Maker Faire New York 360° movie [*my_design&event]

Many geeks keep dream alive to capture/reproduce the everything around of us.
The 1900 Paris Exposition already, there was an multi cinema projector amusement to show around view from a balloon.

About ten years ago, I participated a research project for 360 degrees panorama camera
and interactive immersive content. At the time, 8 cameras was put together
in large 360° camera.
We went to not only Tokyo location but Los Angeles with the camera and 8 recorders,
video mixer, a lot of battery and HDD in 19-inch Rack to make 360° movie content.

Last September, I went to NYC to see Maker Faire NewYork, and I tried to take
360° movie at there.
I had brought huge equipments at ten years ago, but I put small GoPro x4 in my pocket
at last year.
We had captured HD resolution Cylindrical 360° movie by the large camera,
but today, GoPro x4 is capable to take 4k 360° movie.
Vision technology is in dog years, and we spend in dreamland of ten years ago.

Last November, I exhibited the Maker Faire NYC movie at Maker Faire Tokyo :-)
I used SONY HMZ-T2 Head Mount Display and I added acceleration sensor
with arduino on the HMD.
If you want to see right side, turn your face toward right with the HMD.
This HMD have more resolution than Oculus Rift.

Do you take an interest for the 360° movie?
I also made simple web browser player for PC.
You'll see the Maker Faire NYC and Coke & Mentos fountain performance by EepyBird in 360°.
108 bottles Diet Coke was used for the fountain!

Click here and give me a moment to download 30MB movie file :-) ↓ click, click!

Great famous Coke&Mentos Performers

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Electrical Parade on littleBits [*sounds&dance]

littleBits is electrical circuit creating toy. Each function is assembled in a block module with special magnet connector, for easy electrical connection. The crispy connection feeling is fun!
The founder is Ayah Bdeir and one of the funder is Joi Ito.

Last year 2013, KORG became littleBits official importer in Japan. They also started to design their original synthesiser modules with littleBits. The littleBits Synth Kit was released at December, 2013.

littleBits Synth Kit was referenced legendary classic synthesiser, KORG MS-20 for the circuit design. Each sound making elements was separated in small littleBits blocks. You can choose any of sound element block to assemble your designed musical instrument as you want :-)

littleBits Synth Kit is just a instrument. If you want to hear the songs on it, you should add the keyboard block, push switch, light sensor...etc, and play it in real-time. You can also use analog sequencer in the kit, but it is available only 4 notes and not enough for a melody.

I tried to find a way to send MIDI melody note data. I confirmed the magnet connector specification to connect my MacBook and littleBits.
The connector had three pins. The centered pin seemed for voltage-controlled (0-5V) and the others is for power(5V).
The centered pin seemed available for MIDI playing.

Incidentally, KORG MS-20 was revived as new synthesiser, "MS-20 mini" at last year.
The original and the revived mini have an output terminal to send keyboard notes as control voltage.
And USB was added to the revived mini...It means MS-20 mini is available to send the melody from my MacBook to littleBits.

At last, I succeeded to connect MS-20 mini to littleBits via special hand-made cable.
Let's see the movie with the melody :-)

I imagine that littleBits persons may not like such as the activity.
Because they seems to avoid digital automation and preset things.
They may think such as the function omit children's realtime-activity.
Sorry, they may never think so. It's just in my image.

Anyway I think adequate digital and preset enable to expand children's possibility.
I believe their activity for children and adult children ;-)

Finally, I would like to say the notice.
Such as the hand-made cable is enable to send over-voltage easily.
Take your own risk and let's try!

littleBits Synth Kit

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iPhone Real "Fake Miniature" pictures optically [*my_pictures]

Today, "Fake Miniature picture" is popularized by iPhone digital filter App.
But the original Fake Miniature expression was made by optically, "Tilt-Shift" Lens.
The lens is often used perspective and focus control to avoid defocus in product pictures.
But for the Miniature picture, the lens is used for adding defocus effectively.

I have tried to attach old SLR lens on iPhone to use narrow focus expression as SLR camera.
And this time, I tried to attach Tilt-Shift Lens to see Real Optical Miniature picture in iPhone.


