Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Interactive Toy Vending Machine

Capsule toy vending machine, commonly called "gacha-gacha" in Japan, was introduced to Japan in 1960's and became very popular. Nowadays many kinds of capsuled toys are sold not only to children but also to young or elderly people.

Existing capsule vending machines just give capsuled toys. The authors of this work propose a new platform that enables customers in front of a vending machine to play with toys and the machine. The machine presents a worldview and stories of toys, and invite for interacting with them.

This project is a cooperative research project between Kentaro Fukuchi (The University of Electro-Communications), Kaori Enomoto, Yu Izawa, Fusako Kusunoki and Hideki Kaji (Tama Art University).

Posted by Cati Vaucelle @ The Terminally Juvenile
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