Robotic Shadow

Body motion-based interactive installation, 2014

Takram was involved in the concept planning, art direction, and technical direction for “Robotic Shadow,” a new content for the robotic screen launched in late May 2014, at the Chiba Institute of Technology inside Tokyo Skytree Town. This work provides the audience with an intriguing and fun experience through a sensor technology that “feels” human gestures and movements.

CONCEPT : Experiencing sensor technology

In order to design robots that will coexist with human beings and enrich human lives, a sensor technology for “feeling” human will and gestures becomes necessary. This work is an exhibition designed for the audience to experience a sensor technology that “feels” human gestures and movements. Using 3D sensor technology, a surreal and strange world is displayed on the large screen, in which a group of cubes stick onto one’s body like magnets, and circular balls fly and crash into each other. By having the ability to “feel” human gestures, one is able to experience a fun and strange imaginary world.

APPROACH: Applying the latest technology to experience-based entertainment attraction

Ever since the opening of the Chiba Institute of Technology at Skytree Town Campus, Takram has been involved in the experience-based content production centered around the topics of robotic engineering and planetary exploration research that are being introduced by the school. Takram is in charge of the art direction and technical direction of an experienced-based entertainment attraction that applies some of the latest technologies developed as part of the school’s research efforts. These include the “Magic Card ON THE FLY PAPER” developed using latest sensing and computer technology, and “gigantic robotic screen,” which displays robots made by Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo) by linking a robotic arm to a large-scale projector. Takram was in charge of concept planning, art direction, and technical direction for this project as well.

INFORMATION: Chiba Institute of Technology Skytree Town Campus

Chiba Institute of Technology at Skytree Town Campus, which opened on the eighth floor of Tokyo Skytree Solamachi, is an attraction zone for experiencing future technologies that apply the latest technological achievements from the school’s research activities. Based on Chiba Institute of Technology’s school philosophy “to contribute to the world culture through technology,” the facility instigates activities aimed to pioneer new wisdom for mankind through scientific technology; contribute to the world culture; and shape the future. The space provides the audience, from children to adults, with an educational experience using various entertainment attractions, applying results attained through research in robot engineering and planetary exploration.

Chiba Institute of Technology Skytree Town Campus
8F Solamachi, Tokyo Skytree Town(R), 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0045, JAPAN
OPEN 10:30~18:00 (Free Admission)
Tel: 03-6658-5888
URL:http://www.it-chiba.ac.jp/skytree/

CREDIT

Art Direction & Technical Direction: Takram
Art Direction & Programming: METAPHOR Inc.
Sound Design: Keiji Matsui
Exhibition: Chiba Institute of Technology

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