Monday, 31 December 2012

Annual Report 2012

The annual report 2012 is out. Please clone https://github.com/kanaya/GitJournal.git .

The New Addresses

We are gradually moving our web addresses from PineappleDesign.org to Pineapple.cc. The official news is now at news.pinapple.cc.

Thanks!

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

JAFOE 2012 Report

A website of JAFOE 2012 is back.


2012 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The 2012 Japan-American Frontiers of Engineering was held October 29-31, 2012, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California.  Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from Japan and the United States met for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering technology. The event was intended to facilitate international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourage the creation of a transpacific network of world-class engineers.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Friday, 21 December 2012

The New Home

PineappleDesign.org now has a new top page. Address www.PineappleDesign.org is redirected to the new top page.

This page will remain as an official news site and have a new address news.PineappleDesign.org. The Feedburner address feeds.feedburner.com/pineappledesign will not change.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Official Japanese Blog

Hi everyone, my official Japanese blog is here. My tumbler blog is also available here. Some people say the tumblr version better reflects what I am than my original blog.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

JAFOE 2012 Finished

JAFOE (Japan-America Frontier of Engineering) 2012 was just done. I'm currently writing a report for that in a little bit unique way. I'm writing it on GitHub.

Here's a snapshot of this morning.

(As you can guess, I'm trying to publish something between journal and blog based on Git. I have no idea where it goes at this moment, but I should try.)


GitJournal 002: JAFOE 2012 Report

Ichi Kanaya
2012-11-04

From 29 October 2012 to 31 Octoreb 2012, Japan-America Frontier of Engineering (JAFOE) Symposium was held at Beckman Center, Irvine, California, USA. The sypmosium was produced by National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA, and Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ), and supported by the Grainger Foundation, the US National Science Foundation (NSF), and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

What is JAFOE?

Let me quote description of JAFOE from web site of National Academy of Engineering.
The 2012 Japan-American Frontiers of Engineering will be held October 29-31, 2012, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California. Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from Japan and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering technology. The event is intended to facilitate international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourage the creation of a transpacific network of world-class engineers.
To add to this, the symposium was closed event that each only 30 engineers could join.

List of Sessions

Symposium co-chairs: Katharine Frase, IBM, and Ichiroh Kanaya, Osaka University

VIDEO CONTENT ANALYSIS

Organizers: Andrew Gallagher, Cornell University, and Yoshikazu Nakajima, University of Tokyo

  • Intelligent Video Surveillance
    • Rogerio Feris, IBM
  • Tracking People and Recognizing Content in Visual Data
    • Alex Berg, Stony Brook University
  • Video Retrieval
    • Yoshinobu Hotta, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
  • Video Content Analysis for Augmented and Mixed Reality
    • Kiyoshi Kiyokawa, Osaka University

ENGINEERING FOR NATURAL DISASTER RESILIENCY

Organizers: Akihiro Kusaka, Kajima Technical Research Institute, and Sissy Nikolaou, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

I. Understanding Natural Hazards and Predicting Associated Risk

  • Practical Application of Seismic Risk Evaluation for Buildings
    • Yuko Murachi, Swiss Re International SE, Tokyo
  • The Importance of Earthquake Modeling and Lab Experiments for Understanding Earthquake Hazard
    • Nadia Lapusta, California Institute of Technology

II. State-of-the-Art Technologies

  • Post-Earthquake Damage Screening of Structures
    • Masahiro Kurata, Kyoto University
  • Technologies for Offshore Structures in Extreme Environments to Resist Multiple Natural Hazards
    • Daniel Fenz, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

ENGINEERING FOR AGRICULTURE: PROVIDING GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY

Organizers: Yoshisada Nagasaka, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, and Luis Rodriguez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Applications of Precision Agriculture in Rural Communities
    • Amy Kaleita, Iowa State University
  • Self-feeding of energy, water and food by ecological technology
    • Chika Tada, Tohoku University
  • Development of Technique for Estimation of Geographical Origin of Food Using Stable Isotope and Trace Element Analyses
    • Yaeko Suzuki, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
  • Engineering CEA Systems for a Sustainable Future: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities
    • Murat Kacira, University of Arizona
  • Food Safety and Quality Assurance of Food Products
    • Yoko Obayashi, Ajinomoto

