Masato Takahashi

The Noses – “Communication Organs”

“Communication Organs” are new interfaces that imitate human organs. This piece produces organic actuations and functions equivalent to human organs in the way of information and communication technology. Our paltry skin actuations can communicate inarticulate information. For example, we can show our emotions including delight, anger, sorrow and pleasure only by moving our eyebrows. These things show the true mindset. “Communication Organs” are the instruments of communication in such actuations and functions as I/O channels. “Communication Organs” are mounted artificial muscle and prosthetic skin for soft actuation and texture. We adjudge that the tactile comfort occurs by transformation through the contact between soft and wet materials. On designing interfaces that pay attention to the sense of touch, it is necessary to use suitable material and technology. Therefore, in this piece, we put shape-memory-alloy actuator controlled by electricity as motor power, and soft urethane resin imitating human skin as modeling material. In this way, we expect synergistic expressions of tactile sensibility and organic behavior.

Masato Takahashi, master course, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University SFC, Japan. He has researched and developed kinetic/haptic interfaces with artificial muscle, prosthetic skin as instruments of communication. Sho Hashimoto, master Course, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University SFC, Japan. He is making design methods of tangible interfaces, web applications, and integrates these systems to make daily life more fun.