Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting Starts Proof-of-Concept for IC Card-Type Hardware Wallet in the Web3 Field – Tokyo, Japan

2022.08.17

Tokyo, Japan, August 17th, 2022 – Final Aim, Inc. (Delaware, US, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) and Sony Design Consulting Inc. (Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO Yutaka Hasegawa) today announced that they had started proof-of-concept for Sony’s contactless IC card-type hardware wallet in the Web3 field.

In recent years, Web3 technology has emerged globally, referred to as the next generation of the decentralized Internet. This megatrend created new industries and use cases such as DeFi and GameFi, and the application has even expanded to the Metaverse.
On the other hand, application to traditional industries has yet to be seen, and we consider there are unexplored areas like design and manufacturing.

Since its foundation in 2019, Final Aim, Inc. has been conducting research and development on blockchain technology with the mission to drive the adoption of Web3 technologies to not just people in finance with high IT literacy but also to the mass, regardless of their nationality, race, gender, and generation.
Furthermore, the company has launched a Web3 beta platform, “Final Chain,” and applied for three patents internationally.

Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. has been developing hardware wallet technology not just for payment but for all kinds of use cases which the technology includes mutual authentication/encrypted communication by applying Sony’s expertise in contactless IC card technology cultivated over many years.
In addition, this hardware wallet can securely generate and store a private key with a highly reliable tamper-proof module within the IC card. (Press release in 2018, patent application in 2019)

Since November 2020, Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting have formed joint research to explore design methodology and practices that ensure the rapid growth of startups’ business and equity financing.
To further expand our partnership scope and strengthen our joint forces, we have started the proof-of-concept in the Web3 field for the IC card-type hardware wallet with tokens issued by Final Aim.

Overview of the Partnership
In this proof-of-concept partnership, we will research and analyze the application of tokens by the IC card-type hardware wallet and the potential development of tokens and protocols in the design field.

1. Test token issuance by Final Aim and the application of the hardware wallet by Web3 technology.
2. Verify potential development of protocols by Web3 technology that utilizes the IC card-type hardware wallet in industrial design and digital manufacturing domains.
3. Explore blockchain technology with the hardware wallet application in other areas such as the Metaverse.

Role of Sony Design Consulting
Sony Design Consulting will provide the IC card-type hardware wallet, supporting design, and blockchain technology to conduct the proof of concept with the perspective of applications in a secure environment.

Role of Final Aim
Final Aim will provide its Web3 platform “Final Chain” that utilizes blockchain and token issuance, pushing forward its protocol development for design and digital manufacturing domains.


Screenshots of Web3 beta platform “Final Chain”

About Sony Design Consulting
Company Name: Sony Design Consulting Inc.
Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Director: Representative Chief Executive Officer, Yutaka Hasegawa
Business Description: Design consulting / Design management / Design service / Other related services
Website: https://www.sonydesignconsulting.com/

Since its foundation in 2020, Sony Design Consulting has provided consulting and design services such as visioning, branding, product design, UI design, and solution to various entities like corporates, startups, and government offices. Under the mission statement, “Discovering the potential, Leading to the possibility,” the company will serve all kinds of projects, not just design and joint research but also PoCs, to uplift design quality, support business management by design, and strengthen and organizing design role in industrial property rights.

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: US, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Drive the adoption of Web3 technologies for industrial design
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Since its foundation in 2019, the company has launched a beta platform, “Final Chain,” the industry-first solution with decentralized and distributed technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts, digital tokens, and IPFS, bringing full ownership and authenticity to designers and manufacturers in design planning, development, and production. With its Web3 platform, the company has collaborated with industry leaders such as Autodesk, Inc., a global leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, Ultimaker, a Netherland-based global leader in the professional 3D printing industry, and EYEMETRICS JAPAN, the world’s first eyewear brand originated in Switzerland that personalizes the design by 3D scanning each user’s face.
In April 2022, the company established a corporation in the US to expand its business, finance, legal, accounting, and strengthen its Web3 technology, including protocols and fungible/non-fungible tokens.

