The first Fab Meetup!
Everybody could freely drop in to the networking/presentation event held on the 7th of November.
Usually many people gather at FabCafe, a Meetup where they share ideas and projects.
Fortunately lots of persons joined, and everyone helped FabCafe to become a global networking party event with Fabs and noisy drinks.
It was a very good atmosphere!
Nami, Toshi and AKIBA presenters makes toasts!
This time came 6 global presenters.
It was allowed 5 minutes/person to share ideas and projects.
It’s OK in English or in Japanese, with or without a slide.
The first presenter was AKIBA or Mr. Chris Wang.
He makes frequent trips to Akihabara to check out the latest components.
He is fascinated by all things electronic, but mostly about the potential for
wireless and wireless sensor networks to make huge changes
in how everyday things are done. He is also very interested in open source software,
open source hardware, and the recent phenomenon of micro-manufacturing.
WEB site : http://www.freaklabs.org/index.php/about.html
He showed his latest project!
The second presenter was the artist Noriko Yamaguchi.
He showed the communication skills transformation in the human network society by KEITAI GIRL, PEPPERMINT GIRL and other series, photos, videos and other performances of his unique skin sensation works.
His representative work KEITAI GIRL is a person who communicates only using a cellphone. This character is created with headgear, and her whole body is covered in phone’s keypad.
WEB site : http://www.mem-inc.jp/keitaigirl/j_main.htm
He talked about works made using a 3D scanner performance.
After 2 persons made their presentations came Drinking Time!
He is an editorial design consultant who happens to love drawing and sometimes
does commissioned illustration work. And also Design Director of PechaKucha
organization from Tokyo.
Web Site : http://www.luismendo.com/
He showed his beautiful works.
Combination digital fabrication and the hand work, he had design accessories not too simple and rustic nor too pompous.
Web Site : http://kadzuno.wordpress.com/
Every participant was interested in his work.
And here goes again Drinking Time and the networking time…
He graduated in 2006 the Swiss ERACOM/Lausann. He makes design for street art, typography, product designs and photos using illustrations using a multitude of techniques. He features experimental graphics and detailed Swiss design style.
Graduated in 2006 of the school ERACOM / Lausanne (Switzerland), Julien is a pluridisciplinary graphic designer, with skills and experience in street art, typography, product design, photography and illustration.
Graphic experimentation and rigorous Swiss designing style permeate his work.
Web Site : http://www.julienwulff.ch/
The last presenter is Nakata with loftwork.
He is a member of loft-work PR. He is in charge of planning and editing outwears design/social media contents, collaboration projects, staff branding, etc. In other words he is responsible for the whole loft-work mediation and communication. He also talked about the ongoing project of rediscovering the Ishigaki Island wonders: “USIO Design Project”.
Fab Meetup Vol.1: the first meeting was a successful global event.
From now on it will continue to be a periodic event.
Next is planned on the 20th of December with a Christmas party!
We’ll come later with further details.
People who came this time and people who didn’t come are invited to the second and the third meeting! Don’t miss them!
Hello, Fabgirl Sugii here.
With autumn coming to an end, the days are becoming colder and we can feel winter approaching.
We’ve been seeing a lot of Mr. Marshmallow Latte lately as he is in high demand by our customers (This is contrary to summertime when we barely saw him.)
The first edition of tableware “OSORO” introduced the FabCafe.
FabCafe was featured in MdN Corporation’s mook (magazine-book), The Power of 3D Printing! The Front Lines of Figure Fabrication in 2013 (Published August 26, 2013)
“AIR SHODOU meets FAB”, an event of collaboration between “AIR SHODOU” and a laser cutter, was held at FabCafe on the 24th of September.
AIR SHODOU is a new sensational “art physical computing” which you can write calligraphy in the air with the Kinect Sensor. You can write calligraphy by using your palm not using a brush or ink. As a first global event of FabCafe, all programs in the event were held in English. A total of 30 people from various countries participated in the event. They expressed thier works of calligraphy by trying AIR SHODOU.
This was the fifth lecture in a series of eight seminar lectures of the Shibuya Art Factory Plan, by the Tokyo Art Research Lab (TARL), that is in its second year, which is called the Tokyo Art Research Lab “Fab Starters Guide” series and is designed for creators.
The lecture theme was “lights and interaction and I”.
The objective of this lecture was to create an interactive original light while learning about electronic works using Arduino.
The lecturers were Mr. Kuze and Mr. Sakamoto of MATHRAX.
