EYE PLAY THE PIANO

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TitleEYE PLAY THE PIANO
ClientTHE UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBA’S SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS
Product / ServiceTHE UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBA’S SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS
CategoryA09. Innovative Use of Technology
EntrantHAKUHODO KETTLE Tokyo, JAPAN
Entrant Company HAKUHODO KETTLE Tokyo, JAPAN
Advertising Agency HAKUHODO KETTLE Tokyo, JAPAN
Production Company AID-DCC Osaka, JAPAN
Production Company 2 INVISIBLE DESIGN LAB Fukuoka, JAPAN
Production Company 3 TOKYO Tokyo, JAPAN

Creative Execution

We developed the universal piano system,“Eye Play the Piano,” by using an eye-tracking system within a head mount display so the piano could be played without the use of hands or arms but rather by blinking on the desired key to play that note. The arrangement of the standard keyboard, which is designed to be played by hand has been reassembled to an interface which can be played by “sight.” After 4 months of practicing, the disabled student, Kota played the piano for the first Christmas concert at the school.

Eye Play the Piano gave an opportunity for handicapped people to try a new experience, that is to play musical instruments freely without using their body. This project was covered by the media of 37 countries, and played an important role in spreading the uppermost notion of education, that is “to open the children to infinite possibilities.” Moreover, through charity fundraising, we were able to donate the device to other 53 schools in Japan. Furthermore, the Ministry of Education has started to fully introduce the system to expressive education, which has advanced the future of special education in Japan.

The University of Tsukuba’s Special Needs Schools, who operate various schools across the country for the physically disabled, declares "expanding the possibilities of children" as their educational philosophy and aims to provide an educational environment where handicapped students can express their imagination freely. Kota Numajiri is a 16-years-old student who suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a disease that affects muscular development in the arms and legs. He has loved music since he was a little child, and his dream was to play piano by himself. The development for the universal piano system,“Eye Play the Piano,” was brought up with the idea of coupling an eye-tracking system to recognize the direction of eyes through the virtual reality headset with an instrument so the user could play the instrument without their hands or arms but instead only with their eyes.

Credits

Name Company Position
Shota Hatanaka Hakuhodo Kettle Creative Director
Keitaro Kamijo Hakuhodo Producer
Masashi Ohashi AID-DCC Inc. Technical director/Programmer
Kenjiro Matsuo Invisible Designs Lab. Technical director/Sound producer
Yuri Morimoto AID-DCC Inc. Designer
Takayuki Kitai AID-DCC Inc. Motion designer
Yoshiaki Kajiyashiki AID-DCC Inc. Programmer
Masaru Kinoshita AID-DCC Inc. System Engineer
Kentaro Muraishi Planner
Toshiyuki Takei Tokyo/Taiyokikaku Co./Ltd. Producer
Kazuma Kitada Tokyo/Taiyokikaku Co./Ltd. Director
Masayoshi Takayanagi Tokyo/Taiyokikaku Co./Ltd. Production Manager
Rintaro Kozasa Tokyo/Taiyokikaku Co./Ltd. Production Manager
Miwa Onishi Taiyokikaku Co./Ltd. Production Manager
Shingo Ikeura Camera
Keiichi Tomita Camera
Ryosuke Toyama Camera
Takami Yuasa Blue Bayou Sound
Keiichi Nakajima Editor
Yoshitaka Honda Editor
Kota Numajiri Piano Player
Takashi Uno PR planner
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