RESEARCH »Rehabilitation support robot "R-cloud" makes muscle movement visible
December 4, 2013
Associate Professor Toshiaki Tsuji's Laboratory at Saitama University has developed R-cloud, a rehabilitation support robot that enables users to view how their own muscles move during rehabilitation and training. "This rehabilitation support robot is used for strengthening the arms. Its moving parts use pneumatic muscles, and it provides support with gentle movements so it is very safe. Another distinguishing feature is haptic signal processing, a technique that estimates muscular force during training and makes this information visible. It also has...
RESEARCH »Incendiary reflection mirror arouses emotions by subtly varying facial expressions
December 3, 2013
At The University of Tokyo, the Hirose-Tanikawa Lab is doing R&D on a system that virtually creates and affects people's emotional states. "Here, we're exhibiting a system like a mirror. But in this mirror, the expression reflected is different from your actual expression. For example, if you look in the mirror with your usual expression, it can reflect you with a laughing expression, or a sad expression. In line with that expression, your emotional state may change - seeing...
RESEARCH »2x3D lets viewers watch 2D or 3D movies on the same screen simultaneously
November 22, 2013
2x3D, developed by the Shirai Lab at Kanagawa Institute of Technology, is a system that lets the same screen be viewed simultaneously by people who want to watch it in 2D and 3D. Whereas conventional passive 3D systems use polarizing filters for both the left and right eyes, this system uses a special picture-generating algorithm. Pictures for the left eye can be seen with the naked eye and only pictures for the right eye need to be viewed through...
RESEARCH »Directable Physics Engine recreates 2D anime stylizations in 3D
November 19, 2013
The Igarashi Lab. at The University of Tokyo is developing a new type of physics engine which can faithfully recreate in 3D the stylizations common to 2D anime. "Physics engines are used in 3D animation, to generate the motions of hair and clothes. They can do physically correct computing, but the problem is, that's all they can do. The engine we've created makes it possible for artists to adjust such physics computations, in other words, to deform things." "For...
INDUSTRIAL »Ultra-small Rotary Encoder among World's Smallest
November 18, 2013
Microtech Laboratory exhibited the ultra-small rotary encoder MES-6-125PST16C, a device that detects at high accuracy the rotational angle and speed of mechanical devices and motors, at International Robot Exhibition 2013. "Typical rotary encoders are large industrial models mostly about palm-size, but this product is very small, able to fit on a fingertip." This ultra-small rotary encoder is 7.5mm in diameter and 10.5mm in height. It is an incremental rotary encoder with a resolution of 2,000 P/R (pulses per revolution) capable...
CONSUMER »teamLabBody 3D human anatomy app
November 14, 2013
This is the teamLabBody, co-developed by teamLab and Professor Sugamoto, in Osaka University's department of orthopedics. It is a 3D human anatomy app, based on the joints and natural range of movements of the human body. "Data on the joints and movements of living people were scanned and collected, over more than a decade, to create this 3D model. It enables the parts of the human body to be viewed from all possible angles. The parts can also be...
RESEARCH »Hairlytop Interface moves organically in response to light
November 13, 2013
The Hairlytop Interface is an interactive surface display made of soft solid-state actuators and optical sensors which react to light. Jointly developed by the University of Electro-Communications and Symphodia Phil, when placed on an iPad that is playing a video, it moves organically, like a living thing, in response to changes in the brightness of the screen. "One feature of this system is that the motion is very cute, like that of an animal. Another feature is that it...
RESEARCH »LightCloth - An interactive cloth woven from optic fibers
November 11, 2013
This is an interactive optic fiber cloth. It is made of side-emitting diffusive optic fibers so computer controlled light patterns can be displayed on it, and by attaching light receivers as well as light emitters, optical signals can be input using infrared light. "Originally, we came across the light-emitting fabric, where light is emitted from the optical fiber surface. Conversely, we thought it could be used to input data by receiving light through the surface. So, we've created this...
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