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UDAR: The Next-Generation Electronic Musical Instrument

2015

Born in Osaka, 1981, Michinobu Uda is the developer of Udar and an avid "Udarist." After enrolling at the University of Electro-Communications, Uda began to learn classical guitar. At this time, questions about standard tuning began to arise, "isn't there a better tuning," and "what is CDEFGAB anyway?" This spawned the idea of Udar, an instrument to solve these questions he pondered. Since then, he has been nonstop developing Udar and is currently in development for version 6.0.x which aims to achieve the initial goals of ver. 5.x. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClkT15UYyEzawGcWL4ujY7w" target="_blank">YouTube</a>

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A Computerized Earring

2014

Kazuhiro Taniguchi describes his most charming feature to be his 'big ears,' and his tech offers a place for your ears to call home. Considering ears to be one of the most important organs to have throughout your life, Taniguchi has applied his background of engineering to help build a smarter, funner, and healthier attachment for your ears, bringing an extra helping hand to one of our key senses.

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Magnetically-Guided Capsule Endoscopy for the Whole Digestive Tract

2018

Naoki Ohmiya received his M.D. in 1988, and his Ph.D. in 1995. He was a research fellow at The Burnham Institute (San Diego, California) in 1997-8, an assistant and associate professor at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Nagoya University Hospital in 2001-13, an associate professor at the Department of Gastroenterology, Fujita Health University in 2013-2015. He has been a professor and chairman of the Department of Gastroenterology at Fujita Health University. His research fields include endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of gastroduodenal diseases, capsule endoscopies, small bowel diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, fecal microbiota transplantation, molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis in the alimentary tract, and biomarker development of gastrointestinal tumors.

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Autonomous Flight Control of a Vertical Take-off and Landing Flapping Flying Robot

2018

Takanobu Watanabe was born in 1972. He received the Ph. D. degree from Waseda University in 1999. He is currently a Professor at Waseda University. His research field includes electronic materials engineering and computational physics.

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The Pursuit of Realistic Building Destruction Videos using CG

2016

Miyake was born in Tokyo in 2000 and has entered the Department of Composite Culture, Faculty of Education, Waseda University. The VFX film "2045," which was released in his third year of junior high school, has been viewed over 1.5 million times. He is currently working part-time at a video production company in Tokyo. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCht6pU8sj3T8QEZHW5rllIw" target="_blank">YouTube</a>

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UNEUNEWARAWARA Animatronics

2016

Technology (Patents) Akira Nakayasu - Linear Actuator and Robot with Use of Linear Actuator, Japanese Patent Application 2020-12382 Akira Nakayasu - Three-Dimensional Motion Display Device, Illumination Device, and Method for Sending Information, Japanese Patent Application 2020-12383 Akira Nakayasu - Linear Actuator, Japanese Patent Application 2019-13412 Akira Nakayasu - Three-dimensional Motion Display Device and Method for Controlling the Same, Japanese Patent Application 2017-16491 Akira Nakayasu - Three-Dimensional Display Device, Japanese Patent Application 2017-164918. <b> Works, Awards </b> Tentacle Flora (2018)  Aesthetica Art Prize Longlist 2020、SIGGRAPH 2019 Art Gallery、ALife Art Award 2018 Special Jury Prize Luminescent Tentacles (2016)  SIGGRAPH ASIA 2016 Art Gallery, UIST 2016 Best Demo, Asia Digital Art Awards Exhibition 2016 Interactive Art Category Excellence Award Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Innovative Technologies 2016, 1st Hakura Award VR Technology Encouragement Award, Montzukuri Bunka HAJIME ASAOKA Award

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Development of a "Glowing Pupil's" Interface to Attract People

2018

Yoshihiro Sejima was born in 1982. He received his Ph.D. from Okayama Prefectural University in 2010. He is currently an associate professor at Kansai University. His research interests include human-robot interaction and social robotics. He received the ‘KAZUO TANIE AWARD (Most Outstanding Research Award)’ at IEEE RO-MAN2015. Related URL: - <a href ="http://www2.kansai-u.ac.jp/hri/" target="_blank">http://www2.kansai-u.ac.jp/hri/</a>

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Development of an "Fluidized Bed Interface" Using the Fluidized Bed Phenomenon to Liquefy Granular Material

2017

Visiting Professor, Department of Comprehensive Machinery, Monozukuri University Undergraduate Education and Research Cooperator, Faculty of Science Faculty of Science, Ochanomizu University Yasushi Matoba graduated from the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Shinshu University, and went on to work at Honda Institute of Technology where he researched automobile materials in addition to operating a care facility for those suffering from dementia. In addition, he enrolled as a visiting professor at Monozukuri University. Matoba is researching a new interface to fuse the virtual world with real objects. He has won a number of achievements including exhibitions at ACM SIGGRAPH (Art Gallery,Emerging Technologies) and Ars Technica, and awards at events such as "Digital Content Grand Prix," "Interactive Art Award," the Laval Virtual Awards 2013 Grand Prix, the Asian Digital Art Awards Exhibition and Interactive Art Excellence Award category and the WBS Tray Tama (2013, 2017).

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Interviews

2021/02/17 19:30

Yosuke Furusawa

The “Aquaman” of Japan

Breaking down the barrier separating reality and fantasy by manipulating the movement of fish

Furusawa isn’t a fisherman or a farmer, but you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise as he emerges from one of his giant water tanks clad in chest-high rubber waders. He’s an engineer, and he has created something that evokes comparisons to that American comic-book superhero of old, Aquaman. Furusawa has invented a way to talk to fish. It doesn’t use words, of course, but rather carefully crafted underwater electrical fields to direct and corral schools of fish like a sheepdog herds its flock. This might not sound like much of a superpower, but the device’s potential impact on the world is in fact supersized.

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The “Aquaman” of Japan

2020/06/05 18:00

Takahito Aoto

“Soft thinking” – a camera to capture softness

Dr. Takahito Aoto (University of Tsukuba) is working to develop a device that can measure the exact softness of materials without actually touching them

Is it gelatinous or doughy or simply limp...? The only way to determine the softness (and elasticity) of an object is by touching it and feeling for yourself. However, Dr. Aoto is currently engaged in research on a special kind of camera—a camera that “captures softness.” Since it accomplishes this simply by filming objects, the camera is, of course, non-contact, non-destructive, and non-invasive. It can determine how springy an object is based solely on the visual data that it collects.

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“Soft thinking” – a camera to capture softness

2020/05/22 18:00

Yusuke Nakano

Chicks, Sex and Tech

Using AI to solve the growing issue in the chick sexing industry

Yusuke Nakano is a specialist in making the invisible visible. Be he’s no mad scientist or magician – he’s a video-streaming expert with a trick up his sleeve.

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What is InnoUvators?

InnoUvators are individuals in society that have a mindset of continually undertaking challenges without fear of failure.

They are the creators of "something new from nothing," forming and implementing original ideas without being bound by preconceptions. In Japan, there are efforts to find and support such InnoUvators. This site introduces those visionaries, and the technologies born of their challenges.


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