SPORTS ENGINEERING

Organizers: Patrick Drane, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Yasuo Nakamura, Doshisha University

  • Functional Footwear Design
    • Kenta Moriyasu, ASICS Corporation
  • State-of-the-Art Composite Design and Manufacturing for Sports Equipment
    • Matt Vacek, Jarden Team Sports
  • Dynamics and Biomechanics of Sports
    • Alison Sheets, Nike
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Motion of Professional Baseball Pitchers
    • Kei Aoki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Dig Deeper

Sunday, 28 October 2012

JAFOE 2012

Japan-America Frontier of Engineering 2012 is about to start.

From National Academy of Engineering:
The Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering (JAFOE) program was started in 2000. Since then, JAFOE symposia have been held every year except 2001 and 2010 in locations alternating between Japan and the United States.
For this year we'll have four gorgeous sessions in engineering field. 1. Video content analysis (formally Engineering for Security), 2. Engineering for Natural Disaster Resiliency, 3. Engineering for Agriculture, and 4. Engineering for Sports.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Pineapple II at TEDxOsakaU


Ichi Kanaya is going to talk about OpenSource Hardware today. Here's the talk's abstract.

In 1976, when I was 3 years old, two guys whom I've been respecting for formed Apple Computer. Their names were Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

In the same year a Japanese company released Japan's first personal computer named TK-80. I was a lucky boy who played with it thanks to my grand father. (This means I'm one of the oldest digital native.)

TK-80 was an open hardware, literally. It didn't have any cover, and even it had a free soldering space for its extension. Actually in 1970s every computer was open to computer lovers, as known as hackers.

Apple II, released one year after TK-80, was not an exception. Woz gave us a chance to open the case of Apple II and tinker its inner hardware. Hackers were happy about this. Even non-hackers including, for example, artists who later call themselves media artists loved this feature. But this was not Jobs's vision.

Steve Jobs introduced a new personal computer named Macintosh in 1984. It was what you expect to a personal computer today. It had screen built-in, was super easy to use, and sealed everything in a box.

Jobs didn't stop. In 2007 he introduced an ultimate personal computer named iPhone. This was a perfect computing device, except for one thing... no one could access inside the computer. But who cares?

Hackers! And media artists!

They need to access inside the computer. One day a young guy posted a question to Woz on Slashdot: I'm probably too young to remember the glory days of machines you could actually open and tinker with. So could you tell me today where I can find the closest thing to that?

Woz answered. [Even] back in the days... if you built your own things from nothing but a goal, you were unusual when young. The same thing is the case today... If there is less room to build something impressive enough to motivate you, then the creativity looks for other outlets, like outstanding Facebook pages, blogs, YouTube videos, etc.

I remember Steve Jobs used to say, Apple stands upon a crisscross of technology and liberal arts. I agree with him, but on a single point, I don't. I want to leave a space that everyone can tinker even I want to stand on such a cross of technology and art, which shares the same etymology.

We made a computer-based artwork named Polyphonic Jump. It was driven by a computer, and the computer was driven by a program. As Woz opened his hardware architecture, we opened our software. The software we opened was free. Free for free beer? Yes and no.

I was not satisfied in just making the software free. Especially when I produced a RGBy desk. It's uniqueness was in its hardware, and it was a kind of rocket science. I wanted to share how to make it, but it seemed to be too complex.

Arduino is a small computer developed by Italian group. It has changed the computing world. They opened its hardware design. They don't protect their architecture by closing it or by patenting it. They choose free of distribution and modification under Copyleft instead of protection under Copyright.

I decided to apply Copyleft to any hardware I would design.

I also decided to add one more portion to Arduino computer. Everyone has right to use it, but not everyone has ability to use it, because it is still too complex to use.

I developed Pineapple II. It is super easy to use for media artists, and it is free. Architecture, how to make, how to install, etc. etc. will be open at PineappleDesign.org.

Here's a few examples that shows how Pineapple II works. Takuya Okumura created a new media art which you can interact with image and fog. Our Sweet Home is a media art that I got an inspiration of creating Pineapple II. Takahiro Matsuo's new artwork will use specially customised edition of Pineapple II.

