Prof Yasushi Matoba sets up a traffic cone with a built-in fan
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Cones with fans - taking a lateral approach to problems

8 February 2016 Last updated at 10:16 GMT

From traffic cones with built-in fans which could help keep construction workers cool, to a waterjet printer which could be used to provided targeted irrigation, engineer and designer Prof Yasushi Matoba tries solve problems by taking a lateral approach.

"If I can create something interesting and at the same time the project benefits people, then that's great," he said.

Another of the professor's projects looked at the issue of latency - the speed at which data travels between users - by creating a device which allowed you to interact with your cat remotely.

BBC Click's LJ Rich finds out more.

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