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Akerun – Smart Lock Robot

Akerun is a smart lock system that enables you to unlock the door when you get close to it (with your smartphone with you) and share the key ‘digitally’ with specific people. Installation is simple; no need to detach the thumb turn.

I made the concept design of Akerun pretty quickly (and the websites, too).
http://akerun.com
https://anytimes.co.jp/smart-lock

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http://akerun.com/

WeOn Glasses Concept Designs Updates

WeON Glasses are the first-ever glasses — optical or sunglasses — which interact with your smartphone or tablet. They offer you several functions, such as notifications, remote control, alerts in case of loss and customization.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I started concept designs for the second version of WeOn Glasses (the name has been changed from ion glasses). WeOn Glasses were on display on the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona and my designs have also been featured on TV. Here are some concept designs I worked on so far.

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http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/weon-glasses/4505-6454_7-35835322.html

Aussie Beef Japan Infographic Animation

Created this fun animation clip to help understand the Australian beef.
Storyboarding, designing, total design direction.

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To Design Next Version of ION Glasses

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I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be designing the next version of ION Glasses, the first optical and sun smartglasses that interact with your devices! (The photos below are the current version.)

I’ll update the new design here when it’s ready to publish.

ION Glasses Project is receiving funds now until November 16, 2013.
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ion-glasses-first-optical-and-sun-smartglasses-that-interact-with-your-devices

Won reddot design award: best of the best!

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I won the red dot award: design concept 2013 and this time it’s ‘best of the best’ prize! The concept itself is the one I posted on this blog a few years ago, but I revised it based on some positive feedback from the readers for more practical use. I really appreciate everyone who helped this to happen. It’s now live on the red dot’s website.

Infographic Coins are a set of coins whose values are easily recognized by anyone. By utilizing shapes of pie graphs, which are widely used around the world by a variety of ages of people, one can instantly figure out how much these infographic coins are worth. One more important aspect of this concept is that by making the empty space in a pie chart, it saves the usage of materials, which is environmentally friendly.

If I have a chance, I want to mention the reason why I chose this kind of non-digital, old fashioned concept this time somewhere.

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http://www.red-dot.sg/en/online-exhibition/concept/?code=808&y=2013&c=24&a=2

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Norinchukin Bank Infographic Animation

I helped with this fancy movie for Norinchukin Bank. It’s a short clip that explains Norinchukin Bank’s history and services with clean infographics. Again I’m glad to be a part of the team to make this kind of unique challenge happen.

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New Career as Director

I started working for Japan Advertising Inc. as director from April 2013.
As matter of fact, I used to work for them before, but this time I decided to join them again because

  • Japan AD has a new company policy, challenging to push the boundary of technology forward, which completely fits my freelance direction
  • I’ve been feeling pretty limited when working on large projects as one freelance designer (I now have my own design teams), but I can have people to work on them
  • What I’ve been doing as a freelance designer can be continued (I’m already working on one big project that I’ve been involved in as a freelancer)
  • My craziness and out-of-the-box design direction have already been gotten an official go-ahead by them :)

So, here are what I can deal with now;

  • Web design / strategies
  • Smartphone / Tablet UX / UI design, planning, development
  • Branding / rebranding
  • Graphic, motion, digital signage, AR, display design
  • Design consulting
  • Future design concepts (futuristic gadgets, computer interface, etc.)
  • Fantasy User Interfaces (FUI) for concept movies/films
  • Industrial design concepts (mobile devices, etc.)

I’m very happy to be able to broaden and deepen my design career.
You might already know that I’ve been helping some start-ups and know their ‘stuff’ very much, so I’m thinking of working with them in order to get very interesting synergy effects for such as campaigns for big companies.

Please feel free to talk to me at my email address as before, when you want to wow the world!

Japan Advertising Inc. is near Shinjuku, Tokyo.

http://jpn-ad.co.jp/

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