Laboratory for New Media 12th Exhibition "The Studio - Extend Your Real World -" opens on July 3 (Wed.)



The permanent exhibition Laboratory for New Media is a space that introduces the potential of expression through advanced information technology, and periodic updates of feature exhibitions.

The latest 12th exhibition is an introduction to the JST CREST research "Creation of Human-Harmonized Information Technology for Convivial Society," which studies the possibilities of integrating information equipment such as computers, with content and human communication.

The exhibition space has been converted into a "studio" that "extends" reality in the form of sounds and colors that are manipulated by physical phenomena, through the use of information technology.

For example, by applying the power of information technology to intimate phenomena that we observe on a regular basis, such as the colors of shadows on the floor, or footprints left on a carpet, it is possible to produce phenomena that are completely different from anything we have ever seen before.

Enjoy the new sensations that emerge through the balance of objects, information, and human beings.

Laboratory of New Media 12th Exhibition

"The Studio - Extend Your Real World -"
Period: July 3, 2013 (Wed.) - January 13, 2014 (Mon.)


Takeshi Naemura
Professor, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo (concurrently Professor of Computer Science, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, and of the Communication Engineering Department, Electrical and Electronic Engineering), research representative of the JST CREST research "Harmonized Inter-Personal Display Based on Position and Direction Control"
Professor Naemura is involved in the research of real world-oriented information environment, mixed reality, media + content, video composition based on live action, art and entertainment, and other related fields.


<Graphic Shadow>
Colorful shadows appear when you walk over floors that are illuminated with a white light. Visitors can experience new types of shadows by mixing colored lights, such as the addition of red and green-colored lights to produce yellow light.

In the same way that spaces are designed in a computer, a tape measure that expands and contracts with a motor is used to create pillars, producing freely changing spaces. This is a proposal for a new format of "moving architecture."

<Photochromic Carpet>
Put your shoes on and walk over the carpet--you will find yourself leaving behind incredible footprints. Experience a rich and colorful future through the myriad changes created when special ink reacts under ultraviolet lights.

Here you can see yourself in the camera. Do you notice anything different? Even if you cover your mouth or eyes, turn your head, or even stand upside down, the camera will keep tracking you. This can be used to blur people's faces for privacy protection during live broadcasts.
The secret to this camera is temperature. By using a camera that sees heat instead of light, the computer is able to quickly locate you.

<Appearing Character>
A character trapped within the screen jumps out before your eyes and moves around on a real, physical block.

Draw a picture on a piece of paper set up on an easel. As you draw, you will hear a sound that is louder than what you normally hear. How does your "drawing sensation" change with the amplification of the drawing sounds?

JST CREST research "Creation of Human-Harmonized Information Technology for Convivial Society" (Research Supervisor: Yohichi Tohkura)
This research aims for the establishment of fundamental technologies to achieve harmony between human beings and the information environment by integrating element technologies such as real-space communication, human interfaces, and media processing in an information environment filed with networks, content, and information equipment such as computers.