Art and Technology in Interface Devices
Art and Technology in Interface
University of Tsukuba
This talk presents work carried out for a
project to develop interface devices for haptics that includes
finger/hand manipulation and locomotion. It is well known that
sense of touch is inevitable for understanding the real world.
The last decade has seen significant advance in development of
haptic interface. However, methods for implementation of haptic
devices are still in try-and-error. Compared to visual and auditory
displays, haptic display has not been used in everyday life. In
order to overcome this limitation, we have been exhibiting the
interface devices as art work. This paper introduces issues and
solutions in haptic device through 18-years history of our research
Hiroo Iwata is a professor in the Graduate
School of Systems and Information Engineering of the University
of Tsukuba, where he is teaching human interface and leading research
projects on virtual reality. His research interests include haptic
interface, locomotion interface and spatially immersive display.
He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree in engineering from the
University of Tokyo in 1981, 1983 and 1986, respectively. He is a
board member of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan.
He exhibited his work at the Emerging Technologies venue of the
SIGGRAPH 94,95,96,97,98,99,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004 and 2005,
as well as Ars Electronica Festival 96,97,99, and 2001. He won
honorary mentions in Prix Ars Electronica 96 and 2001. He created
long-term exhibitions at the Japan Science Museum in 1997, as well
as at the Ars Electronica Center in 1999.