A Community Platform in the Web3 Era with Panasonic; Featured in Design Magazine AXIS – New York, US

2022.07.07

Introducing our latest collaboration on driving the adoption of Web3 technologies for industrial design

New York, US, July 6th, 2022 – Final Aim, Inc. (Delaware, US, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) is pleased to announce the collaboration with Panasonic Design New York to develop a new community platform in the Web3 era, has been featured in the Design Magazine AXIS.

Panasonic’s design department in New York has been working on numerous research and development, and one of the ongoing projects is the “Lifestyle Community Plan in the Web3 Era.” Final Aim has been supporting its Web3 technological development to revitalize the brand’s community; for example, CLUB Panasonic holds eight million members (as of June 2022).

The magazine’s feature, “A New Era of Industrial Design,” covered the story of Panasonic and Final Aim’s collaboration from community concept to potential ideas and planning that would accelerate the diversification of relationships between brands, people, and surroundings. This plan includes studying future visions of e-commerce like the metaverse with a function that allows the user of the Utility Token linked data to 3D print to update or customize Panasonic’s products. The combination of 3D printing and blockchain technology permits the exclusivity and authenticity of design, further providing incentives to user-posted 3D data. The team is also working on the potential implementation of an autonomous distributed community in the future.

Design Magazine AXIS was first published in 1981, and its contents related to the design industry have been distinguished from general magazines with unique and high-quality content. Since its first publication, the magazines have been highly favored by designers worldwide involved in business, service, and product development, as well as highly influential figures and opinion leaders.

Design Magazine AXIS:
https://www.axisinc.co.jp/english/service/society#design-magazine

For purchase:
Amazon – t.ly/gH-b

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: US, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Drive the adoption of Web3 technologies for industrial design
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Collaborated with Autodesk at Formnext 2021 – The World’s Leading Exhibition for Additive Manufacturing – Frankfurt, Germany

2021.11.18

Presenting our innovative process of design & prototyping by Autodesk’s 3D design software and Ultimaker’s 3D printer, and the final design ownership & authenticity is managed by our web3 beta platform, Final Chain.

Frankfurt, Germany, November 18th, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) today announced the company has collaborated with Autodesk, Inc. (HQ: San Rafael, California, United States), a global leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, at “Formnext 2021” – the world’s largest exhibition for additive manufacturing in Frankfurt, Germany.

Location: Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Date: November 16 – 19, 2021
Booth: Hall 12.0, C22 – Autodesk booth

The designers at Final Aim use Autodesk Fusion 360 and 3D printers in everyday projects such as mobilities, robots, and consumer products. All through the process from concept to production, it helps project teams to enable rapid design iterations and quickly visualize and formalize appealing industrial designs.
At the Autodesk booth, visitors will be able to see the innovative process of the initial design and prototyping phase in one of our latest projects – an autonomous delivery robot in Singapore.

For reference, from the prototyping aspect, the process can also be read online in the Customer Success Story by Ultimaker, a Netherland-based global leader in the professional 3D printing industry:
https://ultimaker.com/learn/yasuhide-yokoi-and-final-aim-inc


Innovative design process of an autonomous delivery robot by Autodesk Fusion 360 and Ultimaker S3 has caught great attention


Ownership & authenticity of essential project files such as 3D design data are managed by “Final Chain” – Beta platform by Final Aim to drive adoption of web3 technologies for design & manufacturing.

Our beta platform Final Chain aims to drive the adoption of web3 technologies for designers and manufacturers who need decentralized and distributed systems like blockchain, smart contracts, and IPFS technologies to achieve full ownership and authenticity of designs and manufactured products.

The 3D design data of the 3D printed models displayed at the Autodesk booth are all managed on this beta platform. Thanks to decentralized and distributed features, the designer can achieve and maintain product design ownership and authenticity in a more resilient, efficient, and secure way.

