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.

Generative Design & Web3 Technologies Combined with Historic Japanese Samurai Sword Craftsmanship, “TACHI” – Tokyo, Japan

2022.06.09

Tokyo, Japan, June 9th, 2022 – Final Aim, Inc. (Delaware, US, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) is pleased to unveil an art piece “TACHI” that combines the latest technologies of AI-powered generative design and Web3 with traditional Japanese katana swords craftsmanship with more than 400 years of history. The product is from a collaboration project between Studio Shikumi Inc. (Tokyo, Japan, CEO Shimpei Kawachi).



Background & Concept
Final Aim is a startup that drives the adoption of Web3 technologies for industrial design.
To extend the vision further to the traditional arts and crafts industry, the company partnered with Studio Shikumi. This leading producing company supports many kinds of Japanese craftspeople and artists.
The katana sword is crafted by Kunihira Kawachi, the 15th-generation swordsmith Kunisuke Kawachinokami with more than 400 years of inherited traditions in the Osaka and Nara region.
By combining it with the innovative AI-powered generative design and Web3 technologies, the final art piece realized the distinctive design and re-imagined the style of displaying the katana sword.
The title “TACHI” comes from a combination of a Japanese word: “太刀 (tachi),” meaning a sword, and “立ち(tachi),” meaning to stand up.


Kunihira Kawachi

Optimum Shape Modeled by AI-powered Generative Design
Generative design is a cloud-based automated design exploration and 3D modeling technology powered by artificial intelligence that allows designers to input parameters such as design goals, materials, manufacturing methods, and cost.
Thanks to these latest technologies, the design achieved functionality such as grip ergonomics, product strength, suitable material selection, and minor consumption.
Furthermore, not just its functional achievements, this innovative approach generated a breathtaking organic look that resembles the skeleton of an animal or the veins of a leaf, adding an energetic vital impression to the sword made by the craftsman’s whole heart and soul.




Authenticating The Value of Design by Web3 Technologies
The design created is managed and protected by a Web3 platform for design and digital manufacturing, “Final Chain,” developed by Final Aim.
The platform integrates decentralized and distributed systems like blockchain, smart contracts, and IPFS. Through this comprehensive web3 platform, original master design files are stored and shared by IPFS technology.

Read more about the Web3 platform: https://final-aim.com/final-chain-beta-launch

Every generated design file has been certified by blockchain record to prove its originality and integrity. Furthermore, this certificate record is physically engraved on every model.
As a result, this becomes the proof of authenticity and uniqueness, allowing the project owner to create and share design files with partners and collaborators without the worries of underlying digital risks and further fulfilling the buyer’s desire for possession.

Blockchain certificate record is physically engraved on every model


Web3 platform for design & manufacturing “Final Chain”

Exhibition & Sales
As a world premiere, “TACHI” was unveiled at a global conference, “Autodesk Accelerate 2022,” held in New Orleans, US, from 17th to 18th May, by Autodesk, Inc. (HQ: San Rafael, California, United States), a global leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
Furthermore, the project team is planning exhibitions in Japan and worldwide, such as in New York. More information, including sales, is to be announced.

Contact for The Art Piece, Exhibition, and Sales
Studio Shikumi Inc.
Mail: info@studio-shikumi.jp


About Kunihira Kawachi
He was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1941 and apprenticed under archaeologist Masao Matsunaga while at the Faculty of Law, Kansai University. After graduation, he studied Soshuden from a craftsman named Akihira Miyairi (lately changed name to Yukihira). He then established a katana sword blacksmith in Higashi-Yoshino-Mura in Nara prefecture. He also studied Bizenden from a craftsman named Sumitani Masamine in 1984. He was qualified for an exemption of examination in 1987 and designated as Important Intangible Cultural Property by Nara prefecture in 2005.

About Studio Shikumi
With a mission to ensure the continuity of arts and crafts culture while respecting the essential value of artworks and products, the company organizes and supports a wide variety of Japanese craftspeople and artists.

