Hack the senses with temperature

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  • The group of inventors who inspire society
  • Physics

    Kenzo Ibano

    Osaka University

    Assistant Professor of Guraduate School of Engineering fo Divison of Electrical, Electric and Infocomminications Engineering

  • Material

    Tohru Sugahara

    Kyoto Institute of Technology

    Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Prof., Doc. of Eng

  • UX

    Yuichi Itoh

    Aoyama Gakuin University

    Professer of Department of Integrated Infomation Technology of College of Sceience and Engineering

  • Sense

    Katsunari Sato

    Nara Women's University

    Associate Professor of Graduate School of Engineering

  • Electronic Circuit

    Shintaro Izumi

    Kobe University

    Associate Professor of Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation

What we do?

Hack the senses

We developed ThermoScratch, a temperature-based scratching illusion system.
The mechanism is the illusion of pain due to temperature.
It presents a scratching sensation without causing any pain.

Member

  • Kenzo Ibano

    Osaka University

    Assistant Professor of Guraduate School of Engineering fo Divison of Electrical, Electric and Infocomminications Engineering

    Born in Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A. He received his Ph.D from Kyoto University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Ritsumeikan University and the University of Tokyo. Then, he became an assistant professor in Osaka university.Main research area is system design and plasma physics of nuclear fusion power plants. At the same time, he is working with Prof. Sugahara on the technology of thermoelectric semiconductors, applying the knowledge he has cultivated in fusion research. Recently he founded Osaka Heat Cool inc. to provide unique solutions to people's pains.

  • Tohru Sugahara

    Kyoto Institute of Technology

    Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Prof., Doc. of Eng

    Born in Arita-gun, Wakayama Prefecture. After graduating from the University of the Ryukyus (B.S., M.S.) and Kyushu University (Ph.D., Engineering), he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, where he was engaged in research and development of thermoelectric materials. After transferring to the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, he has been researching semiconductor packaging technology and ceramic thin film technology. He is developing flexible Peltier devices based on his experience in the development of thermoelectric semiconductor materials and semiconductor packaging technology.

  • Yuichi Itoh

    Aoyama Gakuin University

    Professer of Department of Integrated Infomation Technology of College of Sceience and Engineering

    Born in Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture. After leaving the doctoral course at the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, he became an assistant professor at the same university. After working as an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, he became an associate professor at Osaka University's Creative Unit (formerly Web Design Unit) in 2008. He has been active in the human-computer interaction industry as a researcher while directing public relations and branding for Osaka University. D. in Information Science. He has received awards for best paper and best demonstration at academic conferences and symposiums in Japan and abroad. He has also received numerous other awards, including the Asia DigtalArt Award, the Knowledge Innovation Award Grand Prix, the Osaka University Achievement Award, and the Osaka University President's Encouragement Award.

  • Katsunari Sato

    Nara Women's University

    Associate Professor of Graduate School of Engineering

    Born in Yamagata Prefecture. After graduating from Tohoku University, he entered the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, where he studied tactile information transmission technology as a JSPS Research Fellow (DC1). After graduation, he entered the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, where he studied tactile information transmission technology as a JSPS Research Fellow (DC1). In 2013, he joined the Faculty of Life and Environment at Nara Women's University as a lecturer, and from 2021, he was appointed as an associate professor at the university's Graduate School of Engineering. He is developing a fast and energy-saving method for reproducing the sensation of warmth and coolness using Peltier devices and its applications. He also conducts educational research on the evaluation of clothing focusing on human sensibility.

  • Shintaro Izumi

    Kobe University

    Associate Professor of Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation

    Born in Miki City, Hyogo, Japan, he received his degree from the Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University in 2011, and worked as an assistant professor at the Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Center, Kobe University, where he was engaged in research and development of sensor networks and integrated circuits. He will assume his current position in April 2022. His research and development focuses on biomedical measurement technology and its medical healthcare applications, including measurement circuits, wireless networks, and machine learning.

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