Panasonic Plans To Build A ‘Smart Town’ In Japan By 2014

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  1. SamAsh07

    SamAsh07 GBAtemp Addict

    Jan 27, 2009
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Japan may still be recovering from earthquake-related woes, but that's not stopping Panasonic and eight partner companies from pushing ahead with their own rebuilding effort that could reshape the way future cities and towns are built. Part demonstration initiative and part reclamation project, Panasonic and friends are turning the footprint of one of the company's former factory sites into a 47-acre, 1,000-home "smart town" with energy- and eco-conscious considerations leading the development.

    But the idea here isn't to create a town stripped to the bare minimum energy usage. Rather, by building the "Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town"—Fujisawa City in Kanagawa Prefecture being the larger urban area here—with next-gen power-generating and power-saving infrastructure from the ground up, the companies plan to show just how green a town can be when various technologies are stacked together and work in unison.

    As such, Fujisawa SST won't necessarily be home to never-before-seen, cutting-edge technologies, but to a variety of common green tech staples that, despite their availability, are expensive to retrofit into older buildings and towns.

    For instance, every roof structure will be embedded with modern solar panel technology that both powers the house and banks unused energy in a home-based storage battery. Transportation infrastructure will be designed with electric vehicles in mind. Networked sensors all over town will control things like public lighting, ensuring wattage doesn't go to waste via a local smart grid.

    Basically, Fujisawa SST is envisioned as a bottom-up approach to energy efficiency—a green village built from scratch with modern green technologies rather than less-efficient older tech. Panasonic wants to use it as a template for other larger communities in Japan and elsewhere. If all goes as planned, Fujisawa SST will start receiving residents in March of 2014 and finish filling up its houses by 2018.[/p]

    [​IMG] Future Sauce

    Next-up in Japan - Robotic Houses that fly away from Earthquake zones. [​IMG]
  2. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    or that house in the simpsons cat burgler ep that runs away [​IMG]
  3. SinHarvest24

    SinHarvest24 Shiroyasha

    Oct 8, 2010
    Anywhere you think of me.
    This looks kool, wouldn't mind staying/living in one of those towns.
  4. Donald Serrot

    Donald Serrot GBAtemp Fan

    May 11, 2009
    United States
    That really sounds like a great way to get rebuilding going. Not just to rebuild it, but to make it better, faster, stronger. I'd love to live in or at least visit a place like that. I bet it's gonna be expensive housing though, that's the only downside I see.
  5. Narayan

    Narayan desu~

    Sep 29, 2010
    sounds like a nice place.
    i now know where i'll be living in 2014.
  6. KingVamp

    KingVamp Haaah-hahahaha!

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    Don't they know what happen to the smart house? [​IMG]

    Is everything going be called "smart"? Nintendo reveals S(smart)DS! [​IMG]

    Seriously sounds cool. We even have those hybrid cars which can go with those houses...