Japan quick review : ANA & US travelers, Fujitsu & health

By March 19, 2013

All Nippon Airways transform travelers into manga personality / Fujitsu Laboratories develops real-time pulse monitor using facial imaging

All Nippon Airways Lets Travelers "Do" Japan with Interactive Website

All Nippon Airways (ANA), a Japanese airline company, has launched "Let's Do Japan", a site that lets visitors create their own Japanese manga personality and learn helpful tips about Japanese culture and trends. In this campaign targeting U.S. consumers, visitors to the site create their own characters through Manganizer, which uses the popular Japanese manga style of comics and features five distinct Japanophile travelers that embody the characteristics of ANA and Japan. Visitors choose to be either Executive, Fashionista, Gourmand, Designer or Aficionado to create their original manga hero and manga stories with their own pictures. Manganizer uses face recognition technology to render manga images of the user, based on information shared with the app through Facebook Connect or by uploading their image. The rendered manga can then be tweaked using the editor, and downloaded or shared via Facebook and Twitter. By using the Facebook Connect function, users can also generate entire manga stories that incorporate themselves as well as their Facebook friends into the plot. Another feature of the site is 360° Japan, where visitors explore three scenes: a restaurant, design architecture lounge and Akiba café. Embedded within the scenes are interactive connections, allowing users to click onto images to learn more about Japanese cultures, traditions and trends. Visitors can learn more about sensu hand-held fans or what omelet rice drawing involves.

Fujitsu Laboratories Develops Real-Time Pulse Monitor Using Facial Imaging

Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced that it has developed a technology to measure a person's pulse in real time using a built-in camera or webcam in a PC, smartphone or tablet. The system detects a person's pulse by measuring variations in the brightness of the person's face thought to be caused by the flow of blood. It is based on the characteristic of hemoglobin in blood, which absorbs green light. It requires no special hardware and can measure pulse rate by pointing a camera at a person's face for five seconds. It also automatically chooses moments when the person's body and face are relatively still to minimize the effects of irrelevant data on measurements. This technology has a wide range of potential uses, including health monitoring and maintenance as well as security applications.

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