Funbrella: Recording and replaying vibrations through an umbrella axis

Kazuyuki Fujita, Yuichi Itoh, Ai Yoshida, Maya Ozaki, Tetsuya Kikukawa, Ryo Fukazawa, Kazuki Takashima, Yoshifumi Kitamura, Fumio Kishino

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Abstract

We propose an umbrella-like device called Funbrella that entertains people with many types of rain by focusing on an umbrella as a user interface that connects humans and rain. Generally, people experience rain with sound, sight, or sometimes smell; however, in our proposed system, we focus on the vibration perceived through an umbrella's handle so that people can feel the rain. We implemented a vibration-giving mechanism with an extremely simple structure based on a dynamic microphone and a dynamic speaker whose structures are almost identical. With this structure, Funbrella records the vibrations caused by raindrops and plays them. We implemented three applications: Crazy Rain, Tele-rain, and Minibrella. A questionnaire study about Crazy Rain application reveals that Funbrella is amusing enough for people regardless of age or gender because Funbrella accurately reproduces rain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, ACE 2009
Pages66-71
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, ACE 2009 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 2009 Oct 292009 Oct 31

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, ACE 2009
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityAthens
Period09/10/2909/10/31

Keywords

  • Bidirectional
  • Empathy
  • Haptic device
  • Real-time
  • Telecommunication
  • Vibration record/replay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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