Remember Steve Jobs used to say: good artists copy, great artists steal. Even though my design is fully open, you can still steal something... my idea! You can break it and make a new one on it.

Just make it.

Questions? Ask to @kanaya.


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

TEDxKyoto 2012


TEDxKyoto 2012 was successfully done. Thank you very very much for supporting us.

I know I should write something here, but please be patient and enjoy my Japanese blog which has been posting some back-yard talks.

Thank you again.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Talk: Facial Design for Humanoid Robot [Matsue]

At APCHI 2012, we are going to give a presentation on Facial Design for Humanoid Robot.


ABSTRACT

In this research, the authors succeeded in creating facial expressions made with the minimum necessary elements for recognizing a face. The elements are two eyes and a mouth made using precise circles, which are transformed to make facial expressions geometrically, through rotation and vertically scaling transformation. The facial expression patterns made by the geometric elements and transformations were composed employing three dimensions of visual information that had been suggested by many previous researches, slantedness of the mouth, openness of the face, and slantedness of the eyes. In addition, the relationships between the affective meanings of the visual information also corresponded to the results of the previous researches.

The authors found that facial expressions can be classified into 10 emotions: happy, angry, sad, disgust, fear, surprised, angry*, fear*, neutral (pleasant) indicating positive emotion, and neutral (unpleasant) indicating negative emotion. These emotions were portrayed by different geometric transformations. Furthermore, the authors discovered the "Tetrahedral model," which can express most clearly the geometric relationships between facial expressions. In this model, each side connecting the face is an axis that controlled the rotational and vertically scaling transformations of the eyes and mouth.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Symposium: JAFOE 2012 [California]


2012 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium


The 2012 Japan-American Frontiers of Engineering will be held October 29-31, 2012, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California.  Sixty of the most promising engineers under the age of 45 from Japan and the United States will meet for an intensive 2-1/2 day symposium on developments at the cutting edge of engineering technology. The event is intended to facilitate international and cross-disciplinary research collaboration, promote the transfer of new techniques and approaches across disparate engineering fields, and encourage the creation of a transpacific network of world-class engineers.

The National Academy of Engineering would like to express its gratitude to the following sponsors for their support of the 2012 JAFOE Symposium: The U.S. National Science Foundation and The Grainger Foundation.

LIST OF SESSIONS
(Order of sessions and speakers TBD. Working titles listed.)

Symposium co-chairs: Katharine Frase, IBM, and Ichiroh Kanaya, Osaka University

VIDEO CONTENT ANALYSIS
Organizers: Andrew Gallagher, Eastman Kodak, and Yoshikazu Nakajima, University of Tokyo

Intelligent Video Surveillance
Rogerio Feris, IBM

Tracking People and Recognizing Content in Visual Data
Alex Berg, Stony Brook University

Video Retrieval
Yoshinobu Hotta, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.

Video Content Analysis for Augmented and Mixed Reality
Kiyoshi Kiyokawa, Osaka University

SPORTS ENGINEERING
Organizers: Patrick Drane, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Yasuo Nakamura, Doshisha University

State-of-the-Art Composite Design and Manufacturing for Sports Equipment
Matt Vacek, Jarden Team Sports

Functional Footwear Design
Kenta Moriyasu, ASICS Corporation

Biomechanical Analysis of Motion of Professional Baseball Pitchers
Kei Aoki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Dynamics and Biomechanics in Sports
Alison Sheets, Nike

ENGINEERING FOR NATURAL DISASTER RESILIENCY
Organizers: Akihiro Kusaka, Kajima Technical Research Institute, and Sissy Nikolaou, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

I. Understanding Natural Hazards

Application of Seismic Risk Evaluation of Buildings
Yuko Murachi, Swiss Re International SE, Tokyo

The Importance of Earthquake Modeling and Lab Experiments for Understanding Seismic Hazard
Nadia Lapusta, California Institute of Technology

II. State-of-the-Art Technologies

Post-Earthquake Damage Screening System
Masahiro Kurata, Kyoto University

Technologies for Offshore Structures in Extreme Environments to Resist Multiple Natural Hazards
Daniel Fenz, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

