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2017 INNO-vation Disruptive Challenger
By introducing a pressurized fluid to a container filled with a particulate substance, the substance can be liquefied. This phenomenon is called a “fluidized bed" and has been used in many industrial fields for things such as incinerators, but has not been used in interface applications that humans directly get involved with. For example, by using sand as the powder/granular material and air as the fluid, and then projecting an image on the surface of the sand, you can create something that can walk on or swim through the sand at the flip of a switch. We study how to use various combinations of particulate and liquid substances to develop new, never-before-experienced interfaces that allow free control of solid and liquid phases.
Supervisor, Motoba Lab
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).