Taro Sugihara

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Typically, practitioners of the KJ method use paper labels and four-colored ball-point pens to externalize their thoughts and ideas during the process. A similar approach and method is used in group KJ lessons. However, due to the large paper size required, this approach is limited in effective capturing and sharing of outcomes. Considering the merits of(More)
SUMMARY Practitioners of the Jiro Kawakita (KJ) method, a method for organizing ideas, typically use paper labels and four-colored ball-point pens to record their ideas during the creative thinking process. A similar approach is used in group KJ method sessions; however, the effectiveness of capturing and sharing the diagrams and information is limited(More)
— We have been developing an RFID (radio frequency identification) mat system to assist caregivers in a group home. In Japan, the number of group homes offering home-like care for elderly persons suffering from dementia has increased considerably. Even though the smaller number of people residing in a group home makes it suitable for family-like care, the(More)
Classrooms for computer-related courses are intrinsically larger than regular lecture rooms because of the existence of installed PCs as well as network and outlet facilities. Some of the previous studies have investigated the effect of students' seat location on their performance, particularly for large class sizes. In this study we examined the effect of(More)
—We have been experimenting with Anoto-Pens to immediately monitor the progress of all students during a lecture. In our previous experiments, the teacher had to determine, in advance, the mapping between student seat positions and his/her digital pen IDs. To resolve this issue, we propose an instant seat-mapping method utilizing student signatures. When a(More)
We aim to clarify the requirements for the mimamori-care system in the group home to support caregivers who take care of persons with dementia (PWD). We investigated the effects of the prototype, which consists of several cameras and monitors, by interviewing eleven caregivers. We found that the prototype system not only helps the caregivers to watch out(More)
Dementia care is becoming increasingly important in Japan as the elderly population grows. Care homes are designed so that caregivers can easily observe and subsequently respond to the needs of people with dementia. However, the layout of care homes can become overly restrictive for residents, for example, by not providing intermediate spaces where people(More)