ENGINEERING FOR AGRICULTURE: PROVIDING GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY
Organizers: Yoshisada Nagasaka, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, and Luis Rodriguez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Development and Practice of Environmentally Advanced Basin Model in Asia
Keigo Noda, University of Tokyo

Applications of Precision Agriculture in Rural Communities
Amy Kaleita, Iowa State University

Engineering CEA Systems for Sustainable Future: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities
Murat Kacira, University of Arizona

Food Safety and Quality Assurance of Food Products
Yoko Obayashi, Ajinomoto

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Japan-America Frontier of Engineering

Another exciting conference is approaching. We are driving Japan-America Frontier of Engineering Symposium which gathers top 30 engineers each from Japan and US in California.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Monday, 2 July 2012

Another scenes of TEDxTokyo 2012, which you might not know

Cleaning area, worth spreading.

A couple of members of TEDxKyoto supported this year's TEDxTokyo event. Also, Jay, the founder of TEDxKyoto, shadowed Patric, the founder of TEDxTokyo, to follow how TEDx events are managed and hosted.

After the event, several volunteer members (including me) wiped out whole floor of the event space, which was horribly large.

I will continue posting several behind-the-scene photos to my blog.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Event: Design Initiative by id KAIST [Osaka]

6月22日金曜日17:00-19:00

KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) から
Kim Myung-Suk教授とBae Sangmin教授をお招きして講演会を開催致します。

韓国に於ける最新のデザイン教育について「環境デザインとしてのロボット」「製品デザインとしての国際貢献」の二つのテーマに分けてご講演頂きます。

入場無料でどなたでもご聴講頂けますので、皆様ぜひともご来場ください。

■講演会ホームページ
http://www.design.frc.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/KAIST/


■Kim Myung-Suk教授
Techno社デザイン部部長として活躍後、大阪大学にて博士号(工学)を取得。同年からKAISTにて現職。大韓民国デザイン大賞、ミレニアムデザイン賞学術賞等多数受賞。

Kim教授ホームページ
http://pes.kaist.ac.kr/


■Bae Sangmin教授
Smart Design社、Deskey Associate社にてデザイナーとして活躍後、Parsons School of DesignにてMFA取得。同大学教授を経て現職。IF-Product Award、Red Dot Award等多数受賞。

Bae教授ホームページ
http://idim.kaist.ac.kr/

Talk: Mysterious Ladies in Ancient Egypt [Tokyo]

Thank you very much for coming to our talk "Mysterious Ladies in Ancient Egypt Part 1" followed by Dr. Zaki's Part II. Yuki Kawae and I are providing the latest news on our work at bit.ly/EgyptJapan.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Talk: Mysterious Ladies in Ancient Egypt [Tokyo]

Yuki Kawae, Ichi Kanaya, and Hiroyuki Kamei are going to give a lecture with Dr. Gihane Zaki on Mysterious Ladies in Ancient Egypt.

国際交流基金ウェブサイトより

JFICイベント 駐日エジプト・アラブ共和国大使館 & 国際交流基金 共同特別講演会
「古代エジプトのミステリアスな女性たち」

駐日エジプト・アラブ共和国大使館と国際交流基金は、エジプトの文化を紹介する講演会を6月15日(金)に開催いたします。
新進気鋭のエジプト学者であるヘルワン大学のジハーン・ザキ教授が来日する機会に、エジプトの文化と日本とエジプト間の文化交流に関する講演を開催いたしますので、多数、ご来場ください。
ジハーン・ザキ教授には、日本でもよく知られている古代エジプトの3人の女性、女王ハトシェプスト、王妃ネフェルティティ、女王クレオパトラについて講演いただきます。
また、この機会に、現在、エジプトで進行している王女ケントカウエスの墓の発掘プロジェクトに携わっている日本人研究者の方々にもお話していただきます。

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Talk: TEDxOsakaU Startup Event [Osaka]

At TEDxOsakaU startup event Ichi Kanaya presented their art experiments. 

Talk: Virtual Archaeology 2012 [St. Petersburg]

Ichi Kanaya, Yuki Kawae, Kosuke Sato, and Hiroyuki Kamei presented Digitizing Egyptian Heritage at the first international conference on Virtual Archaeology, held at State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

TEDxKyoto 2012 Speaker Audition

TEDxKyoto 2012 Speaker Audition

TEDxKyoto is a great platform to spread your ideas to the world.

