of smart cities.
3. The Future of Smart Industry: “Better Efficiency”
Integrating “Better Efficiency,” SHARP unveiled innovations for smarter offices, logistics, manufacturing, and laboratories. Through XR technology, robotics, and AI, SHARP aims to revolutionize workspaces and provide future-oriented solutions for manufacturing and bioengineering.
4. The Future of Sustainability: Innovation in Green Energy
Addressing global demands for sustainability, SHARP showcased innovations in Green Energy and Green Digital Communication. The company’s breakthroughs in solar development align with applications for homes, businesses, and even the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Additionally, Sharp IGZO backplane technology offers high visibility with zero power consumption, further contributing to sustainability efforts.
Nurturing Synergy among Innovators
Beyond developing solutions, SHARP actively fosters collaboration. The company released specifications for its edge AI technology and engaged with start-ups to develop generative AI technology. The collaboration extended to strategic partner FOXCONN, which showcased innovations in electric vehicles and semiconductors.
In the spirit of co-creation, SHARP organized a hackathon during Tech Day. Engineers, designers, and innovators from various industries collaborated to redefine the value of televisions in the future. Team Yukai na Nakama Tachi emerged victorious, proposing an ‘AI assistant standing close by the family.’ The winning prototype may see future joint development and acceleration support from SHARP.
SHARP Tech Day was a testament to the company’s unwavering commitment to innovation, quality, and sustainability. The event showcased cutting-edge technologies poised to spark conversations around adoption and new partnerships. SHARP believes that these innovations will not only inspire but also contribute significantly to the advancement of technology on a global scale.