Currently, digital communication is highly audio-visually focused. Other human sensory experiences are fundamentally neglected, and this is causing modern issues. In particular, touch is the most important sensory system to create trust and empathy – such as when babies first create a connection with their mother through touch. Therefore, an easy and accessible touch interface is necessary.
FULU is a finger nail-mounted haptic interface for augmented reality. With FULU, you can touch textures far away, or in the digital world. FULU generates organic touch sensations, like textures.
The device will be applied on the nail side, so that you can retain physical touch on the finger pad. In other words, FULU creates ‘augmented touch’, allowing users to experience virtual and physical touch seamlessly and simultaneously.
FULU is small and light – the size of a fingernail. You can carry it around in your pocket. It is easy to use – users can connect to Bluetooth devices, such as smartphones and laptops, to enjoy touch experience anytime, anywhere.
FULU can send touch remotely. For example, you can 'touch call' with a long-distance partner. FULU can create texture and touch sensation from 2D images, adding 3D depth to current 2D screens. You can even learn the professional guitarists’ hand touch while you practise the guitar.
FULU creates new touch culture in the digital experience.
School of Design
MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2019
Experience designer/Innovation designer
I am seeking a way to make the world a happier place with my design.
I previously trained as an architectural and interior designer, and worked in London and Tokyo for six years.
Currently, I am integrating those space design skills with digital, service and business design.
I am always curious about what humans do, and carefully observe them in order to create my design solutions.
My current interest is connecting people to people – people to things, things to things.
- MArch/MEng, Master of Architecture and Architectural Design, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, 2010; BArch/BEng, Bachelor of Architecture, Kyoto University, 2008
- Interior designer, Fletcher Priest Architects, London, 2016–2017; Architectural designer, Pringle Brandon Perkins + Will, London, 2014–2016; Architect, Takenaka Corporation, Tokyo, 2012–2013; Interior designer, Takenaka Corporation, Osaka, 2010–2012
- Japanese Junction London, TOTO Gallery London, 2018
- Highly Recommended, Japan Sign Design Association Award, 2012; Mobile Architecture Competition, 2009