This Week from Tokyo
by Jean / August 5, 2009


What we can see or what we can touch? Japanese designers Nosigner, Hiroyuki Ando, Junji Watanabe, and Eisuke Kusachi have developed a novel interface that can superimpose tactile information onto surfaces or images displayed on a computer monitor...



Touch the Invisibles
+ Japanese designers Nosigner, Hiroyuki Ando, Junji Watanabe, and Eisuke Kusachi are participating at this week's SIGGRAPH 2009 (until August 7) with their "Touch the Invisibles" installation. Using this new interface technology, the designers produced artworks on how they "perceive the real and digital world through the sense of touch." Ultimately, any kind of visual image can be displayed with tactile feedback.

Muji + Thonet
+ Muji collaborates with German furniture manufacturer Thonet on a collection of tubular steel and wood pieces. The designs themselves are by Konstantin Grcic and James Irvine.

Jin's Global Standard
+ Eyewear maker Jin's Global Standard collaborates with eleven top Japanese architects for a collection of frames, first in a new "Notable Creators" series. Above, frames by Kumiko Inui (left) and SANAA's Ryue Nishizawa (right). Via CScout Japan. JS


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