Fuji-chan was created as a way of visualising hazard information in an unconventional way, providing eruption warnings for Mount Fuji. The device provides information visually through LEDs at the top (indicating temperature) and base (indicating volcanic eruption), with an aural alarm also for volcano eruption warnings. By communicating this information simply, virtually anyone can understand the warnings.
Paper (describes early prototype):
Paul Haimes, Tetsuaki Baba, Hiroya Suda, and Kumiko Kushiyama. 2017. Fuji-chan: A unique IoT ambient display for monitoring Mount Fuji's conditions. In Proceedings of the 8th ACM on Multimedia Systems Conference (MMSys'17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 246-249. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3083187.3083223
Conceptual art device that uses a traditional Japanese wind-chime (connected to the internet) to warn of an approaching typhoon.
Paul Haimes, Tetsuaki Baba, and Kumiko Kushiyama. 2016. Taifurin: Wind-Chime Installation As A Novel Typhoon Early Warning System. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 24, 6 pages. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3001773.3001830
Conceptual device that uses a proximity sensor to chirp at you. Incomplete prototype.
Essay on Japanese design
Critical essay that questions why Japanese interfaces tend not to work well, despite there being great Japanese graphic designers, architects, etc.