Training Researchers to Face the World
Computers Serve Only as a Catalyst
Copying and Pasting Tactile Senses
One of the projects we are concentrating hard on at the moment is a research project on tactile senses. The fact is that if we were to lose our tactile sense, we would not be able to stand up or even breathe. Everyday there is an enormous amount of input/output generated through our tactile senses, but we are unable to process them consciously. Compared to the senses of sight, hearing, taste, or smell, there is hardly any content or media based on touch. This has led us to concentrate our efforts completely on thinking about what it means to create tactile senses, as well as finding ways to express them.
To start with, we are testing out the idea of "copying and pasting tactile senses." We have developed a relatively simple device, and we are now in the process of taking it into various universities to collect output samples. The project as a whole has been named "TECHTILE," and is being widely developed in collaboration with art centers and designers. Although I also find the technology itself interesting, the end is not marked by the completion of the development as we would also need to take some additional steps, such as setting up a structure for extracting feedback very skillfully through the web and workshops. Our aim here is to explore a new design for conducting research.
Enjoying Tactile Cafés in the Future
Training a Triathlete
Can One Earn a Living as a Media Artist?
Since my student days, I have always wondered whether people who study Media Art and Design at university are able to earn a living in that field. This also links directly to the path followed by our laboratory graduates. I myself, since my student days, have set up companies wondering if I could build some sort of model or other, but now I finally feel that there is an increasing number of people with jobs where they can use what they have learned before.
Also, I would like to give my utmost support to people who aim to become researchers. Even with a specialization in design, it is important to obtain a doctorate as you would in other departments, with an outlook to build your future career. By using everything learned in XD, I would like to promote around the world, increasingly more receptive attitudes that are linked with society.