The application process begins in June, and auditions will be held in July. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in the auditions. The best speakers at the auditions may be invited to give a talk at TEDxKyoto on September 16, 2012.

Read more at TEDxKyoto.com

Friday, 1 June 2012

Exhibition: LIGHT EMOTION by Takahiro Matsuo [Hakata]

LIGHT EMOTION by Takahiro Matsuo

From 2 to 26 June 2012, Artium

Takahiro Matsuo (Monoscape) is having his exhibition at Tenjin IMS, Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

The exhibition LIGHT EMOTION is technically supported by PineappleDesign.org.

松尾高弘展 LIGHT EMOTION

2012年6月2日(土曜日)から6月26日(火曜日)まで,三菱地所アルティアムにて

松尾高弘 (Monoscape) の個展 LIGHT EMOTION が開催されます.PineappleDesign.org はこの展示に技術協力しています.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Virtual Archaeology 2012

Ichiroh Kanaya, Yukinori Kawae, Kosuke Sato, and Hiroyuki Kamei are going to present Digitizing Egyptian Heritage at Virtual Archaeology 2012 conference held in The State Hermitage Museum.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Configuration of Pineapple II (Type 1)

We will open the hardware architecture of Pineapple II computer. This is the first draft of the layout of the computer.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Core Video and AV Foundation

I and Goshiro Yamamoto are writing guidance on real-time video processing technology of OS X. We are now introducing basics of AV Foundation, which has been back-ported from iOS, and now is replacing QTKit.

Please visit CoreVideo.net. (All articles are written in Japanese.)

Monday, 16 April 2012

Japan-America Frontier of Engineering (JAFOE)


National Academy of Engineering (NAE), US, and Engineering Academy of Japan (EAJ) are now intensively preparing the 11th Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering.

The Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering (JAFOE) program was started in 2000. Since then, JAFOE symposia have been held every year except 2001 and 2010 in locations alternating between Japan and the United States.

JAFOE aims to bring together outstanding, early-career Japanese and American Engineers from industry, universities, and other research institutions to introduce their areas of engineering research and technical work, thereby facilitating an interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and methodology that could eventually lead to collaborative networks of engineers from the two countries. The total number of participants, including organizers, speakers, and other participants, numbers approximately 60, with 30 engineers from each country. Participation is by invitation only.

>>JAFOE on web.PineappleDesign.org

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Pineapple II

PinappleDesign.org is going to ship its first commercial product named Pineapple II microcomputer. The Pineapple II is an Arduino-based microcomputer that converts up to 6 analog inputs to standard MIDI output. It comes with a range sensor, power adapter, and USB connector for future expansion and software update.

Monday, 19 March 2012

TEDxKyotoChange

The TEDxKyoto team is proud to announce that we will have TEDxKyotoChange conference on 7 April 2012. Please fill out this form to apply your participation.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

TEDxChange [Kyoto]

On 5 April, TEDxChange will be held in Berlin under support of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And just two days after, we will have TEDxKyotoChange, a Kyoto version of TEDxChange. Ichi Kanaya is supporting TEDxKyotoChange and TEDxKyoto.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Article: Revolutionary Archaeology [Topcon]


Scanning for clues - Recording the mysteries of a 4600-year-old pyramid

Surrounded by the Sahara, the step pyramid built by the king Djoser is the oldest pyramid in Egypt, built some 4,600 years ago. Two machines on tripods were facing the pyramid, while a man cautiously rappelled down its steep slopes with an arm-spread equipment, like the wings of Icarus, on his back. More than 20 people stood watching, with computers and transceivers at hand. This is not the typical excavation where artifacts are discovered, uncovered gently with camel hairbrushes. A 21st Century approach to archaeological research using cutting-edge technology - that, is what this project is all about. Using the latest laser scanning technology, the goal of this project is to capture detailed 3D measurements of the pyramid. The stars of this project were Topcon’s laser scanner GLS-1000 and Develo Solutions’ own laser scanner “Djoser.”