Read the full story of the beta platform here:
https://final-aim.com/final-chain-beta-launch


Streamlined user experience such as IPFS file management,
3D previews and blockchain certification

The beta platform launch is by private invite only; users interested in beta user participation, please contact at: contact@final-aim.com

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Chief Design Officer Yasuhide Yokoi Appointed as a Mentor at an Acceleration Program “HIGO CANVAS” – Kumamoto & Tokyo, Japan

2021.08.23

Kumamoto & Tokyo, Japan, August 20th, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) is pleased to announce the company’s Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer Yasuhide Yokoi has been appointed as a mentor at a startup acceleration program by Kumamoto City – “HIGO CANVAS.”

Program Website:
https://higo-canvas.com/

“HIGO CANVAS” is an acceleration program by Kumamoto City, that aims to discover, mentor, and promote future entrepreneurs that would create new industries.
The program also focuses on community development that supports entrepreneurship and new business creation.
By putting emphasis on entrepreneurs and startup companies as a community, and bringing in supporters and mentors from both in and outside Kumamoto City, the activity ultimately aims to build an environment where new industries continuously evolve.
The acceleration program will organize supports and events that align with the City’s cultural context, such as “Creative” and “Leading-edge Technology.”

Final Aim is a startup with a mission in creating new businesses in a global market through our zero-to-one support with innovative design and technology. Our efforts have been seen in those great collaborations, for example with Sony, OTSAW, a Singapore-based robotics startup, and Tier VI, a leading autonomous mobility startup.

Inspired by the ambition of Kumamoto City and the accelerator program “HIGO CANVAS,” Final Aim joined forces to provide our knowledge and know-how in startup development. With our support and mentor, we will push forward the entrepreneurship, innovation, and industry creation from Kumamoto City local to global.

About Kumamoto City Acceleration Program “HIGO CANVAS”
Host: Kumamoto City (Economic Tourist Bureau, Industrial Part, Industry Promotion Section, New Industry Support Room)
Supporters: Kumamoto Shintoshin Plaza / Kumamotonichinichi Shimbun
Operations: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC
Website: https://higo-canvas.com/
Contact: higo.canvas@gmail.com

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Designing Plastic Waste into Memorable Model Kit: “RePLAMO” Project Launch

2021.08.19

Tokyo, Japan, August 19th, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) is proud to launch a new collaborative project “RePLAMO.”
In collaboration with Specified Nonprofit Corporation, Green Bird (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Keisuke Fukuda), an organization that has been organizing cleanup activities all over Japan and worldwide, we are revealing a new project and its first design: a brand new model kit made from collected plastic waste.
Alongside the launch, Green Bird is now inviting participants to new beach cleanup events combined with the experience of making this memorable model kit from collected plastic waste.

A special website is now available for details and purchase:
https://replamo.jp

In recent years, the awareness of environmental measures is becoming higher from global policies like ESG criteria to local activities such as banning plastic straws and extra charging on shopping bags. However, the improvement of the global environment and ecosystem is yet limited.
Since its establishment, Green Bird has been challenging the issue of plastic waste for more than 19 years by collecting litter from cities, rivers, and oceans. To further push forward its vision of “Creating the opportunity for kids who will build a future to think about plastic waste in a positive and fun way,” Green Bird stood up to launch a new project “RePLAMO,” in collaboration with supporting organizations and members.

Green Bird website:
https://www.greenbird.jp/

Final Aim is a startup with a mission in creating new businesses in a global market through our zero-to-one support with innovative design and technology. Our efforts have been seen in those great collaborations, for example with Sony, OTSAW, a Singapore-based robotics startup, and Tier VI, a leading autonomous mobility startup.

Inspired by Green Bird’s strong ambition towards the new environmental and sustainable challenge, Final Aim joined forces to provide our industrial design support and turned project ideas into reality – a plastic model kit made from collected plastic waste.

