Arama They Didn't

8:48 am - 04/10/2012

Interactive 'posters' from Japan will react to being kissed

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If you've ever been to Tokyo or any other large Japanese city, you'll have noticed the huge variety of billboards plastering the urban landscape, often featuring the month's most popular idol. Now researchers at Keio University are working on a system that will allow passers-by to interact with said posters via an ultrasound sensor setup. The sensor will detect the motion of people in front of it, and display appropriate pictures in response — "appropriate" may not be the right word for everyone, though, as the main use case demonstrated by the researchers so far is the ability to "kiss" the idol on screen. After you've expressed your affection for the poster and moved your head away, the girl blushes with embarrassment, for example.

By sensing the distance between the user and the display, this photo of a person reacts when kissed. This system is currently under development by a research group at Keio University and they are also considering how to utilize this system in a commercial context.

"I'm a big fan of pop idols, and I have posters of them in my room. It bugged me that the posters didn't move at all. We built this system because we thought, if a poster could move to match people's movements, that would be interactive and fun."

"This system is very simple. There's an ultrasound sensor here, to detect how far away your head is. As you approach the sensor, the picture changes. When you get closer, the picture becomes a kissing face, and when you move away, it becomes a blushing face."

"The current system only produces visual changes, but we could also include the scent of shampoo from the person's hair, or a lemon-flavored film on the lips, or a speaker that whispers "I love you." People who've tried this system advised us to do those things, so we think there's still plenty to be done. We've learned a lot from talking to users."

From now on, the researchers plan to develop an iPad application. For this, they're considering other sensing methods, such as using image recognition via the camera, or using a light sensor that reacts to the shadows created when the user approaches.

"We think we could get pop idols to actually pose for this, and sell it as an application, or it could be used in digital signage. I think people would be really attracted by a face that gives a kiss as they walk past."

Pucker up, Arama.

Sources: The Verge & Diginfo Tv
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misty__eyed 10th-Apr-2012 05:51 am (UTC)
I read about this a week or so ago. I'm not sure how to feel about it.
wapiko 10th-Apr-2012 06:02 am (UTC)
Reminds me of Fahrenheit 451 a little bit.
tokyocinema 10th-Apr-2012 07:14 am (UTC)
oh my god this
fauxparadiso 10th-Apr-2012 06:04 am (UTC)
AKB48 wotas praise hallelujah across the nation.
shiny_lights 10th-Apr-2012 06:06 am (UTC)
I'm just imagining these as billboards in bus shelters and just being COVERED in kiss marks/slobber. Imagine the germs! Ew!

Edited at 2012-04-10 06:06 am (UTC)
eiko_c 10th-Apr-2012 06:10 am (UTC)
This! Gross :I
yume_forever 10th-Apr-2012 06:09 am (UTC)
It was posted on April 1st not sure if joke or just Japan being Japan....
mjspice 10th-Apr-2012 06:16 am (UTC)
Hmm both the articles show the date as April 2nd but now that you mention it, could be a joke.

Nvm, it's legit. :S

Edited at 2012-04-10 06:36 am (UTC)
baka_tenshi 10th-Apr-2012 06:09 am (UTC)
I don't know how to feel about this but it seems I'm leaning towards dnw. I love male and female idols and I used to kiss my posters when I was a teen.... I don't know lol I don't like the idea.
kazeyumi 10th-Apr-2012 06:12 am (UTC)
"kissing" would be creepy and unsanitary, but high fives would be nice!

Edited at 2012-04-10 06:12 am (UTC)
elizajet 10th-Apr-2012 06:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, that'd be quite cute. Things like high fives that don't require mouth-to-screen, lol.
benihime99 10th-Apr-2012 06:12 am (UTC)
That's weird ngl
asaphira_sachi 10th-Apr-2012 06:12 am (UTC)
He admitted idol's his incentive.

The technology itself is kinda cool, but for the 'interaction' to be a kiss......
baka_tenshi 10th-Apr-2012 07:30 am (UTC)
atelierlune 10th-Apr-2012 06:37 am (UTC)
Cue Tumblr full of pictures of people kissing the posters in 3... 2... 1....
potetofurai 10th-Apr-2012 06:41 am (UTC)
I like how they made it and were like "We made this thing, but now we don't really know what to do with it" -__-
wieauchimmernun 10th-Apr-2012 06:44 am (UTC)
Duh. Keio University will forever only remind me of Sho.
hazel_darlene 10th-Apr-2012 09:18 am (UTC)
emichin 10th-Apr-2012 06:47 am (UTC)
Tbh i'd love to have one of that on my room lol and i still wouldn't be able to change my clothes in front of them anyway.
michiyo_ai 10th-Apr-2012 06:50 am (UTC)
I want a Kame one muahahhaa. And also, if we dd high fives, wouldn't we break the whole screen?
omg_its_gackt 10th-Apr-2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Encouraging people to kiss posters, Japan. Not good.
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