CTC becomes VAR for Canesta's electronic perception technology in Japan

SEPTEMBER 8--Canesta Inc. (San Jose, CA; www.canesta.com), a leader in electronic perception technology, announced that Itochu Techno-Science Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) has agreed to become the first value-added reseller in Japan for Canesta's technology and products.

SEPTEMBER 8--Canesta Inc. (San Jose, CA; www.canesta.com), a leader in electronic perception technology, announced that CTC (Itochu Techno-Science Corporation; Tokyo, Japan) has agreed to become the first value-added reseller (VAR) in Japan for Canesta's technology and products. CTC's representation is a significant endorsement of this new technology category, which CTC believes will generate immediate and compelling interest. Canesta sees CTC as its "key" partner in the Japanese market.

"The ability to enable everyday devices to see, particularly with a small, low-cost chip, is quite revolutionary," said Hideki Negishi, general manager, CTC industrial engineering sales department. "Japan is the home of many companies that are leading the way in machine vision, robotics, and other sensor-based applications, and we believe that Canesta's technology will immediately find its way into a large number of projects, both short and long term."

CTC will provide crucial software integration, customer-support, and application-development services as well as product sales, particularly Canesta's new Electronic Perception Technology Development Platform, launched in Japan at CTC's headquarters in Tokyo. The Development Platform will enable researchers and engineers to explore and prototype applications that could benefit from real-time, 3-D machine vision. Canesta's Japan presence is additionally supported with its direct sales office in Tokyo.

Applications for the technology are numerous and are of particular interest to Japanese developers. For example, robotics researchers can anticipate breakthroughs in "eyes" for numerous types of autonomous robots. Applications in manufacturing, warehousing or security will be able to locate and discriminate objects by size and shape. In public safety, automotive sensors could detect nearby pedestrians to avoid personal injuries. And automatic doors could be improved such that they only opened when individuals approached them directly, rather than for every passerby. "Japanese companies are among the leading providers in such novel and important applications," said Hideki Negishi.

Established in 1972, CTC provides advanced IT solutions to enhance enterprise network systems. CTC supports market segments that include telecommunications, broadcasting, finance, distribution, manufacturing, education/government, medicine, pharmaceutical/chemicals, and textiles/apparel.

Canesta is the inventor of a low-cost electronic perception technology that enables machines and ordinary electronic devices to perceive and react to nearby objects or individuals in real time. When sight-enabled with Canesta's unique electronic perception chips and software, consumer, automotive, industrial, military and medical products can gain functionality and ease of use not possible in an era when such devices were blind.


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