About Final Aim
Company Name: Final Aim, Inc.
Location: US, Japan
Founders: Masafumi Asakura, Chief Executive Officer / Yasuhide Yokoi, Chief Design Officer
Business Description: Zero-to-one support with design and Web3 technologies
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Substantiating by Web3 Technologies the Value of Design & Serial 3D Printing – Final Aim’s Platform Use Case in Productions and Sales

2022.02.01

Tokyo, Japan, February 1st, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) announced that the company utilized its web3 platform “Final Chain” in productions and sales to substantiate the value of design and products. Specifically, the platform protected the authenticity of the figurine design created by the Final Aim designer and the originality of each product manufactured in serial 3D printing.

Designing with 3D CAD software, sharing final design files via the cloud, serial 3D printing, and distributing products have been the core of the modern industrial design. Designers at Final Aim heavily use these conventional tools and services daily. However, there remain underlying digital risks: reverse-engineering, copying, tampering, counterfeiting, and losing control of the data ownership.

To overcome these inevitable challenges, Final Aim is developing a web3 platform “Final Chain” that integrates decentralized and distributed systems like blockchain, smart contracts, and IPFS technologies.

Read more: “Final Aim Introduces Beta Platform “Final Chain” to Drive Adoption of Web3 Technologies for Design & Manufacturing” – https://final-aim.com/final-chain-beta-launch

With streamlined user experience and intuitive interface, designers and manufacturers can collaborate. It targets not just design files but also intellectual property and legal contracts to build trust and authenticity

To celebrate “Year of the Tiger” – 2022’s oriental zodiac animal symbol – a designer at Final Aim created an original figurine and used the Final Chain platform in design management, productions and selling to customers.
Through the comprehensive web3 platform, original master design files are stored and shared by IPFS technology. And every 3D printed design file has been certified by blockchain record to prove its originality and integrity. Furthermore, this certificate record is 3D printed physically on every model.
As a result, this becomes the proof of authenticity and uniqueness, allowing the designer to create and share without the worries of underlying risks and fulfilling the buyer’s desire for possession.





With the progress of the Final Chain platform, the company will be strengthening and expanding partnerships to co-create and realize web3 in the design and manufacturing industry.

The current platform 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 web3 technologies
Website: https://final-aim.com
Contact: contact@final-aim.com

Final Aim Collaborated With EYEMETRICS JAPAN to Secure 3D Scanned Personal Data by Its Web3 Platform, “Final Chain” – Tokyo, Japan

2022.01.25

Tokyo, Japan, January 25th, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) today announced that the company has collaborated with EYEMETRICS JAPAN (HQ: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan), the world’s first eyewear brand that personalizes the design by 3D scanning each user’s face. The collaboration secured customer’s 3D scanned face data by “Final Chain,” a beta platform by Final Aim that drives adoption of web3 technologies for design & manufacturing.


(Courtesy of EYEMETRICS JAPAN Website: https://www.eyemetrics.co.jp/)

Originated in Switzerland, EYEMETRICS JAPAN is the world’s first made-to-order personalized eyewear brand. With its innovative facial 3D scanning and 3D modeling technology, the company has provided eyewear design with a perfect fit to every customer for more than 30 years.
In daily operations, the company manages and stores users’ 3D face data in a centralized system and storage. The brand faces potential issues of maintenance, security, and the ownership of personal data, which may become more critical due to the recent rise in social awareness on privacy data protection.


3D scanning & modeling process (Courtesy of EYEMETRICS JAPAN Website)

The beta platform “Final Chain” by Final Aim aims to drive the adoption of web3 technologies for designers and manufacturers who need decentralized and distributed systems to achieve full ownership and authenticity of designs and manufactured products. The platform leverages decentralized features like a public blockchain, smart contracts, and IPFS.
For example, the platform was used in collaboration with Autodesk Inc. for securing ownership and authenticity of essential files such as 3D design data.
More on: https://final-aim.com/formnext-with-autodesk


The platform was used to secure and share designs with IPFS file management, 3D previews and blockchain certification

Based on the risk and needs associated with 3D scanned personal data and the current system, EYEMETRICS JAPAN teamed up with Final Aim to test the feasibility of its new platform concepts and the potential of web3 technologies.
With actual user data, the team was able to verify the effectiveness of blockchain and IPFS on the platform, not just from the business side but also from the user benefit, securing data integrity and allowing full ownership to users. The verification deepened and expanded to consider new business opportunities capitalizing on the data asset to emerging markets such as digital manufacturing, AR/VR, and the metaverse.