Monday, 27 February 2012

Monday, 13 February 2012

Article: fuwapica (Ichi Kanaya and Studio Mongoose)


July 24, 2007 — Ancient Japanese people believed that gods lived in all things, whether animate or inanimate. Talking to a wall was not an idle act, but actually a kind of soul-searching. And usually, the wall talked back.

Now a table and a set of chairs embodies that philosophy. Called Fuwapica, which loosely translated means "soft and flashy," the furniture senses people's presence and gradually changes colors accordingly. The interactive set, which could be in shops, airports, museums, or bars within a year or two, uses technology to extend people's emotional state into a room that may be devoid of ancient ideas.

"We want modern people like us to remember that there was an interaction between people and furniture," said Ichi Kanaya, assistant professor at Osaka University.

Read more at Discovery Channel

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Monday, 30 January 2012

ResearchMap.jp

Ichi Kanaya is moving his activity list to a new blog service ResearchMap.jp running by JST.

ResearchMap.jp is based on ReaD database, which is the biggest database for Japanese researchers. It can automatically import your activities from the original database, though you may need manual adjustment of them.

Similar web services worldwide include ResearchGate.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Lecture on Design and Science [17 Feb. 2012, Osaka]

THIS LECTURE IS GIVEN IN JAPANESE.

Ichi Kanaya's lecture on Design and Science will be held at Mebic Ogimachi, Osaka, Japan on 17 February 2012.

Title: Lecture on Design and Science
Date: 18:00---20:00, 17 February 2012.
Place: Mebic Ogimachi, Osaka, Japan
Admission: 2,000JPY (students won't be charged)

金谷一朗「科学が切り開くデザインの感性」講義のお知らせ.

タイトル:科学が切り開くデザインの感性
日時:2012年2月17日 18:00-20:00
場所:メビック扇町
主催:Japan Design Producer's Union
参加費:2,000円(学生無料)

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Friday, 20 January 2012

Video: Air Lights (Takahiro Matsuo)

A video of art work named Air Lights created by Takahiro Matsuo, Monoscape is out. This work was supported by Goshiro Yamamoto and Ichi Kanaya, PineappleDesign.org.

Monday, 16 January 2012

CoreVideo.net

I and Goshiro Yamamoto just began a new blog named CoreVideo.net. We occasionally post short sample codes for real-time video processing on Mac OS X with Core Video and Core Image technology. The code will appear at SourceForge.jp. All explanations and discussions will be done in Japanese.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Video: Polyphonic Jump! [Kobe]


Polyphonic Jump is an apparatus for human beings to be immersed in a fantasy world where many creatures chorus in polyphony. Audiences stand in front of a huge canvas on which picture of forest is painted with oil, and jump for interacting with oil-painted animals on the canvas as if the audiences were also on the canvas. The audiences will feel they are actually in a picture book.

For seamless integration of physical painting which gives true reality and computer-generated animation which moves dynamically and interacts with audiences, the authors put real-time 3D modeling and projection technology in this artwork.

This art work won the prize of Kobe Biennale 2011.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Dear Mr. Roger Enrico

Dear Mr. Roger A. Enrico, Chairman of the Board, Dreamworks Animation SGK, Inc.,

Hello, today was my 39th birthday, and a postwoman delivered a small parcel to me. The parcel was from California, USA.

The story goes back to my high school days, over 20 years ago. I was looking for John Scully's Odyssey in a book store and happened to find Japanese translation of your book: The Other Guy Blinked.

Since then, you have been my personal hero. And after I learned enough language skill to read books in English, I had been seeking the original copy of your book because unfortunately your book was out of print then.

In the last year I finally found a second-hand copy of the book on the internet. This is the reason why the postwoman brought me a small and dirty (it travelled over sea) parcel today.

Roger, let me say thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing this book. You have always been brilliant.

Ichi
Osaka, Japan

PS. You wrote, A few months after I took over at Pepsi --- on November 11, 1983, my thirty-ninth birthday --- I signed the most expensive celebrity advertising contract in history: $5 million for the privilege of making two commercials and sponsoring a tour featuring a talented but shy young man who sang in a high-pitched voice and danced backwards. As today was my 39th birthday, I was so encouraged when I read your story and this part again.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year

If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
Michael Jackson
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Goethe
Stay hungry, stay foolish.
Steve Jobs