Downloadable image materials for press and media:
URL: https://bit.ly/3hBEmkM
PASS: RePLAMO

“RePLAMO” Product Description

The first model kit is “Sea Turtle.”
Currently, plastic waste is causing harm and death to sea turtles. It is being said that 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean, and approximately 50% of the sea turtles are mistakenly eating plastic for food.
The product color comes in three themes: green, blue, and random. Since the material is made from collected waste, every turtle is unique as no single texture and pattern are the same as others.
Part of the sales will be donated to the Green Bird activity.

How “RePLAMO” is Made – Innovative and Sustainable Process

The material of “RePLAMO” is waste plastic collected through litter collection activity in cities and beaches. The model is carefully crafted and manufactured through litter washing, milling, molding, and post-processing.

Project Background


Specified Nonprofit Corporation, Green Bird
Representative Director: Keisuke Fukuda

Green Bird has been organizing activities under the concept, “A clean town makes for a good society.” The circle of activities has widened to 80 locations in Japan and worldwide, and the total participants per year are now up to 30,000 members. In terms of specific ocean environmental issues, Green Bird has been holding many family events, and further launched a new project this March – “RETTER” that transforms waste into attractive products such as coasters.
Aligned with this context, together with the project members below, we launched “RePLAMO” to create simple and enjoyable experience opportunities for kids to think about environmental issues.

Project Members

“RePLAMO” is a project that produces new value by combining environmental protection with creativity. Green Bird partnered with RABBIT (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, CEO Fusanari Masuda), CHERRY (Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO Akinori Suzuki), and Final Aim (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) to start off the project.


With the concept of “A clean town makes for a good society,” a specified nonprofit corporation that organizes cleanup activities. It was established in Harajuku Omotesando and has spread across the nation and worldwide.
https://www.greenbird.jp/


Focusing on art direction as the key area, the company realizes essential and timeless branding and communication design by production and framework design.
https://rabbitinc.info/


Grow connections, not just expressions. The company realizes optimal connections between brands and the world through ideas from borderless thinking and frameworks.
https://chrry.jp/


A startup with a mission in creating new businesses in a global market through its zero-to-one support with innovative industrial design and technology.
https://final-aim.com/

Supporter

Project RePLAMO is open to welcome new supporters and sponsors. For more information on the product and project, please contact below.
replamo@greenbird.jp

Contact Information
Specified Nonprofit Corporation, Green Bird
Tel: +81-3-5469-5318
Mail: replamo@greenbird.jp


About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting Launch “hdw4” to Promote Joint Research on Design Support for Startups

2021.07.01

Tokyo, Japan, July 1st, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) and Sony Design Consulting Inc. (Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO Yutaka Hasegawa) today announced the launch of “hdw4 (How Design Works For)” to publish and promote joint research for creative and design support for startups.

In recent years, there has been strong growth in startups worldwide and it is becoming more critical for startups today to design, develop and manage with a comprehensive approach. However, there remains a gap in startup business management and its design development caused by missing consolidated understanding or knowledge in every phase from theory to practice.

Having this as a challenge we share, since November 24th, 2020, Sony Design Consulting and Final Aim have formed joint research to explore creative and design development methodology and practices that ensure rapid growth of startups business and equity financing.

News Release: Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting Partner to Conduct Joint Research

We proudly announce the launch of “hdw4 (How Design Works For)” to publish and promote joint research for creative and design support for startups.

To share proper design understanding and fill any lacking in their current awareness of design for startups, we will be publishing our latest research insight on theories and practices on a regular basis. We commit ourselves to being a valuable resource for entrepreneurs, business owners, investors who support startup finance, and designers who engage in product or service design development.

Through this joint research and “hdw4”, the partnership aims to promote aggressive investment to design, and contribute to a resilient and sustainable ecosystem for startups.