With actual user data, the team was able to verify the effectiveness of blockchain and IPFS on the beta platform “Final Chain”

The beta platform is by private invite only; users interested in 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 web3 technologies
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 Introduces Beta Platform “Final Chain” to Drive Adoption of Web3 Technologies for Design & Manufacturing

2021.11.12

The industry-first solution with decentralized and distributed technologies; bringing full ownership and authenticity to designers and manufacturers in design planning, development, and production.

November 12th, 2021 – Final Aim, Inc. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO Masafumi Asakura, and CDO Yasuhide Yokoi) today announced the launch of a private beta platform, “Final Chain.” The platform 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.

Final Chain platform helps users be more accessible to emerging web3 technologies, with industry-first features like comprehensive project management system, immutable blockchain certification, Interplanetary File System (IPFS), collaborative audit network, and instant sharing of authenticity proven.

With streamlined user experience and intuitive interface, designers and manufacturers can collaboratively manage projects from the upstream to the downstream processes. It targets not just design files and manufacturing data but also intellectual property and legal contracts.

As a result, users can benefit from a faster, scalable, and resilient way to add value and trust to their designs and products. Ultimately, the platform will be an advantage beyond designers and manufacturers, such as related stakeholders: investors, business owners, and partners.

Since the foundation, Final Aim has been supporting many startups and new business development in MNCs. Our efforts have been seen in those great collaborations, for example with OTSAW, a Singapore-based robotics startup, Yasunli, one of Indonesia’s largest plastic manufacturers, Ultimaker, a Netherland-based global leader in the professional 3D printing industry, and Sony Design Consulting in Japan.

In the course of our daily support, we face many industrial challenges and critical user insights where web 2.0 technologies cannot fulfill and often contradict.

“We’ve designed the Final Chain beta platform to push forward the upcoming web3 era and further transform the existing design and manufacturing workflows,” said Masafumi Asakura, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Final Aim.
“The platform gives users the ability to develop and manage designs with much more integrity from concept through to production and launch. Adopting decentralized and distributed features will strongly support designers and manufacturers to achieve and maintain their products’ authenticity in a more resilient, efficient and secure way,” said Yasuhide Yokoi, Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer at Final Aim.

Final Aim has already filed three patent applications related to blockchain, smart contract and machine learning technologies applying IP management, valuation and scoring management, and digital manufacturing supply chain.

The evolution of web3 also impacts design & manufacturing

“Final Chain” private beta platform delivers the following features:
– An intuitive filing system that manages designs, contracts, IP evidence and manufacturing data comprehensively throughout the process. It is compatible with multiple file types, including 3D design data.
– Total hassle-free UX/UI design on submission and managing blockchain certification with our developed smart contract.
– Instantly share the blockchain certification and IPFS data across project collaborators, manufacturers, and other stakeholders, by original URL quick generation system.
– Flexible API blockchain connection & customizable blockchain records, through our original backend system.

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




Final Aim future business development

With the progress of the Final Chain beta platform, the company will be strengthening its resources and formation, especially engineers. Furthermore, the company will expand partnerships to co-create and realize web3 in the design and manufacturing industry.

The main focuses are:
– Accelerate joint studies and PoCs utilizing decentralized and distributed networks and systems with creators, designers, enterprises, and manufacturers globally.
– Form further Final Chain platform partnerships with startups, new business development in MNCs, academic laboratories, design, and legal firms. Target regions are not only in Singapore and Indonesia but also in the US and Europe.

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