Shintaro "Sam" Asano
Nominee ~ Class of 2019
First Name: Shintaro "Sam"
Last Name: Asano
Company Name: UmeLink
Past Affiliations: Shintron Company, Inc.
Way Nominee has Helped to Further the Industry: Inspiration of the Golden Matrix Awards
Years of IDEA Membership: 1982 - 1988
Years in the Industry: 10
Character Beyond Reproach: Shintaro was the owner and founder of Shintron Company, Inc., located in Cambridge, MA. Shintron was a manufacturer of video equipment (production switchers, distribution and routing equipment, time code generators and readers, plus much more) for the broadcast television industry. A division of Shintron called DV Services provided services and video production system design and integration to the Diamond Vision group of Mitsubishi Electric from the very early days of the new Large Scale Video Display industry.
In 1988, Mitsubishi Electric purchased the DV Services Division from Shintron Company. After the purchase, Shintaro was requested to attend an executive level meeting at Mitsubishi Electric to share his knowledge of the quickly growing Large Scale Video Display industry in the Sports Market. During this meeting, Shintaro explained to executives at Mitsubishi Electric that the operators of these new display systems were often overworked, underpaid and underappreciated within their organizations. Shintaro, an early member of IDEA, suggested that Mitsubishi Electric propose and award akin to an Emmy or Oscar to the IDEA Board that would recognize the “best of the best” in the event presentation industry. At the conference later that year, Mitsubishi proposed the concept to the IDEA board and the Golden Matrix Award was created.
A little more about Shintaro: Shintaro “Sam” Asano, a Fulbright scholar at MIT in 1959, was named by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011 as one of the 10 most influential inventors of the 20th century who improved our lives. He is a businessman and inventor in the field of electronics and mechanical systems who is credited as the inventor of today’s office fax machine. Shintaro “I took the prototype to 23 venture capital firms in New England, all of which kicked me out the door as “no such need exists”. The Japanese Government heard about my prototype from their relationship with MIT, and sent a delegate of 7 engineers to my forlorn office of one employee. The group made a very fast decision to license the technology within two days of their stay in Boston. The Japanese Government and its Japan Inc. earned some $200 Trillion from 1971 to today in exporting the copier/fax/printer combo machines all over the world. I also developed a data tablet that capture customer signature at POS station if customers wish to use their credit card. This is everywhere today. My patent had expired some years before the use became widespread.”
Shintaro currently resides in New Castle, New Hampshire and keeps himself busy writing columns for various publications and working on inventions to improve the lives of the aging population in the United States. Shintaro: “Today I work on technological applications to assist elders over 65 in age to make their life safe and secure. My first such work is the device that reports when the wearer falls down. This is an automatic system and has no false positive or negative. I continue to work on various assist technology to make our elders (I am one of them) safe and secure.”
Nominated by: David Belding, LiveU