Laboratory for New Media 9th Exhibition "Living with Monmo" open to the public at 3F "Information Science and Technology for Society" starting June 11 (Sat.).

The contents of the Permanent Exhibition "Laboratory for New Media" are updated periodically to introduce cutting-edge information technology and the possibilities of expression utilizing such technology. The 9th installment introduces works from the "JST ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project," which is advancing research on interfaces to make possible a variety of personal expression. This exhibition focuses specifically on research relating to everyday life, and features "Monmo," which are imaginary creatures, like the dwarves of the Grimm's Fairy Tales, that assist us in our daily lives. These "Monmo" attach themselves to our home appliances, for example, and operate them according to our instructions. We will experience cutting-edge interfaces, which act as harbingers of future technology, together with these Monmo.

Laboratory for New Media 9th Exhibition "Living with Monmo"

[Term] June 11 (Sat.) - December 27 (Tue.), 2011
* Due to the power situation and other conditions, Miraikan may modify its schedule and opening hours or close temporarily.

Exhibited Works

All 12 projects will be on display, showcasing their practical interfaces tailored for daily life. Works are scheduled to be divided into "Phase 1" and "Phase 2" (the following are some examples of the exhibits).

Time Monmo
Time Monmo -CastOven-
Table Monmo
Table Monmo -CRISTAL-
Wind Monmo
Wind Monmo -AirSketcher-
Card Monmo
Card Monmo -Magic Cards-
Switch Monmo
Switch Monmo -Push-pin-

Time Monmo -CastOven-
A microwave equipped with a monitor that allows users to enjoy perfectly timed video clips while they wait for their food to heat (Phases 1 & 2).

Table Monmo -CRISTAL-
Users can control the television, speakers, lights, and other appliances and media through an interactive tabletop (Phases 1 & 2).

Wind Monmo -AirSketcher-
By waving a controller wand in front of the fan, users can control the flow and strength of the wind, creating a comfortable environment (Phase 1).

Card Monmo -Magic Cards-
The robot recognizes commands written on cards placed on the floor and completes cleaning and organizing tasks (Phase 2).

Soccer Monmo -Walky-
Just by moving your two fingers, you can control the movement of a robot (Phases 1 & 2).

Switch Monmo -Push-pin-
A switch that controls a variety of appliances just by inserting a pin (Phase 1).

ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project
The ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project is supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Basic Research Programs. This interface research group is directed by Prof. Takeo Igarashi, Department of Computer Science, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo. The project aims to create new interfaces that allow general users to easily design their world based on their own sense and creativity.

JST ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project

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