“hdw4” Website URL
https://www.hdw4.com

Major Research and Publication Agenda
1. Explore and clarify the impact and effectiveness of design development in startups.
2. Propose effective design approaches and practices for startup growth.
3. Establish an industrial standard of contracts and fees optimal to design in startups.

hdw4 logo“hdw4” Logo

hdw4_websiteimage_en“hdw4” Website

About Sony Design Consulting
Company Name: Sony Design Consulting Inc.
Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Director: Representative Chief Executive Officer, Yutaka Hasegawa
Business Description: Design consulting / Design management / Design service / Other related services
Website: https://www.sonydesignconsulting.com/

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Partners with a Next-gen Battery Startup, ORLIB, for Their Business Management and Design Creations – Tokyo, Japan

2021.03.30

Tokyo, Japan, March 30th, 2021 – As a leading technology company to support zero-one business creation, Final Aim Inc., (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi), proudly announce our new partnership with ORLIB Limited. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masaharu Satoh), who specializes in new type of high-energy battery development and its practical applications. Final Aim will support their business development and design creation to realize their aim for sustainable and prosperous society.

Final Aim is a startup with a mission in creating new businesses in a global market by our zero-to-one support with technology and design. Our efforts have been seen in those great collaborations with Sony Design Consulting Inc., for creative design support for startups, OTSAW Digital Pte Ltd., Singapore-based robotics startup, PT. Yasunli Abadi Utama Plastik., one of the largest plastic manufacturers in Indonesia, BionicM Inc., Tokyo-based powered prostheses maker, and Tier VI Inc., a leading software startup in autonomous driving. Our aim had been consistent to zero-to-one support in development and management of business and design creation in all projects.

ORLIB is a startup listed in Program for Creating Start-ups from Advanced Research and Technology (START) of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). ORLIB develops high-energy, safe, and low-cost new-generation secondary batteries utilizing multi-electron reactions. This new type of battery is expected to be applied to a wide range of industry such as space aeronautics for drones and HAPS (unmanned radio stations in high-altitude), and mobility for robotics and EV. On October 31, 2020, ORLIB was adopted to 2020 NEDO Entrepreneurs Program (NEP) of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

ORLIB had a challenge, apart from its core technology, in its business management and design creation as it started commercializing their high-quality battery technology developed in a university lab. Final Aim is pleased to have come to this partnership with ORLIB to provide our hands-on support in business management and design creation for their business development.

Startup support of Final Aim to ORLIB
1. Startup business management support (financial advice, business planning, business development, organization designing and etc.)
2. Design creation support (corporate design, business and industrial design with related manufacturing support and etc.)

[A comment from Masaharu Satoh, CEO, ORLIB Limited.]
I believe the dream that most researchers and engineers share is to generate creative solutions in social involvement which direct people’s lives to better and more human state of being. Our developing high-energy batteries have a direct impact on our everyday lives and society. While we struggle with various issues to solve to polish our technology, we need to care about our business management and design creation thinking of the large theme that our technology has in the society. We realized this important point in the conversation with Final Aim. We believe this crossover collaboration will create a solution, something unique and exciting. We look forward to seeing it.

[A comment from Masafumi Asakura, Co-founder and CEO, Final Aim Inc.]
It is truly an honour to have partnership with ORLIB Limited., who marks the top runner in next-gen battery developers. Their technology takes an important role in many industrial categories starting with drones. As Final Aim is to support zero-to-one of startup businesses, I believe this partnership will also lead us to take a great step into a global application of our project.

[A comment from Yasuhide Yokoi, Co-founder and CDO, Final Aim Inc.]
I see their new type of battery has great advantage not only in its innovative technology but also in its wide range of applicability that will change existing hardware design completely in various industrial categories starting from autonomous mobilities and aerospace industries. The technology and vision of Mr. Satoh inspired us and we share the passion. I am thrilled to support ORLIB’s business growth and to create new industry together with the power of design.


Collaboration Project #1 – Corporate Design in Startup Foundation Phase

Final Aim supported total corporate design of ORLIB Limited. This is our partnership collaboration project #1 in their foundation phase. The design concept integrates ORLIB’s clarified vision and unique value, that is best suited for a next-gen battery startup from the university lab. The visual design and system are structured to enhance the corporate value by unified branding, essential in the startup foundation phase.

