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
CategoryA02. Use of Live Shows/Concerts/Festivals
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

Brief Explanation

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. Eye Play the Piano is an unprecedented, specialized and universal instrument aimed towards those who have physical handicaps and are not able to move their hands or feet. This system not only left an impression in Japan but also left an impression across the entire world.

The Brief

In Japan there are over one million seven hundred thousand (1,700,000) people with physical disabilities and three hundred (300) schools for the physically disabled where children with physical disabilities attend. Children with physical handicaps who have difficulty with the movement of their hands or feet often have limitations with regards to“individual expression.” 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.

Describe the success of the promotion with both client and consumer including some quantifiable results

Eye Play the Piano gave an opportunity for disabled people who have lost their arms or legs, or people with muscular diseases to try a new experience, that is to play musical instruments freely without using their body. This project played an important role in spreading the uppermost notion of education, that is “to open the children to infinite possibilities.” As a result, this project has won the media publicity of over 9 million dollars. By making the Eye Play the Piano application an open source application, anyone around the world will be able to experience the system if they have access to the head mount display and musical instrument. Moreover, through charity fundraising, we were able to donate the device to other 53 schools. 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.

Explain why the method of promotion was most relevant to the product or service

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.” A very rich and varied musical performance can be obtained through the combined application of the mono-tone mode and harmonic mode. The project to use the system in a musical performance was started alongside Kota Numajiri, a student of this school who was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and had never played a musical instrument. In December of 2014, after 4 months of practicing, he played the piano for their first ever Christmas concert at this school.

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.,ltg Producer
Kazuma Kitada TOKYO /TAIYOKIKAKU co.,ltg Director
Masayoshi Takayanagi TOKYO /TAIYOKIKAKU co.,ltg Production Manager
Rintaro Kozasa TOKYO /TAIYOKIKAKU co.,ltg Production Manager
Miwa Onishi TAIYOKIKAKU co.,ltg 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