Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Pineapple Store will open on 1 April 2013

The Pineapple Store will open on 1 April 2013. The store is dedicated to sell hand-crafted Pineapple II computer.

The Pineapple II is a microcomputer for media artists. It can connect virtually any types of sensors to your Mac or PC. It transferes the outputs of sensors (analog voltage) to MIDI (digital musical instrument) signals so that your Mac or PC can receive the values of sensor outputs.

With the Pineapple II you can easily set up your art work on Quartz Composer (Mac) or Max (Mac/PC).

Monday, 28 January 2013

TEDxKyoto 2013

The TEDxKyoto team officially kicked off for upcoming TEDxKyoto 2013. Please keep watching on our web site for any announcement including new schedule, new venue, speaker audition, and more.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Japan-America Frontier of Engineering

On 17 January 2013, I stepped down from the general co-chair person of Japan-America Frontier of Engineering. I had been involved to JAFOE since 2007, and was at that position from 2009. I couldn't have been happier without such an excellent team.

In 2012, as my last JAFOE event, I and Katherine (general co-chair of US side) held a symposium dedicated for Engineering for X in Irvine, California. It was one of my dream to have that conference among Japan and US.

I'm so proud of every organisers, speakers, general participants, back-office staffs supporting JAFOE.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

PS. The award is not just mine, but yours.

The Day of Earthquake

1.17 is the day of earthquake. In 1994 a great earthquake hit California. And exact 1 year later, in 1995, another great earthquake hit Kansai, where I used to live.

Before 3.11, the day of earthquake had pointed to 1.17. Fortunately I have survived the both disasters.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Pineapple Store will open on April 1

Pineapple Store will open on April 1. The store will ship hand-crafted Pineapple II computer (early 2013 model), which will support:
  • direct conversion from analog sensor input to MIDI output
  • up to 4 sensors
  • PWM monitor signal feedback
  • driven by external 5V power or USB bus power
  • software update via USB
  • and more...
All hardware design and software program will be published under Creative Commons license.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Start your blog

Dear friends,

If you want to start a new thing from this year, and you don't have your blog yet, start your blog. You have something you want to share but don't know how to do? Try Blogger. It is really easy, and no ads will be inserted to your blog.

You don't know how to write your blog? Don't be afraid. I recommend you to try Tumblr. You just re-blog other guy's blogs, and you'll get your blog like mine.


Friday, 4 January 2013 is out is now officially renamed to The official web page is

This site has a new address The blog has a new address

Feedburner addresses and Tumblr names are not changed.