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Infographic Movie for National Institute of Informatics

I made the concept and designed all the elements in this fun infographic movie for NII (National Institute of Informatics) a while ago. Really enjoyed the whole process of making this.


Calendar Desktop Wallpaper: October 2011

To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
Thomas A. Edison

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I’ve got a few concept designs waiting to be published, but I haven’t had time to prepare the posts. Maybe one post in a few days I hope.


Future Mobile Device Sketches – URSLA & BERTHA

URSLA is a future pendant that emits 3D projections in the air.
Synced with the mobile phone, notifications such as emails, phone calls, schedule reminders, etc. appear right in front of you for a few seconds.

BERTHA is a future mobile phone that works with URSLA.
3D projections from the pendant can be ‘captured’ in the air with this phone to see what the notification is about in detail on the screen. Yes, just like getting an item box in Mario Kart!

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Dew – Future Wearable Mobile Device Concept

Like one of my previous posts (Cobalto), I was picturing sci-fi movies when I thought of this wearable mobile phone. It’s something I want to see used in a futuristic scene.

The ball works as a controller and an indicator changing colors. It can slide anywhere on the surface.

Of course it’d be fun to watch 3D hologram on it.

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Cobalto & Zafiro

This is something a little different from my usual posts. This time I tried to design gadgets that I want to see in a Sci-Fi movie like “Minority Report”. I love the futuristic computer and the UX in the movie, but I was wondering what it would be like if I designed those stuff. So this time I just focused on look and feel of the devices.

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I don’t remember what the mobile phone is like that is used in the movie, but the glass computer screen remains vividly in my mind and I tried to use as much lucent stuff as possible.




With this deformable metal, you can have either the usual number buttons or an iPod like dial.



LIke one of my previous posts “3D Desktop PC Concept“, it would be fun if this could create 3D objects in the air. With this device, you could see 3D holography on top of a 2D screen, so it would be really exciting.





I happened to be talked to by a Russian TV program, who wanted to feature my 3D desktop concept, so I also gave them this mobile phone concept images and 3D animation. Check out the animation too!

“Zafiro”


The desktop is also made of a glass screen and a round rim. This is not the one that Tom Cruise makes that hand (or body) gesture to use. This is a desktop PC.



Remember that transparent disk used in Minority Report? It can be also inserted on the screen.

The keyboard has the deformable metal and the keys get flattened when not in use.



I mentioned that I wanted to try a new career on Twitter and I’ve been thinking of becoming a concept designer for movies. I’m finding a way to be one. Do you think I can be a Hollywood concept artist?

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By the way, I’ll be out of Japan next week to attend the red dot award ceremony in Singapore, so I won’t be able to post for FFFFOUND! during the week. But I’ll upload some Singapore photos in my Flickr. Oh of course I’ll be tweeting while I’m in Singapore, too.


3D Desktop Concept

I’m back! Thank you so much for all the get-well messages and comments. As I wrote on Twitter, the operation went OK and I’m 90% back to normal. I drew some sketches in my Moleskine while I was in the hospital, and this is one of them.

This 3D hologram video just makes me want to have a desktop like this.

When you’re not using it, it works as a desk lamp.

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Bring the black curtain down so that the hologram can be seen more clearly in front of you.
There are tiny projectors installed, giving off 3D hologram in front of the curtain.

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A browser window can be resized by actually “pinching” and dragging the tab at bottom right.

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It would be fun if a document could be made as if you were using a typewriter. The curled paper hologram comes out of the keyboard.

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Touching the 3D objects would be really fun. Dragging, throwing, resizing, etc., but crushing paper to dispose it would be the most interesting.

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You have to adjust the “depth” of the cursor on screen, so how about a mouse like this? By pressing the mouse body downwards, the cursor sinks (goes deeper) on screen. When you release it, it goes back to the default position (front).

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See also a related post.


Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: August 2009

Finally I was in time for the calendar wallpaper entry for Smashing Magazine.

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And this is another version exclusively for this blog.

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Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: July 2009

I love this LUNA so much. I tried to make fireworks with it.

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Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: May 2009

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One of my favorite quotes.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s a little something for you, ladies.
I always appreciate your positive and encouraging comments especially for my desktop wallpaper designs. Thank you so much!!!

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Hope you like it.


Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Jan&Feb 2009

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Thank you very much for so many requests for a new desktop wallpaper. Sorry it took so long. Hope you like it.


Some News

Some might have already noticed, but I started writing for Johnny Holland. There I’ll write about the concepts of some of the items I introduce in this blog. I’ll also show some sketch in my Moleskine. So check out JOHNNYHOLLAND MAGAZINE. (Thanks, Jeroen!)

Also, Ashley at Fixdit contacted me. Now I can have my ideas rendered in 3D in their site. By clicking and dragging the item, you can rotate it to see what it really looks from any angle! I got also interviewed.


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I have lots of stuff to do these days, so I still can’t finish another calendar wallpaper for December that I actually wanted to send to a Smashing Magazine’s Wallpaper Calendar post (but I couldn’t make it). I have several new mobile phone concepts in my Moleskine I really want to show.
Also, though I’m trying to reply to all the image requests I get, it sometimes takes time to reply. Sorry!

Oh, one more. Design Tavern is a blog based website; dedicated to supplying readers with interviews, news and reviews. Henry had an interview for me and made a post about me and my ideas. Thanks, Henry!


Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: November 2008

 Holy Cross Church – Rauma, Finland

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Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: October 2008

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The Levitate Stone from the movie “Castle in the Sky”, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

How I wish I could fly.


User Interface Concept: Air Conditioner

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Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: September 2008

Playing with “Rainbow” blocks of Neaf.

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Oh, I forgot to mention (but you can clearly see) that I’m a big fan of Josef Muller Brockmann.


Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: August 2008

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Yeah, I know, the water looks like plastic. I’ll fix it later.


Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: July & August – Monpazier, France

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Future of Mobile Search- Power of Visualization

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Visual aid for any book. It means any book can be a picture book.

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If it could be wirelessly in sync with your mobile phone or other mobile devices, visualized data exchange could be done like Microsoft Surface, but with this device, you wouldn’t have to stick with 2D.

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Also visit other posts of this gadget.


Part1:”Future of Internet Search: Mobile version”


Part2:”Future of Mobile Internet Search: Applications”

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Part3:”Look at What You Don’t See Through Glass”

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Part4:”Future of Mobile Search for Diet”

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Part5:”Future of Mobile Search- Search Beyond Time”

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Part7:”Future of Mobile Search: Virtual Shopping #1″

Speech balloons for hearing-impaired
Part8:”Speech Balloons for the Hearing-Impaired”


iPhone with Looking Glass
See also the iPhone version of this concept.

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Digital Sand Clock for Time Management

Concept of a USB sand clock. 3D holographed material inside the glass that you can make changes.

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Pick a color, length of time and material and the inside of the sand clock changes accordingly.

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Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: July – Santorini, Greece

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Desktop Holography #1

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the real “desktop help” with the images projected in the air

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Maybe you can ‘touch’ the projected images: move, rotate, expand/shrink, etc.

I don’t know if/when this can be realized, though.

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Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: June & July

Check out July version, too.

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Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: June 2008

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