The result may not good.
The resolution was not enough, and you saw fringe patterns in the pictures.
You should choose digital effect first, to make the Fake Miniature pictures in iPhone.

But, I succeeded to make the impressive miniature pictures.
And I enjoyed to use decades-old Tilt-Sift Adapter and lens for such as the new expression ;-)

ゼンザブロニカの古いレンズとTilt-Sift Adapter をつなげてみた。

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Shibuya Station moving to Underground [*love & life]

Tokyu Toyoko-line terminal at Shibuya station was used for 89 years.
420 thousand passengers/day passed through the station.

March 15, 2013, The Ground Station was replaced to underground one
for connecting another underground line.

I tried to record the the view from the train window, using multi camera :-)
The sight from the elevated line might be not special, It's an everyday affair in Tokyo,
but it provided precious experience for me.
I loved it.

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Straighten Tokyo Tower [*my_pictures]

Tokyo tower had been the highest tower in Japan for over fifty years.
It's not tallest now, but it still be attracted as one of the Tokyo's landmark.

Last year, the top of the post had bended by Tohoku Earthquake.
After the disaster, our daily life is backed as the recovery progresses.
One year later from the disaster,
Tokyo tower refurbishing was started from April, 2012.
And at last, the post was replaced to straight one at the four months later, August.




I hope that the peace will continue.


When I took the pictures from Roppongi Hills building,
a french couple also took Tokyo tower pictures from the same location.

They did interval shooting to make Tokyo tower with sunset timelapse movie.
They would upload it to their beautiful traveling website "", they said.
I can't wait to see their Tokyo traveling movies and pictures ;-)

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my room renovation [*love & life]

Tokyo is one of the expensive place. Apartment rooms is so expensive,
but it's cramped and known as rabbit hutch. My room is also small.
So, I ordered renovation of my room for more space and comfort.
At last I got a sufficient room for me ;-)

It's time-lapse movie of the renovation.

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Tokyo Skytree tower night view [*my_pictures]


Tokyo Skytree is a new broadcasting and observation tower.
It's the second tallest structure (634 m / 2,080 ft) in the world after Burj Khalifa (829.84 m), and the observation deck (450 m) is the highest place in Tokyo, than Tokyo Tower's (223.55 m) and Roppongi Hills building's rooftop deck (238 m).

Tokyo Skytree is just opened as of 22 May. It's very hard to take the reservation for the observation deck ticket. But my friend gave me it. Thanks a lot.
I went to there at yesterday night, and took the beautiful night view pictures. Enjoy!

You see Sumida River, Tokyo tower, Tokyo Station area and Imperial Palace.


Asakusa and Ueno area.
Weather permitting, you may get a view of Mt. Fuji for the direction, in day time.



...and you even be able to look down Tokyo Tower :-)


Tokyo Skytree tower
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Turning Red Bull F1 at Japanese public way [*love & life]


I think, Red Bull seems to make an effort to allow excite things
to take root in Japanese Society.
For example, Air Race is not famous in Japan,
but they are keeping to cary Air Racer every year,
and make the stripe in Japanese air at their sponsored music event.

In this year, they carried their F1,
and demonstrated at not only the event
but a pubric way for Japanese Eathquake Disaster Charity.

I surprised that GoPro HD shop-bought camera was put on F1
as the on-board camera :-)


This week is very important for Red Bull Racing between Monaco and Canada Gp,
But Buemi showed us his genuine hospitality
with highly safety conscience by his driving.

I paid a donation again, and got a can of Red Bull to pay my respect.

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Animated sendai map before the quake and the after. [*love & life]

NASA released their satellite view of Sendai,
and I made the Animation for the comparison.

This Image was captured at February 26, 2011 and March 12, 2011.
You see the devastating grand erosion by the quake and tsunami.

Now Rescue teams is coming from around the world,
and a lot of the victims are taking off by them from the new gulf.


