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Student Showcase Archive

Ryo Tada

MA work

MA work

  • FULU

    FULU, Ryo Tada (MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering, 2019) 2019
    Interaction design, video and 3D printing
    W12mm x L20mm x t7mm

  • FULU

    FULU, Ryo Tada (MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering, 2019) 2019
    Interaction design, video and 3D printing
    W12mm x L20mm x t7mm | Photographer: Deo Suveera


Currently, digital communication is very audio-visually focused, with sensory experiences neglected. Touch is the most important sensory system to create trust and empathy, such as a baby's first connection with their mother. 

FULU is a fingernail-mounted haptic interface for augmented reality. With FULU, you can touch textures far away, or in the digital world. FULU generates organic touch sensations. The device is applied on the nail side, so that you can retain physical touch on the fingerpad. 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 fit it in your pocket. It's easy to use; you can connect to Bluetooth devices to enjoy touch 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 screens. You can even experience a professional's touch while practising the guitar. FULU creates new touch culture in the digital experience.



  • MA Degree


    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.

  • Degrees

  • MArch/MEng, Master of Architecture and Architectural Design, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, 2010; BArch/BEng, Bachelor of Architecture, Kyoto University, 2008
  • Experience

  • 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
  • Exhibitions

  • Japanese Junction London, TOTO Gallery London, 2018
  • Awards

  • Highly Recommended, Japan Sign Design Association Award, 2012; Mobile Architecture Competition, 2009