Design of Corporate Logo

Infused in battery package design of the core technology of ORLIB

Web design and business cards were newly designed and launched in the project



About ORLIB Limited.

ORLIB is a startup venture founded in May 2020 in a university program, and manufactures high-energy battery with double amount of energy to existing ones. With its high-energy battery quality and its basic characteristics proven in the market, ORLIB now challenges wider range of applications as well as further product development and quantity production.

Company Name: ORLIB Limited.
Location: 7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo University Entrepreneur Lab ( South Research Building )
Executive Officer: CEO Masaharu Satoh
Business Description: Developing and manufacturing high-energy secondary battery to support sustainable and better society.
URL: https://www.orlib.jp

About Final Aim, Inc.

Final Aim has started with ambition to support zero-to-one with design and technology and to create the world where anyone can start a business regardless of nationality, academic background, age, and gender. Its projects had been expanded from Japan to Singapore, Indonesia and to Rwanda. A partnership with a Singapore-based startup in robotics, OTSAW Digital Pte Ltd., a collaboration with Tier IV Inc., and a joint-research with Sony Design Consulting Inc. are our great milestones. Final Aim continues its challenge for upcoming startups and new business development divisions in large corporations to support their zero-to-one steps from both service and product specialty.

Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
URL: https://final-aim.com
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting Partner to Conduct Joint Research – Tokyo, Japan

2020.11.24

Tokyo, Japan, November 24th, 2020 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) and Sony Design Consulting Inc. (Minato-ku, Tokyo, CEO Yutaka Hasegawa) today announced they are partnering to conduct joint research on creative and design support for startups.

In recent years, there has been strong growth in startups worldwide, including US and Japan. More venture capitals, corporate venture capitals, and institutional investors are offering financial supplies to startups, and startup promotional supports are now widely available by accelerators, incubators, media, co-working space owners, and governmental offices.

Furthermore, in addition to the software industry, startups are expanding to various domains such as the hardware industry including IoT, robotics, autonomous mobilities, and aerospace, to the intellectual property industry in contents and entertainment sectors. It is critical for startups today to develop and manage with a comprehensive approach.

While a comprehensive approach is accelerating its need, there remains a gap in startup business management and its design development caused by missing consolidated understanding or knowledge in every phase from theory to practice.

Having this as a challenge we share, Final Aim and Sony Design Consulting have formed joint research to explore creative and design development methodology and practices that ensure rapid growth of startups business and equity financing.

This partnership aims to get rid of various gaps in startup development and design, promote aggressive investment to design, and contribute to a resilient and sustainable ecosystem for startups.

Major Research Agenda
1. Explore and clarify the impact and effectiveness of design development in startups.
2. Propose effective design approaches and practices for startup growth.
3. Establish industrial standard of contracts and fees optimal to design in startups.

Publication of the Joint Research Activity
The team will launch an exclusive website for this joint research with regular publication of progress and result. Organizing events are in our scope to encourgae open discussion in presentation and workshops. Details will be announced upon progress.

Sony Design Consulting

About Sony Design Consulting
Company Name: Sony Design Consulting Inc.
Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Director: Representative Chief Executive Officer, Yutaka Hasegawa
Business Description: Design consulting / Design management / Design service / Other related services
Website: https://www.sonydesignconsulting.com/

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Collaborated with Tier IV by Design to Support Realize Driverless Taxi Service – Tokyo, Japan

2020.11.12

Tokyo, Japan, November 12th, 2020 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi), is proud to announce that the company has collaborated with the top leading tech startups in autonomous driving, Tier IV, Inc. by design to support the realization of driverless taxi service.

Specifically, Final Aim supported the hardware design of the AI PXX, a roof package with LIDAR sensors and image cameras for long-range sensing, intended for the use case of medium-to-high speed autonomous driving.

