Product design of the ‘smartest’ smart lock robot

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The newest smart lock is finally released. I’m honored to have a chance again to design such great products of Photosynth Inc. This time I designed not only the smart lock itself and the door censor, but the brand new NFC reader, which allows your ID card compatible with the NFC to replace your physical door key.

https://akerun.com/

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New Company in 2016

Hi guys. How did you like 2015? This year was a preparation period for me to do a business I’m thinking of for a while. It’s almost ready and I guess it’s a good chance to let you know.

I’ll start a company to officially launch a new product, which will lead to a large framework in a later stage. The company’s mission is to create framework where creative ideas & inspirations are used for other people to increase the level of human intellect. Actually the new product to be launched soon is a brand-new version of the app I released in 2015 but this time it’s completely designed to work in the business scheme I’m planning.

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http://enfani.jp/en/original/

 

The first app will be released soon. This time adults, not only kids can very much enjoy playing I’m sure. I’ll let you all know when it’s ready for download.

Hope you all have a great year in 2016! Talk to you soon!

Got Good Design Award 2015!

I got the Good Design Award!

Good Design Award is the Japanese comprehensive design evaluation and commendation system, operated by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.

Akerun” a smart lock robot I designed for Photosynth Inc. has received the Good Design Award 2015. I really appreciate the people of the company for the opportunity to embody such a great concept into a product. The value of this product, I believe, is not composed only of the superficial design, but of the great combination of the beautiful UX/UI designs of the app that realize a high degree of usability and comfort, polite and friendly customer support, etc. all for the purpose of “the most smooth experience at a door without keys”.

For Akerun, I made the product design of the smart lock as well as the brochures, packages, pamphlets etc. and worked on its branding. Together with the company, we’ll be creating great stuff for many years to come! Also I’m personally thinking of making sooooo exciting stuff (IoT).

http://www.g-mark.org/award/describe/42540?token=rLteXHGgoC&locale=en

 

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グッドデザイン賞獲りました!

この度、私がデザインした株式会社フォトシンス(Photosynth Inc.)のスマートロックロボット「Akerun」がグッドデザイン賞2015を受賞いたしました。受賞にあたっては、筐体デザインの機会を与えていただいた同社の皆様のご協力に非常に感謝しております。このプロダクトの価値は、『鍵を意識しない、最高の開閉体験』を実現すべく社員の方々が結集して作り上げられたものであり、使いやすさや心地よさを実現している素晴らしいアプリのUX/UIデザインや熱心で親切なサポートなどがあってのものだと信じています。

Akerunに関しては筐体だけではなくパッケージ、パンフレットのデザインやブランドを担当させていただきました。今後もプロダクトを中心にいいモノを作り出していきますので、応援お願い致します! 個人的にも超ワクワクするモノ創りを考えています。

http://www.g-mark.org/award/describe/42540?token=rLteXHGgoC

Akerun – Smart Lock Robot

Akerun is a smart lock system that enables you to unlock the door when you get close to it (with your smartphone with you) and share the key ‘digitally’ with specific people. Installation is simple; no need to detach the thumb turn.

I made the concept design of Akerun pretty quickly (and the websites, too).
http://akerun.com
https://anytimes.co.jp/smart-lock

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http://akerun.com/

WeOn Glasses Concept Designs Updates

WeON Glasses are the first-ever glasses — optical or sunglasses — which interact with your smartphone or tablet. They offer you several functions, such as notifications, remote control, alerts in case of loss and customization.

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I started concept designs for the second version of WeOn Glasses (the name has been changed from ion glasses). WeOn Glasses were on display on the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona and my designs have also been featured on TV. Here are some concept designs I worked on so far.

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http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/weon-glasses/4505-6454_7-35835322.html

To Design Next Version of ION Glasses

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I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be designing the next version of ION Glasses, the first optical and sun smartglasses that interact with your devices! (The photos below are the current version.)

I’ll update the new design here when it’s ready to publish.

ION Glasses Project is receiving funds now until November 16, 2013.
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ion-glasses-first-optical-and-sun-smartglasses-that-interact-with-your-devices

Won reddot design award: best of the best!

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I won the red dot award: design concept 2013 and this time it’s ‘best of the best’ prize! The concept itself is the one I posted on this blog a few years ago, but I revised it based on some positive feedback from the readers for more practical use. I really appreciate everyone who helped this to happen. It’s now live on the red dot’s website.

Infographic Coins are a set of coins whose values are easily recognized by anyone. By utilizing shapes of pie graphs, which are widely used around the world by a variety of ages of people, one can instantly figure out how much these infographic coins are worth. One more important aspect of this concept is that by making the empty space in a pie chart, it saves the usage of materials, which is environmentally friendly.

If I have a chance, I want to mention the reason why I chose this kind of non-digital, old fashioned concept this time somewhere.

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http://www.red-dot.sg/en/online-exhibition/concept/?code=808&y=2013&c=24&a=2

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New Career as Director

I started working for Japan Advertising Inc. as director from April 2013.
As matter of fact, I used to work for them before, but this time I decided to join them again because

  • Japan AD has a new company policy, challenging to push the boundary of technology forward, which completely fits my freelance direction
  • I’ve been feeling pretty limited when working on large projects as one freelance designer (I now have my own design teams), but I can have people to work on them
  • What I’ve been doing as a freelance designer can be continued (I’m already working on one big project that I’ve been involved in as a freelancer)
  • My craziness and out-of-the-box design direction have already been gotten an official go-ahead by them 🙂

So, here are what I can deal with now;

  • Web design / strategies
  • Smartphone / Tablet UX / UI design, planning, development
  • Branding / rebranding
  • Graphic, motion, digital signage, AR, display design
  • Design consulting
  • Future design concepts (futuristic gadgets, computer interface, etc.)
  • Fantasy User Interfaces (FUI) for concept movies/films
  • Industrial design concepts (mobile devices, etc.)

I’m very happy to be able to broaden and deepen my design career.
You might already know that I’ve been helping some start-ups and know their ‘stuff’ very much, so I’m thinking of working with them in order to get very interesting synergy effects for such as campaigns for big companies.

Please feel free to talk to me at my email address as before, when you want to wow the world!

Japan Advertising Inc. is near Shinjuku, Tokyo.
http://jpn-ad.co.jp/