From Tokyo, Japan, Vanguard Industries is an innovative startup. This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vanguard Industries Inc.
Vanguard Industries at SXSW 2018 – A Promising Startup from Japan
For the last few years, I have attended South by Southwest (SXSW) here in Austin, Texas. I love meeting new people and learning about new developments, products, and ideas.
During SXSW 2018, I met with Masahiko Yamanaka, the president of Vanguard Industries. He was in Austin demonstrating an underwater drone as well as some other innovative products the company developed. Their exhibition is supported by the Japanese government acceleration program “Hiyaku Next Enterprise”. In addition, Vanguard Industries was selected as a promising startup by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. That’s pretty impressive!
An Underwater Drone and Other Innovative Products
After giving me details about the company, Mr. Yamanaka demonstrated the underwater drone and a fidget knob that attaches to back of mobile phones. He explained that the underwater drone works like a hovercraft by sending air to the bottom in order to float up. Since it cannot get radio waves like WiFi underwater, the main body is on the surface of the water. Then, when it is time to take pictures, the camera that is attached to the main body, lowers into the water by a cable. Right now, the plan is to have 3 – 5-meter long cable for the underwater camera.
Video from SXSW 2018
In this video from SXSW 2018, Masahiko Yamanaka, the president of Vanguard Industries demonstrates an underwater drone. The humming sound you hear in the video is the sound of the drone’s motor.
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In addition to the underwater drone, Vanguard Industries has undertaken more than 10 projects under contract with major companies.
Vanguard Industries Inc.’s goals include establishing systems that help and grow society by using the capabilities of the manufacturing industry in Japan. If you would like to learn more, visit the Vanguard Industries Inc. webpage.
I enjoyed speaking with Mr. Yamanaka about the company as well as the country of Japan. It is always fun for me to talk to people from other places and learn more about their countries.
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