19 December, 2009
“Tuvalu Visualization Project"
Presentation by Makiko Suzuki Harada
"Educational Activity Using A Photograph Mapping System"
Presentation by Hidenori Watanave
08 December, 2009
Exhibition of Tuvalu Visualization Project at NPO Tuvalu Overview's exhibit space in COP15 is now open. Mr. Shuichi Endo is on the floor though I was not able to go to the locale.
Those who come to exhibition can post messages from the screen of Google Earth. Afterwards, a blue line is drawn toward a person from the contribution place to Tuvalu. The line of the light of the message is wrapping all over the world. Let's participate by all means. >> Official Website
02 December, 2009
[ Works Submitted ]
- Art Division: 1,169 works
- Entertainment Division: 622 works
- Animation Division: 473 works
- Manga Division: 328 works
Total: 2,592 works
[ Overseas Entries ]
673 works from 53 nations and regions,
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland (UK), Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA, and Venezuela(alphabetical order)
01 December, 2009
We used Google Earth for making these movies. We were able to produce dynamic movies with high quality in short terms. These will become examples of the method of movie producing.
These movies are in Japansese only. Even If you cannot understand Japanese, you can enjoy beautiful sequences and musics.
21 November, 2009
There are works of the Second Life workshop -起想転街 (Ki-Sou-Ten-Gai)- by Tokyo Metropolitan University, Miyagi University, and a digital Hollywood university. This workshop makes use of "Misunderstanding" that occurs on the Internet in consciousness. The process of the workshop is the following.
- Photographs in Hachioji, Akihabara, and Sendai were taken, and shared with Picasa Web Album.
- "Urban Myth" of each towns were twitted with twitter.
- Towns each other were produced on Second Life by using twits and photographs .
『Letter from Miyagi』
『Defended city ~守られる街~』
14 November, 2009
This project will be exhibited in several places in 2010. More detailed information will be notified by this blog.
03 November, 2009
We had completed our exhibition @ Digital Contents Expo 2009, Miraikan, Tokyo. We did the examination screening of super-high-resolution photograph on Google Earth in 4K theater with Shuuichi Endou (Photographer, Rep. of NPO Tuvalu Overview). It will be introduced at the next chance.
and now, we had uploaded "Exhibition Edition" capturing movie. This is including "Build the future with 10000 Tuvaluan" and "Tuvalu Mapping". You can browse all contents at official website.
11 September, 2009
3200 Placemarks and 400 Photo Overlays are available now.
Hidenori Watanave Laboratory
Faculty of System Design, Tokyo Metropolitan University
(Makiko Suzuki, Yuichi Watanabe, Hidenori Watanave)
NPO Tuvalu Overview and Photon, Inc.
30 August, 2009
Download Google Earth data (kmz)
Tuvalu Visualization Project is an art project visualizing information of Tuvalu on Google Earth. This project has been executed as a joint research of NPO Tuvalu Overview and Hidenori Watanave Laboratory @ Tokyo Metropolitan University from September 2008.
This project is composed of three elements.
- Build the Future with 10,000 Tuvaluans - The supporting system for the activity of Tuvalu Overview.
- Tuvalu Mapping - 3300 GPS photographs of Tuvalu on Google Earth.
- Tuvalu on Photosynth - Examples of artwork made by using GPS photographs.
It is said that Tuvalu is exposed to danger of going under water by sea level rising because of global warming. However, we suppose that it is important to understand not only the problem of global warming, but also the real situation of Tuvalu. The Internet is an effective tool for collecting information, but it was difficult to obtain information of the real situation of Tuvalu from the Internet.
Therefore, we produced this project to present the real situation of Tuvalu, to improve the interest in Tuvalu, and to receive feedback from all over the world.
28 July, 2009
There are typical 7 synthes of Funafuti available. (plug-in is necessary)
As we wrote, we took 5000 or more pictures in Tuvalu including photographs on all roads of Funafuti. We are making much more synthes.
See also: Photosynth of Nakagin Capsule Tower
27 July, 2009
It can be viewed with Google Earth and Picasa Web Album.
- KML for Google Earth
- Web album (Sky of Tuvalu)
- Web album (Eye-level #1)
- Web album (Eye-level #2)
- Web album (Eye-level #3)
These photographs can be freely used for a non-profit-making purpose. Please contact us when you want to use it for profit.
Hidenori Watanave Laboratory @ Tokyo Metropolitan University
(Makiko Suzuki, Hidenori Watanave)
Tuvalu OverView and Photon,Inc.
and also, we are making 3D photograph oriented space of Tuvalu by using Virtual Worlds. Experimental version that uses Microsoft Photosynth are open to the public.