The two of them create artworks together using electronic circuitry, as well as running a business which assists with various “expressions” as engineers creating artistic and designer objects.
Firstly, artworks created by MATHRAX which use LEDs and sensors were introduced.
These included smooth wooden toys which make a noise when touched, magic sticks which light up like a lightsaber, harps which light up and are made in cooperation with a planetarium that is connected to an adult science magazine, and so on. Sensors were discussed and the fascinating nature of electronic works was explained.
There were five sorts of sensors which were especially prepared for this seminar!
1. Variable resistance (small-size volume)
2. Vibration sensor
3. Pressure sensor
4. Illumination sensor
5. Photo reflector
People chose sensors out of these five options and separated into teams.
Sensors were used in the input side of the interaction, and LEDs were used in the output side. This connection between in and out are created via programming little computers called Arduino.
For many of the participants, this was their first time doing anything of a programming-type nature, so the atmosphere of the lecture became something like a science seminar.
The Arduino software screen is a “microcomputer board that can easily be used even by beginners”. Using the sample codes that were prepared by the lecturers, participants enjoyed various experiences such as adjusting the colors and frequencies of lights.
Sensors are often used for industrial purposes, but when making things ourselves, there is no need to use them for their conventional purpose.
Via these unexpected uses, we can seek out the limits to their reactions, and we recommend trying out the sensors in out-of-the-box ways.
For example, how the light of the light sensor lights up, and how the pressure-sensitive sensor feels strength or weakness of pressure, and how the sensor structure inspires the imagination may lead to a trigger for new ideas.
・Announced an idea about changing the state of the light via LEDs and vibration to the light source. For example, cutting plastic parts with a laser cutter to adjust the light source seems interesting.
・We came to understand that it is possible to have control via tiny changes to the extent of the touch. We considered how one would interact by a little touch, such as the feeling of distance with a person, and so on.
・Things that are attached to the body; for example, something that does normally light up, but will change color when the arms are spread out, etc. It would be interesting to have something that lights up because of the specific movements of individuals, such as at a live event.
・It isn’t yet set out in concrete terms, but something that reacts from the moment that it is touched; for example, we’re thinking of something that lights up from the moment one sits down, or something that will change brightness depending on posture.
・An image of something like a percussion instrument; for example, when you play it and thus make input, the processing starts to work. A tambourine or something like that would probably react well, so we want to devise a mechanism for how it would light up.
・A toilet sensor would be good.
・Because these generally lose out to the lights of oncoming vehicles, a tail-light of the sort that would react to an oncoming vehicle light would be interesting.
・It was realised that it reacts easily to hard things and has trouble reacting to fabrics.
・For example, something which is built inside the container, and for which the value changes depending on the amount of drink that is left, and thus the light changes as you are drinking.
・We realized that depending on the materials used, even if black is used for both, it may or may not react. The reactions have individual differences, and black fabric will not react, while black plastic will. As such, we want to think about the ease with which materials react.
・Changing the volume not with your own hand, but with something like a kitchen timer.
・We want to make something that operates with a turning motion. For example, something that is in the shape of a faucet, and emits sound and light when turned.
At a later date, there was a voluntary seminar to recap about how to use Arduino.
It was at FabCafe at night, and had a more relaxed and intimate feel than the usual seminars.
After the voluntary seminar, an informal social gathering was also held.
We look forward to seeing what sort of ideas will turn into what sort of output, at the December review meeting.
In the “Marunouchi THE PRESS” November 2013 edition published on “FabCafe”, the digital cafe, you find latest news about business, event shop, businesspersons who play an active part in the Tokyo Round, their new works and lifestyle.
We introduce the issues called “Maker Movement arrival, manufacturing evolution and communication”. Take a look!
We also published the “3D Snap & Touch” experience report on our website “Akiba PC Hotline!”
The whole scan finished in only in 6 seconds. Have a look at the video!!
Ricoh economic system laboratory PR brochure “RICOH Quarterly HeadLine” first issue (the first on October 2013) also published a FabCafe 3D printer experience report. It’s a detailed report full of humor about designing using iPad, converting to 3D data and the 3D printer output. It can be downloaded from the Ricoh economic system laboratory’s website in PDF format. You gotta take a look!
In the “Robocon Magazine”, November 2013 edition (released on the 15th of October), had the article “Let’s make original robot parts with the 3D printer. This article introduced a Fab space which uses a 3D printer. You gotta take a look!