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DNP and Louvre museum collaboration June 8, 2010

Filed under: Assigment,Techonology — mavichakp1 @ 12:08 pm

During the tour in DNP, we were showed some of their sample work with the France Louvre museum,
and the one that caught my eyes the most is their 3D Model of the actual statue piece.
They achieve the realistic 3D by using 3D scan on the art and it is very detailed model, you can see the place where the color is different or the place that had been broken.
They also shown us how this technology could allow us to zoom in to see the detail surface of the statue or even flip it around and see it from different angle, something we would not be able to do on the actual museum to the actual piece.
The machine near by also allow you to “reconstruct” the statue and customize it as you like using different material, color and accessory

This is one of the thing that I think, show the fantastic way to use our technology for. This will allow more people to be able to access to the beauty of the arts. If they would improve this technology I could imagine how it would be easily distribute to schools and university to help people study the piece due to the digital nature of 3D model, instead of taking months of careful transportation like the old way.

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Japanese gaming behavior June 7, 2010

Filed under: Assigment,Game,Techonology — mavichakp1 @ 8:00 pm

In Japan it is not uncommon to see group of people sitting together and playing their portable game device, especially on the second floor of fast food restaurant like McDonald’s (which not provide only only seat  and drink but also free air condition and wifi!)
I might mention before about the different between gamer in the US and Japan but this behavior and the different between culture also affect the development that we can see in video game in both countries.
Since it is so easy to find a group of people to play with around you in Japan, The game developed by them also seem to include the Local Multiplayer and they do not have to worry to much about the Wifi or Internet play, which in turn make their sale suffer in country like US where gamer don’t step outside of their room. The good example for these would be Monster Hunter the game that is highly popular in Japan but not doing very well in the US (well it wasn’t until PS3 bring out the ad-hoc party in US and people can start playing multiplayer inside their room). Even highly popular series game  like Dragon Quest IX also fall into this category only have the local multiplayer and not Wifi.

From your US gamer perspective do you think you would be able to regularly find a group to play video game while you’re outside like in Japan?

 

PASMO/SUICA Card June 6, 2010

Filed under: Assigment,Techonology — mavichakp1 @ 3:54 pm

Ah… Our beloved PASMO and SUICA card, we used them everyday to travel around the subway in Tokyo.

These card are a rechargeable card which you can buy from any subway station in Tokyo for 500 yen, They use RFID technology and do not require to be touch with the card reader (you can simply touch your wallet with the card inside and it will still read the card) both PASMO and SUICA are interchangeable and they work in others place not just in the subway, a lots of convenient store and restaurant accept them, other transportation like buses also accept them. even the vending machine accept them. So you could basically use them as a mini debit card that you can recharge money into and it wouldn’t cost you much even if you lost it.

In my opinion it’s very cool idea to have these “one card pass all” card. When I used it I don’t have the trouble of getting coins for a change of my purchase ( which is a pain since in Japan coin actually worth something) I don’t even have to open my wallet and from the JR company lecture we learn that they will make these card even more convenient to use by putting it into cellphone, combine with others technology we saw it could be said that in the future you only need a cellphone to do everything you want!

 

Vending Machine!

Filed under: Assigment,Techonology — mavichakp1 @ 3:44 pm

I love how in Japan you can find Vending Machines  in almost every corner usually a row up of 2-3 machines.
of course the most common type are the machine the sell drink but there are also others type of vending machine you can see there,
like the one that sell cigarette or instant noodle or snacks or mini  microwave food or even Ice cream!
some of the drinking one also have an option to put sugar and cream into your hot coffee if you order one.

if you think that isn’t convenient enough, you can also pay these machine (well only in Tokyo) with pasmo/suica card the same one you use to travel around!

I think the abundant numbers and types of vending machine in Japan only serve as an evident of Japanese culture and how they’re always mobile, and moving. As buying from these machine are faster than going into the convenient store (which is already fast in Japan!).
They are also work 24 hour and do not need human to operate them which probably reduce the cost for the product seller too!

 

AR Techonology: Where the reality and imagination collide May 22, 2010

Filed under: Assigment,Techonology — mavichakp1 @ 10:06 am

   While visiting Japan major company like DNP and NTT Docomo, we were introduce with the new technology call AR (Augment Reality) technology. Like the name suggest, AR technology Augment the 3D with our real life object, using a special camera. When you look into the object with the camera the screen will show a 3D graphic of various information that were input to help the customer. One example we see was the furniture, you could easily put the ID card that come with the advertising magazine on the floor of your house to see how the furniture would fit into your room on the camera screen.
     What make me excite about AR is its potential, it is very expandable and there are many ways to use it. Personally I want to see more game using this technology, there were only a few game on PS3 trying to use AR a few years back and they are not very successful, like The Eyes of Judgment , but back then PS3 aren’t as popular as they are right now and it might be more successful if it was release again now.
The other possibility I see is to use this technology with a tabletop game such as Dungeon and Dragon.
which will make the game much more impressive seeing you own character popping up and walking on the field, fighting monster and changing equipment!

 

3D the future of Vision May 15, 2010

Filed under: Assigment,Techonology — mavichakp1 @ 8:45 pm

 On our third day in Japan, we had a chance to be lectured by the company Future Scope and Lucent Picture, The latter which involve in developing and making 3D media such as movie, They also show us the sample of their work which is really impressive and breath taking, Having dimensions can make the scene in a movie much more realistic. They also talk about how the big publisher in Japan are more interest in making a 2D picture like manga and anime into 3D too and we also shown some of the example of the 2D convert into 3D, the example including the film Naruto and the still picture of the famous manga likeDeath note, Berserk and Bleach. The depth of 3D make the fighting scene more realistic, It really look like the villain had been kicked by a strong force! What more surprising is that the process doesn’t even take very long at all! With one specialist they could convert it in 2-3 days! After seeing all this stuff I’m really pump to see the future direction of our home entertainment, these 3D technology combine with the Japanese new 3D projection TV will create a market and the need for 3D converter specialist. In addition 3D technology also make their way into video game market as well, for example the Nintendo 3DS everyone probably heard about, but we were also hinted at the lecture that certain other company also developing their 3D video game!