Japan had a very strong showing this year at SXSW Interactive, from creative new prototypes by ad giant Hakuhodo to groundbreaking products by tech company Exvision, not to mention the startups from the University of Tokyo sent to participate through the Todai to Texas program.
Out of all these trade show and expo exhibitors, Hakuhodo Group’s SIX Inc. Japan has been named Best Bootstrap Company for Lyric Speaker, its next-gen speaker at SXSW Interactive’s 7th Annual Accelerator competition.
In addition, two Gold Lotus awards (AdFest) were given to Hakuhodo in the same week, one for Suntory Whisky Hibiki ‘Hibiki Glass’ in Outdoor TV, Electronic Poster & Video and the other for Hug Mart ‘Talkable Vegetables’ in Point Of Purchase (POP) Display.
Below is a round up of what SXSW attendees and the media were saying about Japanese innovations and products. Check it out!
Hakuhodo Inc.’s ‘Talkable Vegetables’ for Hug Mart takes a gold for Outdoor Lotus #ADFEST2015
— adobo magazine (@adobomagazine) March 20, 2015
— Entrepreneur (@Entrepreneur) March 15, 2015
Talkable Vegetables: Farmers talk to consumers when they touch supermarket produce: Ever wanted to hear vegeta… http://t.co/o2cKTV4EeN
— Entrepreneur (@Entrepreneur) March 16, 2015
— Laura Entis (@lauraentis) March 15, 2015
Flying cars, unmanned road trips, talking vegetables, the Meerkat/Twitter battle: SXSW news you might have missed http://t.co/fXndcN6Frk
— Linda Lacina (@LindaLacina) March 15, 2015
— Japan Trends (@JapanTrends) March 18, 2015
Talkable vegetables https://t.co/JP49UhfWAj
— Design Made in Japan (@designmadeinjp) March 19, 2015
Postie & Smilfie Pod
— Mengmeng Chen (@mengmengdotchen) March 18, 2015
— MissLA80 (@MissLA80) March 15, 2015
— AgencyRx (@AgencyRx) March 15, 2015
— ILLO (@illotv) March 17, 2015
— Kat Murti (@KatMurti) March 16, 2015
— Blue Water (@BlueWaterDC) March 15, 2015
The “iDoll”, a palm-sized robot that can dance to music, greet and make jokes, and that’s programmable via app: http://t.co/CusblIxjn9
— Peter Bihr (@peterbihr) March 15, 2015
— Stanley Goodner (@S_Goodner) March 25, 2015
This needs to happen now: Lyric IoT speaker – HomeTechTell http://t.co/DM9OY3UirR
— jscalone (@jscalone) March 26, 2015