The space that I found the most inspiring of the Milan Fuorisalone 2015 is the Tokyo Design Week at the Padiglione Visconti in Via Tortona (South-West).
JoT, for Jabber of Things is a device to listen to the voice of things. I heard the voice of a book, calm and deep; of an iPhone, fast and high-pitched; of a plant, soft and fluid….I asked about how the device works, but it’s a secret. Very intriguing….
Rice Mapping by Drill is a beautiful projection on two grains of rice.
As it is being viewed, the texture of the “rice” begins to change so that it is no longer just rice. This reflects the ancient Japanese belief in shogyo mujo (the impermanence of worldly things), which is embodied in the saying: “all creation is infinitely transitory with forms and values changing in each moment.”.
Viewed through a magnifying lens, the images envelop and transform the grain into an ethereal entity.
JINS MEME is an eyewearable, that is, a frame that embeds sensors in the glasses’ bridge to measure eye mouvements and give feedback on fatigue; and sensors in the temple tips to measure body alignement, and give feedback on the posture. The information is presented on an app paired with the frames, so as to help better manage one’s resources. It is the first wearable I really want to try out.
And the most surprising experience was the Saccade-based display by Hideyuki Ando and Junji Watanabe from Osaka University, NTT Communication Science Laboratories. By moving the head from left to right and back on either side of slim, 40 cm, vertical LED light source, I perceived a well formed flat image floating in the air, the result of the integration of retinal afterimages with the present visual stimulus. I experienced the same effect on a smaller display, not by moving the head form left to right and viceversa, but moving the gaze also from left to right. Additional information on this effect is found here.
Finally, one last great perceptual experience: Jun and Hiroko Fujiki’s monumations, that is monuments + animations, still objects, like a flower and bird, a walking lantern, a tram&poline and a Hikaru scope, that seem to move using 3D Gestalt-like effects. Videos are available here.