21 July, 2009
Today is the last day of our reserch. We take photographs of Eclipse in Tuvalu. 85% of the sun was lacked in Tuvalu.
And also, we took HD movies of Eclipse, we will upload it soon.
A perfect rainbow appeared on the opposite side of the sun.
20 July, 2009
We completed the collection of 5563 photographs with GPS route in Funafuti.
- Almost sequences of all roads
- Partial coastlines
- Panoramic pictures of several places
- Inside of houses
- Coastline and planting in the south end of Funafuti atoll
- Sky and surfaces of ground
And also, following videos.
- Fixed camera movies from insect view of several places
- Continuous sequences from north end to south end with special camera
We will share kml data (Placemarks and Photooverlays) on August.
18 July, 2009
We plan to take geostationary frame HD movies, coastline, detailed alley, etc. while staying for more four days.
17 July, 2009
Now I'm in Tuvalu with a student of Hidenori Watanave laboratory @ Tokyo Metropolitan University and NPO Tuvalu Overview.
We are correcting a lot of pictures, and we will make thousands of placemarks and photo-overlays of Tuvalu on Google Earth, and 3D photograph-oriented space in Second Life, and supporting+communication system of the activity of Tuvalu Overview. Tempolary situation of material collection is as follows.
And I uploaded test version of panoramic picture of Tuvalu. This place is the narrowest point in Tuvalu. A violent open sea faces a quiet lagoon. This is a scene that symbolizes Tuvalu on the borderline between development and native exist.
You can scroll it.
It will be open to public in September 2009.
04 June, 2009
SIGGRAPH Archive 2008
SIGGRAPH Archive 2009 is a 3D image archive of past SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia, oriented on Second Life, Picasa, and Flicker. It can be exhibited with Wii Remote or Keyboard + Mouse. Previous version of this archive were exhibited in SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 (Singapore) and Laval Virtual 2009 (Laval, France).
SIGGRAPH Archive 2008
SIGGRAPH Archive 2009 is the latest version of interactive 3D image archive of past SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH Asia. And also, this is a new platform that ties exhibitor + exhibition space + visitor.
All photographs are collected from past chairmans of SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPHAsia, participants and guests of SIGGRAPH, and people on the web.
Past photographs can be queried by the time and keyword. Author's original design method "Contents Oriented Space" - Space design technique that is appropriate for body sensation of virtual world that is not imitation of real world - is used for space planning, thus, the user can browse past photographs immersively by selecting and clicking next to next photographs in the air.
SIGGRAPH Archive 2009 can be enjoyed more easily by using a projector and a Wii-remote. An immersive browsing is possible with controlling full-scale avatar by the entire body of user. In the use of projector + Wii Remote in Laval Virtual 2009 exhibition, it was so popular among children.
The photograph of this SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009 can also be archived in (half) real time. When the visitor up-loads the photograph to photo-sharing service, it will be reflected in the archive in Second Life later.
It will be continuously updated after next year.
This is a mashup project of virtual world (Second Life) and photo-sharing service (Picasa and Flickr). This archive can be accessed through the Internet at the same time as accessing it in the exhibit space.
The visitor in the exhibit space and the user in the Internet can making communications simultaneously by chat, and un-simultaneously by comment on photo-sharing service.
The author is using Second Life, Flickr, and Picasa those are the best platform in 2009. But, new platform will be able to be selected according to the age in the future.
Media arts festival mapping
Moreover, as an additional function, photographs with geotag can be mapped on Google Earth, like "Media arts festival mapping" @ Japan Media arts Festival 2008.
- Exhibited in Laval Virtual 2009
- Photographs by Laval Virtual and Akihiko Shirai
- Created by Hidenori Watanave, Conception by Akihiko Shirai
- Supported by Photon, Inc.
- Exhibited in SIGGRAPH Asia 2008
- Photographs by Jacki Morie, Brian Blau, Kathryn Saunders, and Toshihiro Konma
- Created by Hidenori Watanave, Conception by Tomoe Moriyama
- Music by Kensuke Takada
25 April, 2009
Our "Laval VRchive" is published in the Laval Virtual feature of the newspaper of France.
Yesterday was the last day of buisiness day, and today to tommorow are public-open day of Laval Virtual.
Many many, thousand of people come to Laval Virtual. Our "Laval VRchive" is especially popular for children because we are using Wii remote.
