LightCloth - An interactive cloth woven from optic fibers

 

This is an interactive optic fiber cloth. It is made of side-emitting diffusive optic fibers so computer controlled light patterns can be displayed on it, and by attaching light receivers as well as light emitters, optical signals can be input using infrared light.

"Originally, we came across the light-emitting fabric, where light is emitted from the optical fiber surface. Conversely, we thought it could be used to input data by receiving light through the surface. So, we've created this kind of interface."

Today, November 11th, is Pocky Day!

 

We guess Pocky is one of the most well-known Japanese snacks outside of Japan. Even overseas, the traditional red box, sold in neighborhood stores, are easily in reach.

Today, November 11th, is a day of celebrating Pocky (and Pretz)! Let's eat and celebrate!

Interact with virtual characters in the real world

 

This mixed reality interface places virtual characters in the real world. It was developed by the Naemura Lab at the University of Tokyo.

Users can have an animated character jump onto their hand, as well as guide the character onto blocks, creating a novel interactive experience.

"Recently, devices have been developed that can form images in mid-air. We've utilized one of those, and combined it with sensors and a projector, to provide an intuitive display experience where a picture in the air is skillfully merged with the real world."

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