Our research activity

Out of our five senses, auditory sense and visual sense could be artificially transmitted, and reproduced at a remote place. Telephones enable us to communicate with friends at a remote place, and a television broadcasts live-music at foreign countries. However, the sense of touch obtained by pushing, grasping or rubbing objects, has not become transmittable up until quite recently. Keio University Haptics Research Center has succeeded in transmitting the sense of touch to a remote place for the first time in the world. This novel technology is considered to be applied for tactile communication or tactile broadcasting. In addition, its technology is thought to revolutionize the industrial field or medical welfare field. Keio University Haptics Research Center is conducting research and development in order to make it immensely user-friendly.

 

Joint effort between industry and academia

 The fundamental principles of Haptics are patented by Keio University. By considering this technology as a seed, it is required to overcome the Death Valley by promoting compliance with extensive needs from the industrial field or medical welfare field. From this point of view, Keio University Haptics Research Center sets up “Real-Haptics Engineering Council” as a meeting place between the two, and encourages company’s active participation in it. This council enacts “Real-Haptics intellectual properties charter” for the purpose of avoiding the tragedy of the anticommons, and co-development is conducted with participant companies in a spirit of mutual benefit. In particular, we coordinate closely with the participant companies of the following: providing the developing environment, the development of hardware and software, active support to the broader field of application and building of cooperative relations with government and municipality.

 

Future development

Keio University Haptics Research Center widely opens its door to the industrial field or medical welfare field. However, the public viewing of basic technology in early stage provokes the tragedy of the anticommons. From this reason, Real-Haptics Engineering Council aspires closed innovation for few years. The achievement of this period will be released as a user-oriented technology in the open innovation period. The end user is able to step into the variety of applied areas by incorporating the core and engine technology of Haptics that is designed user-friendly. In addition, plugin products will be provided so it can be used anytime, anywhere, and by anyone.

 

Profile

大西 公平 教授Kouhei Ohnishi, Professor
He obtained the Doctorate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1980. From 1980, he has been research associate in electrical engineering at Keio University. Since 1996, he is Professor in System Engineering at the Keio University, Faculty of Science and Technology. Since June 2015, he is president of the institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan.