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Tele Echo Tube

Issue: XXII.4 July - August 2015
Page: 8
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Hiroki Kobayashi, Michitaka Hirose, Akio Fujiwara, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Kaoru Sezaki, Kaoru Saito

Tele Echo Tube (TET) is a speaking-tube installation that interacts acoustically with a deep mountain echo, a Japanese mythological creature named Mr. Yamabiko, through a vibrating lampshade-like interface. TET allows users to interact with the mountain echo, which occurs at an elevation of 1,200 meters in the University of Tokyo Forests, in real time through an augmented sound-echo experience with vibration over a satellite data network.

This novel interactive system can help create the imagined presence of a mythological creature in undeveloped natural locations. It leverages the boundaries of the real and virtual worlds to allow people to experience an interaction between humans, nature, and mythology (i.e., a non-human-centric interaction).

Kobayashi, H.H., Fujiwara, A., Nakamura, K., Saito, K., and Sezaki, K. Tele Echo Tube: Beyond cultural and imaginable boundaries. Proc. of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. ACM, New York, 2015, 421–422; DOI: 10.1145/2677199.2690879

Kobayashi, H., Hirose, M., Fujiwara, A., Nakamura, K., Sezaki, K., and Saito, K. Tele echo tube: Beyond cultural and imaginable boundaries. Proc. of the 21st ACM International Conference on Multimedia. ACM, New York, 2013, 173–182; DOI: 10.1145/2502081.2502125

Hiroki Kobayashi, The University of Tokyo

Michitaka Hirose, The University of Tokyo

Akio Fujiwara, The University of Tokyo

Kazuhiko Nakamura, The University of Tokyo

Kaoru Sezaki, The University of Tokyo

Kaoru Saito, The University of Tokyo