Flooding from Tsunami near Sendai, Japan : NASA

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Detail of the Tokyo Tower Bent [*my_pictures]

Tokyo Tower Bent by japan quake,
and closed until confirming safe conditions is done.
I believe they'll be able to solve their problems.



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Take 3D pict with Nintendo 3DS [*my_pictures]

Today, Nintendo 3DS was released in Japan.
The game console was closely packed by a lot of the 3D and communicative ideas.

3DS have a 3D Display with stereo camera. You can take 3D pictures and see on the display.
Now, I converted the picture data ( 3D MPO format ) to stereogram movie.

The camera's basic performance is not good.
It may not be able to memorize good image data with enough resolution and exposure.

But The 3D pictures will be amplify the user's communication,
and they will be memorized the special experiences with their Friend and Family.

It's just for fun :-)

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Flying ISS with HTV2 over The National Art Center, Tokyo. [*my_pictures]

Last month, I went to see H-IIB Rocket with HTV2 Launch at Tanegashima.
The Launch was succeeded and HTV2 has been docked to International Space Station( ISS ).

And this morning, the ISS with HTV2 flew over the National Art Center, Tokyo.
I could see HTV2 again :-)

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H-IIB and the Toasted Launch Pad [*my_pictures]


January 22, 2011, H-IIB rocket and H-II Transfer Vehicle(HTV) was launched from Tanegashima Space Center.

H-IIB is in 10 largest rockets and it's capable to carry the HTV to the international space station( ISS ).

300 kg of water, food, crew commodities,science experiment materials, fluorescent light, LED and such as the component was packed into the HTV in this mission.
HTV was given the nickname Kouno-tori( White Stork ). HTV will be continue to carry science and space materials carefully as a new born baby, after the space shuttle years.

I went to see the launch and took the movie.
you see not only the launch but the burned Launch pad at the next day.

When you visit Tanegashima, you may find nice cafes and Onsens.
I feel relaxed pace of time at there, compared with Tokyo's.


Sunny breakfast at the nice guest house.


I couldn't understand enough for the beneficial of space development, but I could feel technology, nature and future at once. It was a precious experience for me.

10 Biggest Rockets Ever Built



Tanegashima Space Center
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360 degrees Tokyo Illuminations (2010-2011) [*my_pictures]

When viewer watch a picture, they doesn't only see in the picture but over the frame. The clipped picture is spread over the viewer's mind by their imagination.

But there is a person who cannot believe such as the viewer's imagination. He just hope to capture 360 degrees whole around picture in our sight, without clipping. That's me :-)

Few years ago, I tried to take 360 degrees pictures and compiled to a movie. There was no spherical fish-eye lens for APS-sized sensor DSLR at the time, and I used wide lens with fish-eye converter. But it had not enough resolution.

Today, I can use spherical fish-eye lens dedicated DSLR, SIGMA 4.5mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye. I put up a rig with Anti-vibration mount on my bike, skateboard track...etc. 
And I tried to take the interval pictures of illumination again.


Vibration was remained yet, but it has good resolution by the new lens.

You see London type Double-decker bus in front of Louis Vuitton Roppongi Boutique :-)


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Fly me to the moon on iPhone 4 [*my_design&event]

I have thought that star watching looks so hard works.
It's required to carry a heavy expensive telescope and
difficult equipments, go on sleepy midnight ways to country side,
and peer over a Planisphere for hours and hours.

But I didn't know that we could do star watching at anyplace,
even if we were in downtown area.
And today, there is good Planisphere Apps for iPhone and iPad
to find stars easily.

Finally, I got a small telescope and put iPhone on it
to take star's pictures.


I used Borg's Pencil Borg(175mm f/7) telescope and Vixen's LV5mm eyepiece.
In the case, 35x telescopic image was shown by the system.
I tried to see the moon to test it.


In general, Such as the high power but small telescope projects darker image.
But iPhone 4's back illuminated sensor is proof a dark picture in such as the darker environment.

And I arrived at the beautiful moon!


I used sharpness filter for the image, but it contain enough resolution
to see the moon's cratered details.

Tomytec - Borg: Pencil Borg 25

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