Akira Wakita

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This paper discusses a new form of interface between humans and digital information. For this subject, we try to treat plants as ambient displays. As a first prototype, we propose PlantDisplay, which presents information as natural ambience. Furthermore, it gives a communication appealing to human sense and emotion by an organic change of plant.
<i>Mosaic Textile</i> is a wearable ambient display using non-emissive color-changing textiles. The system consists of textile modules, their controllers and substrate fabric. The textile module is called "Fabcell" (fabric element) and is composed of conductive yarns and liquid crystal ink. Combining fabcells, as if they are used as pixels, produces(More)
Computer graphics systems and CAD/CAM systems are widely used and an abundance of 3D-Data in various fields exists. However, based on the VRML technique, it is difficult to send such 3D-Data through the Internet, because of the large data size. Transmission of practical and highly detailed 3D-Data through the Internet becomes a primary requirement.(More)
In the current flood of information, content is growing more complex and diversified day by day. In that environment, information visu-alization is adding its weight, so as to search information by appealing to the eye. In this article, we examine theories of information visualization on the Internet and introduce practical approaches using Web3D. These(More)
<i>Programmable Blobs</i> is an attempt of actuated shape display using fluid material. We have developed an environment where we can program the shape of gel geometrically and topologically using our unique magnetic fluid called <i>pBlob</i>. This enables us to experience organic shape changes in real space, like a metaball in the CG world. The control(More)
Recently, organic interactive devices, inspired by shapes and movements of nature and living things, have been attracting attention. In order to implement such behavior, programming skills and mathematical knowledge are essential. Due to this, for the potential users of the devices, such as product designers, it is too hard to apply the attractive(More)
Figure 1: Example of a Lattice model reconstruction process and its medical application. Left: Initial dense polygonal mesh. Middle: Lattice mesh and Lattice surface reconstructed from a dense polygonal mesh. Right: a web-based medical application based on Lattice structure. Abstract This paper will describe a methodology for developing next generation(More)
This paper introduces <i>Blob Manipulation</i>, the interaction technique with fluidic soft matter. Most of the soft matters are substances between liquid and solid and possess viscoelasticity. We focus on this materiality and propose a novel interaction technique. A stirring rod is used as the input tool. When the system detects a user input such as(More)
We present <i>Anabiosis</i>, an interactive pictorial artwork based on our novel paper computing technique called <i>Polychrome Paper Computing</i>. When a viewer touches a butterfly printed on paper surface, the color of the butterfly changes dynamically. The user can also enjoy the flying animations and interactive instructions on the beautiful(More)