The symposium by professors at the university in Japan was held today. The theme of sympoium is "Why do so many Japanese come to Laval Virtual?"
It is the final day tomorrow.
24 April, 2009
And also, she made her own avator in exhibit space. People in France are spending time in Laval Virtual really happily.
I'll upload other works and exhibition tommorow.
22 April, 2009
15 April, 2009
Please leave your comments!
Here are a lot of photographs that are used in Laval VRchive. Please leave your comment on all photographs on Picasa, be frankly! They will be refrected for Laval VRchive in Second Life later.
Laval VRchive in Second Life:
You can see all photographs of past Laval Virtual ReVolution, before clicking below slideshows.
Laval Virtual ReVolution 2005
Laval Virtual ReVolution 2006
Laval Virtual ReVolution 2007
Laval Virtual ReVolution 2008
13 April, 2009
List of key assign:
- Gazing Upside : Up
- Gazing Downside : Down
- Gazing RightSide : Right Turn
- Gazing LeftSide : Left Turn
- Wink : Click
Extra: with NG scene.
Hidenori Watanave(me), Kumiko Kushiyama, Keiko Kasamatsu.
Ryuta Kawahara, Naomi Kuratani, Noriko Koshiishi, Miki Koyama, Tatsuhiko Suzuki, Makiko Suzuki, Kazuhiro Harada, Syunsuke Mogi, and Yuichi Watanabe
06 April, 2009
27 March, 2009
by Kaname Shimizu
Capsule-cubes who have each vitality are wriggling. Inside of capsule-cube, the user can cover an arbitrary face of capsule-cube with small capsules.
by Makiko Suzuki
The user can acquire mini-capsule which a capsule is built into. When the user clicks mini-capsule in an arbitrary place, a capsule is generated.
by Yohei Nakano
A lot of capsules wriggle each other, and cubic shape is formed as a whole.
by Ryuta Kawahara
The user moves sitting on the capsule. Kisho Kurokawa's work and life can be inspected along the elevator.
by Miki Koyama
Capsule group is forming the shape of Kisho Kurokawa's face. The user can teleport toward the capsule to inspect Kisho Kurokawa's work and sentences, and also websites.
- Production: Hidenori Watanave Laboratory @ Tokyo Metropolitan University + Atelier Ten
- Original design + project cooperation: Kisho Kurokawa architecture and urban design office
- Produce: Nikkei architecture
04 March, 2009
The event will take place at Oi Futuro Cultural Center, located at Dois de Dezembro street, 63, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will be hold from March 10th to April 19th, 2009.
23 February, 2009
We will exhibit "Laval VRchive", That is the Laval Virtual Revolution version of "SIGGRAPH Archive in Second Life" with 3D connection spacenavigator and Wii Remote. Laval Virtual will be held at Theatre de Herce - Salle Polyvalente (Multifunction Hall), Laval, France, 22-26 April 2009. And see also SIGGRAPH Archive.
Now we are calling for photographs of past Laval Virtual ReVolution. See more.
You can see Laval VRchive in Second Life:
Laval VRchive with Tobii Eye Tracker:
Accepted Class "Invited"
- YOTARO, University of Tsukuba
- LevelHead, N/A
- Copycat Hand for All, University of Tsukuba
- Space Trash, Institute of Graphics and Paralell Processing, JKU, Linz
Accepted Class "Welcome"
- Babbage Cabbage, Mixed Reality Lab, National University of Singapore
- Thermotaxis, Yonakani
- Musical "gugugugu" and "A~", Otobane Project
- LightTwist, Laboratoire Vision3D
- La flèche de l'odeur, Kanawaza Technical College
- Catopsys project, University of Auvergne
- BrickLayer, Kyoto University
- Joystick everywhere, University of Tsukuba
- Scoop-and-Release, Tama University
- Good-bye feet!, University of Tokyo and Tokyo University of the Arts
- Surrounding of Firefly, The University of Electro-Communications
- Laval VRchive, Tokyo Metropoilitan University / Photon, Inc
27 January, 2009
This is a art project made for the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival, and this is a visualization of information of a media art festival all over the world that used Google Earth and Maps.
Detailed place information, logomark of festival, and slideshow of photograph open to the public in Flickr can be inspected. Moreover, the holding time of the festival can be understood in Google Earth along the time axis. This project is exhibited with "SIGGRAPH Archive in Second Life" in the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival, holding on February 4-15.
Hidenori Watanave, Tomoko Hatanaka, Tomohiro Okada, and Satomi Miwa