From November 5th to 8th, Tier IV will install the package to the vehicle JPN TAXI and organize a driverless taxi service trial in the Nishi-Shinjuku area. The trial program is also run together with Mobility Technologies Co., Ltd., Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., KDDI Corporation, AISAN TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd., and Shinjuku Subcenter Area Environmental Improvement Commission.


AI PXX

Driverless taxi service trial in the Nishi-Shinjuku area

Final Aim’s mission is to support a zero-to-one step with technology for new business category creation and job opportunity generation following it.
Since the company’s foundation in December 2019, our global challenge has expanded from Japan to Singapore, Indonesia, and Africa in various industries such as autonomous mobilities, robotics, and digital manufacturing, where we enable a zero-to-one for startups, new business development departments in large corporations, venture capitals, and research labs in universities.

Since its founding in 2015, Tier IV has developed autonomous driving technology with the vision of achieving “Intelligent Vehicles for Everyone” − to establish the sustainable ecosystem for autonomous driving to which everyone can contribute in terms of development, and to solve societal issues such as traffic accidents and transportation inefficiency.
To develop all of these elements efficiently and dynamically, Tier IV has promoted the establishment of an ecosystem around Autoware*, the world’s first open-source software for autonomous driving. Autoware is supported by the largest autonomous driving open source community and has found widespread and international adoption as it is used by more than 100 companies and runs in more than 20 different countries.
Also, Tier IV has succeeded in multiple large fundraising since its foundation. Recently, the company has announced additional funding from SOMPO Holdings, Inc., one of Japan’s biggest insurance companies, taking its total funding to USD $166 million.
(* Autoware is a registered trademark of the Autoware Foundation)

As a side note, Yasuhide Yokoi, an industrial designer and a Chief Design Officer of Final Aim, has been supporting Tier IV industrial design since its early stage. He has collaborated with Shinpei Kato, the founder and CTO of Tier IV, Inc., and delivered various designs such as Milee, autonomous EV for short-range driving, and Logiee, autonomous micro-mobility for logistics.

For the new AI PXX, the design concept and principles inherit the core value of Tier IV that has evolved over the years of new ventures. Similar to other designs developed, AI PXX’s aesthetics such as form, colors, and textures convey the value of simplicity, friendly, and delightful.
Especially for AI PXX, it is important to keep the design simple since the package will be loaded to different vehicles from different car companies. Because each car has its design styling, the package needs to be harmonious without conflict of aesthetics.

With the new AI PXX, the company’s advanced technology, and strong industry knowhow, Tier IV aims to accelerate further development of autonomous driving technology, and continue to advance its vision, “Intelligent Vehicles for Everyone.”

– Yasuhide Yokoi, an industrial designer and a CDO of Final Aim, has supported Tier IV industrial design since its early stage –

Milee – autonomous EV for short-range driving

Logiee – autonomous & customizable micro-mobility for logistics

Postee – autonomous EV for postal service

AI Pilot – system unit for low-speed autonomous vehicles

– New AI PXX design inherits the core value of Tier IV that has evolved over the years –






Mounted on JPN TAXI

About Tier IV, Inc.
Tier IV, a deep-tech startup based in Japan, is dedicated to sharing technology for safe intelligent vehicles that will benefit all of society by enabling as many individuals and organizations as possible to overcome the barriers of time and space to collectively bring autonomous vehicles into reality.
Founded in December 2015, Tier IV has led the development of Autoware*, the world’s first open-source software for autonomous driving, and applied Autoware in applications of last-mile driverless mobility and logistics. Tier IV and its global partners continue to evolve Autoware and provide turn-key solutions for commercialization of Autoware-based autonomous vehicles all over the world. Learn more at: https://tier4.jp/en/
(* Autoware is a registered trademark of the Autoware Foundation)

