Throughout Asia, whenever I visit a new organisation, one of the first actions is the customary swapping of business cards. At this stage, I'm invariably asked,
'What is Social Innovation and why Now for Hitachi?'
Here is a small sample of patents granted to Hitachi this month in the United States. As I click through the URL for each item, note the dates as many of these patents are years in development.
IOT and Measurement related
9,228,973 Gas sensor
9,229,025 Inertial sensor
9,229,114 Radiation analyzer and method for analyzing radiation
9,240,124 Traffic-volume prediction device and method
9,229,450 Autonomous movement system
9,247,025 Method and device for guaranteeing performance in stream data processing
9,247,252 Image decoding device
9,241,684 Ultrasonic diagnosis arrangements for comparing same time phase images of a periodically moving target
9,235,895 Method for estimating direction of person standing still
9,247,675 Power converter
9,236,818 Drive device and drive method for brushless motor
9,236,590 Electric storage module and electric storage device
Power Generation and Battery
9,246,408 Power conversion apparatus
9,231,441 Wind power generation system, device using wind power generation system, and method for operating same
Why now?? These examples of Social Innovation have been with us for some time but are only just starting to become 'news' today. I look forward to February...