ADADA Japan 2015 conference

We attended ADADA 2015 Japan conference at Musashino Art University and did over 10 presentations. Fortunately we got 3 prizes at the conference.

ADADA Japan 2015

■ADADA Japan 2015 学生研究奨励賞(学生を対象とした賞)
◎集団行動をシミュレートする子供向け玩具の研究
首都大学東京 庭田 凪沙
首都大学東京 馬場 哲晃

ADADA Japan 2015 研究奨励賞(一般研究者を対象とした賞)
◎手書き入力インタフェースを用いた日用品デバイスへの応用とそのプロトタイピング
首都大学東京 馬場 哲晃
首都大学東京 Paul Haimes

◎プロジェクションマッピング技術を用いた物理的空間に溶け込むインフォグラフィックスの開発
大妻女子大学 中野 希大
首都大学東京 渡辺 真太郎

We launched a startup company

Orphe from no new folk studio on Vimeo.

Yuya (Doctoral course) and Takaharu (Alumni) launched a startup company.
The company name is No New Folk. They are now under the DMM Akihabara group. Their first product is “Orphe”, which is a smart-shoes system designed for performance that functions both as a customizable lighting system and a musical instrument/audio-visual controller.

They have already succeeded to be funded on Indigogo.

Orphe

Orphe is a smart-shoes system designed for performance that functions both as a customizable lighting system and a musical instrument/audio-visual controller. The sole of each shoe contains advanced motion sensors, around 100 full-color, serially-controlled LEDs, and a wireless module (patent pending). This technology allows users to intuitively express themselves in new and interesting ways by freely mapping interactions between their movements and light and sound. We also provide a system that makes it easy for users to share the assets they’ve created online, and we hope to grow a community of artists and performers working in different media and genres who can take inspiration from each other’s use of Orphe hardware and applications.

Nakanisynth

NAKANISYNTH is a synthesizer application that allows users to produce sound loops by freehand drawing sound waves and envelope curves. Since the only input required involves drawing two waveforms, users can easily produce various sounds intuitively without complex manipulation.

hazards.jp

Paul is currently working on a research project here at Tokyo Metropolitan University’s System Design faculty looking at how to make information on natural hazards (such as earthquakes, active volcanoes and typhoons) in Japan more accessible and usable. It’s very early stages but the plan is to build a smart phone app. We’ve recently launched a mini-site for the project at hazards.jp. This research will build on some of the findings from Paul’s PhD and the MyFireWatch project.

PocoPoco

Pocopoco is a new musical interface that users can control by pushing, holding and turning – very intuitive and tactile actions. To create Pocopoco we developed original solenoid units with built-in sensors and assembled 16 of them in a box-shaped container to serve as a universal input/output device. Through the use of their up and down movement we have created a new form of musical expression. The resulting device is a versatile interface whose physical movement is appealing to both performers and audiences.