Create an installation piece that showcase the fiber technology for TOKYO FIBER 07 “SENSEWARE” exhibition.
Visit Ephyra for detailed description.
Ephyra, designed by Shunji Yamanaka is a simulation of mankind's future creations. I took charge as project leader, managing schedule, expense and logistics. As well as production, prototyping, and exhibition set up with my team.
- Design & Direction
- Shunji Yamanaka
- Research Cooperation
- Wakita Lab. at Keio Univ. SFC
- Mariko Higaki, Michihiko Ueno, Yosuke Ushigome
- Frame Design
- Masaki Shimomura
- Sohei Kitada
Our first attempt to see the stretch and silhouette of the fabric. We made a structure with wooden rods. Trying to find the best balance of the tense of fabric.
The number of tentacles was decided as 12 from the tensegrity structure. Various models were made to decide the design of frame to support the air cylinders.
First tested with working prototype made with universal board. Then went to the final PCB prototype.
Sensor cap to grab the capacitive sensor was manufactured by hand with milling machine. The frames were made by sheet-metal manufacturer.
In order to finalize this robotic interface, we spent a day at the site to set up. Biggest challenge was to fix the fabric to the right tension and height, since we were not able to test this beforehand.
- TOKYO FIBER 07 SENSEWARE
- Aoyama Spiral, Tokyo Japan,
- 26–29 April, 2007.
- TOKYO FIBER 07 SENSEWARE Paris
- PALAIS DE TOKYO, Paris France,
- 26–28 June, 2007
- Wakita Lab Exhibition
- Hillside Terrace, Tokyo Japan
- 8–9 September, 2007.