Laboratory for New Media 14th Exhibition
‘Touch the World, Feel the Future’

Laboratory for New Media Permanent Exhibition periodically updates contents of exhibitions to introduce the various possibilities of expression provided by information science and technology.

During our daily lives, we gather a variety of information by moving our body with interactions such as seeing, hearing, speaking, touching, smelling and tasting. However, existing televisions and computers are limited to only sight and sound, so it is not possible to experience haptic sensations such as the texture or weight of an object, or the warmth of another person.
The 14th exhibition will introduce research from the JST CREST Haptic Media Project, with the goal of creating futuristic Haptic Media that can be touched and experience in its entirety instead of just seen and heard. Come experience the future of Haptic Media that people can interact as if it was part of your daily life.

Connect through the “Sense of Touch”| Telexistence Robot TELESAR V

“TELESAR V” enables the user who sits on the cockpit to bind with a dexterous robot which becomes your alter ego, have a real-time sensation of being somewhere else, and feel the robot’s body through visual, auditory and haptic sensation. With the rich visual, auditory and haptic sensation, the user can operate the robot which is far apart as if he was on that remote location.
Therefore, TELESAR V can teleport users anywhere in the world without any time and space constrains. This enables you, the user, to fulfil your wish to meet people around the world, visit places that you couldn't imagine possible to go and enjoy the beauty of the various landscapes of the earth that you have never experienced before.
Inventors: Charith Lasantha Fernando, MHD Yamen Saraiji, Yusuke Mizushina, Masahiro Furukawa, Kouta Minamizawa, Susumu Tachi

See the “Sense of Touch”|HaptoMIRAGE

Check to see if the 3D image that appears in the space before your eyes continues to look like a three-dimensional object without looking strange, even when you change your standing position or the position of your view. Next, pass your hand over the image. Can you see any changes? HaptoMIRAGE is a 3D display that allows the user to touch something that they see exactly as they see it. It brings out the natural behavior of human beings who reach out and touch an object that they see with their eyes.
Inventors: Yuta Ueda, Hirokazu Tanaka, Hideaki Nii, Kouta Minamizawa, Susumu Tachi

Convey the “Sense of Touch”|Haptic Broadcast

If the television, which transmits events that happen far away to us, was able to convey a “Sense of Touch,” we would then be able to experience the event on the other end of the screen for ourselves, with our own physical bodies. Feel like the athlete in the screen. Swing the racquet, and experience the satisfaction of a smash hit.
Inventors: Yusuke Mizushina, Kouta Minamizawa, Susumu Tachi

Search for the “Sense of Touch”|Haptic Search

In the near future, a time will come when the Internet is filled with countless “Senses of Touch.” When this time arrives, how do we search for the “Sense of Touch” that we wish to experience from amongst the vast amount of information available? Trace an object that is close by using a pen, and use that “Sense of Touch” as a clue to search for a similar “Sense of Touch.”
Inventors: Nobuhisa Hanamitsu, Kouta Minamizawa, Susumu Tachi

Express through the “Sense of Touch”|TECHTILE

If you were to create your own unique “Sense of Touch,” what kind of “Sense of Touch” would it be, and whom would you like to have experience it? Using the TECHTILE toolkit, everyone, from children to adults, will be able to design their own “Senses of Touch” easily, and convey the sense to others. Try your hand at creating a new expression that is generated through a “Sense of Touch.”
Inventors: Kouta Minamizawa, Masashi Nakatani, Yasuaki Kakehi, Soichiro Mihara, Susumu Tachi

Create the “Sense of Touch”|GravityGrabber

Wear a small device on your finger, and attempt to grab the world shown in the screen. The “Sense of Touch” that we typically experience, such as the hardness and weight of an object, is a sense that is generated through a combination of physical motions and touch. By utilizing this cross-modality, this simple device is able to recreate a real “Sense of Touch.”
Inventors: Kouta Minamizawa, Susumu Tachi

Term October 22 (Wed.), 2014 - May 11 (Mon.), 2015
Exhibitors JST CREST Project ‘Construction and Utilization of Human-harmonized “Tangible” Information Environment (Haptic Media Project)’
  • Research Director: Susumu Tachi, Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
    Professor and Director, International Virtual Reality Center, KMD, Keio University
    Tachi Lab, Keio Media Design