About Final Aim, Inc.
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
URL: https://final-aim.com
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Main Partners: OTSAW Digital (Singapore), Yasunli (Indonesia), Bionic M (Tokyo), ICMG (Tokyo, Singapore, Silicon Valley), SHORA Ventures (Rwanda), GINZAFARM (Tokyo)
Contact E-mail: m-asakura@final-aim.com

AgTech Innovation by Design – Final Aim Announced a Partnership with GINZAFARM – Tokyo, Japan

2020.10.29

Tokyo, Japan, October 29th, 2020 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi), is proud to announce that the company has partnered with an agricultural EV robot startup GINZAFARM Co., Ltd. (Chuo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Kazuki Iimura). Final Aim will comprehensively support GINZAFARM’s startup growth from industrial design, hardware and business development.

And as a 1st partnership project, Final Aim has collaborated by design to develop “FARBOT”, a revolutionary autonomous agricultural robot mobility.
The initial design made its debut in AGRI WEEK TOKYO – Japan’s largest and Asia’s leading show for agricultural technologies – during October 14th-16th, 2020, attracting high public attention and strong industrial reputation.

FARBOT – Autonomous agricultural robot mobility

Final Aim’s mission is to support a zero-to-one step with technology for new business category creation and job opportunity generation following it.
Since the company’s foundation in December 2019, our global challenge has expanded from Japan to Singapore, Indonesia, and Africa in various industries such as autonomous mobilities, robotics, and digital manufacturing, where we enable a zero-to-one for startups, new business development departments in large corporations, venture capitals, and research labs in universities.

With a vision to “Enrich the future of agriculture with SmartAgri Technology,” GINZAFARM has been bringing innovation to agriculture by integrating robotics, AGV/UGV and other smart technologies.
The company has partnered with large social infrastructure organizations, such as NTT East by robot development in the local 5G network, Shikoku Electric Power by developing smart agricultural robots, and Japanese MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism) in smart agriculture of the smart city project.
GINZAFARM has further extended its smart agriculture and robot technology to the space industry, collaborating with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) in joint research and development of achieving lunar farming.

GINZAFARM has selected Final Aim as an alliance partner from the viewpoint of design and business development with a comprehensive scope and long-term partnership.
From agriculture to the space industry, the alliance aims to strongly push GINZAFARM’s growth as a startup to a global scale by blending Final Aim’s proven hands-on capability of zero-to-one startup support in the hardware design and manufacturing industry.

FARBOT – 1st Partnership Robot Design Project
As an initial kick-off project with GINZAFARM, Final Aim has collaborated by design to develop a revolutionary autonomous agricultural robot mobility, “FARBOT”.
The robot will support farmers not just in daily labor activities but also to sense, analyze, and visualize field data using smart technologies such as various sensors, AI computing, and autonomous driving.
Furthermore, the hardware design incorporates a mobility platform concept, enabling it to be customized to meet the diverse needs of local farmers, e.g. logistic cargo, lawnmower, and pesticide sprayer.
The exterior of the robot including various color options is designed to further enhance the concept of FARBOT.
Farming can now be more stylish and pleasurable with the visually appealing form that the new design takes, without any compromising on technology innovation and daily operability.

Sensing model

Customization – Pesticide sprayer model

Customization – Lawnmower model

Color variation

About GINZAFARM Co., Ltd.
Company Name: GINZAFARM Co., Ltd.
Location: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business Description: Development and sales of EV agricultural products with robot technologies, Farmer’s market (Marche) operation, Fruit and vegetable cultivation
URL: https://smart.ginzafarm.co.jp/
Representative Director: CEO Kazuki Iimura
Contact: https://smart.ginzafarm.co.jp/contact/

About Final Aim, Inc.
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and technology
URL: https://final-aim.com
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Main Partners: OTSAW Digital (Singapore), Yasunli (Indonesia), Bionic M (Tokyo), ICMG (Tokyo, Singapore, Silicon Valley), SHORA Ventures (Rwanda)
Contact E-mail: m-asakura@final-aim.com

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