Homunculus:

we propose to add a new system with valuable functionalities to vehicles. We call it “Homunculus”. It is based on a new concept of interactions between humans and vehicles. It promotes and augments nonverbal communicability humans in the vehicles.

It is difficult to communicate with the drivers in the vehicles by eye contact, hand gestures or touching behavior. Our “Homunculus” is a system to solve these problems. The instruments of “Homunculus” are composed of three system modules. The First is Robotic Eyes System which is a set of robotic eyes that follows drivers eye movements & head rotations. The Second is Projection System which shows drivers hand gestures on the road. The Third is Haptic Communication System which consists of IR Distance Sensors Array on the vehicle and Vibration motors attached to the driver. It gives drivers the haptic sense to approaching objects to the vehicle. These three Systems are set on vehicle’s hood or side.

We propose the situation that humans and vehicles can be unified as one unit by Homunculus. This system works as a middleman for communications between men and vehicles, people in other cars, or even people just walking the street. We suggest the new relationship of men and their vehicles could be like men and their clothes.

Abstract:

Homunculus

Related Links:

Yoichi Ochiai Design Workshttp://96ochiai.ws

the Vehicle as Augmented Clothes

Project Member:

Yoichi Ochiai:

Designer, Super Creator Certificated by IPA & METI JAPAN, University of Tsukuba. 

Keisuke Toyoshima:

LED, University of Tsukuba. 

System:

操縦者の眼球の動きと同じように動くロボット眼球,ジェスチャーを車の外に映し出すプロジェクター,車の表面に近づくものを皮膚の感覚として表現するシステムをセットにした,ホムンクルスというシステムを開発した.

乗り物を拡張された衣服ととらえ,車と人間が一体化し,車外にコミュニケーションを表現出来るようなシステムのコンセプトを提示する目的で本システムは構築された.

ホムンクルスとは,ラテン語で小さな人間を意味し,人間の中には人間を操作する小さな人間がいる,という神話上の考えに登場する語である.

概要:

Indicatable Mediahttp://96ochiai.ws/96ochiai/indicatable.html
Link to Youtube Video(DEMO)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU6MaAfY0uw

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