Starting January 21 (Wed.), Laboratory for New Media 3rd Exhibition, "Hiroo Iwata: Dr. Strange Device," will be released on the 3F Information Science and Technology for Society.

The permanent exhibition "Laboratory for New Media" introduces, and periodically upgrades, cutting-edge science and technology and the possibility of expressions using captivating innovations as exhibits. This 3rd segment will introduce physical senses such as walking, moving, kinesthetic senses, and tactile senses in addition to visual senses. The artwork exhibited questions the existence and cognition of humans. These works that look a bit like the "creation of the strange" are ambitious challenges that will open up new, expressive frontiers with cutting-edge technology.

Laboratory for New Media 3rd Exhibition "Dr. Strange Device"

Term: January 21 (Wed.) - May 11 (Mon.), 2009

Exhibited work

<<Robot Tile>>

<<Media Vehicle>>


<<Robot Tile>>
It is a floor that has the function of moving in all directions and elevating up or down. The walker can walk endlessly without changing position.

<<Floating Eye>>
You can experience your eyes floating with the perspective of an airship that is floating above your head.

<<Media Vehicle>>
A small size vehicle which mounts a spherical display: The passenger can freely move around the real world and the world of virtual reality.

Projects the image onto a screen which can provide both physical form and level of solidness.
 You can experience the sensation of touching the ancient organism Anomalocaris.

<<Haptic Unit>>
It is a work created for the purpose of experiencing the basic movements such as artificially synthesizing and introducing the weight and hardness of a virtual substance.

Kinesthetic introduction device using gyro-moment: You can sense virtual feelings even in the air.

Hiroo Iwata
Conducts research of virtual reality technology, especially media technology, which applies physical senses such as tactile senses. He is the research representative for the "Expressive Science and Technology for Device Art," Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST) of Japan Science and Technology Agency. Dr. Iwata is a professor of the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba.