Promotional Video: Notori (2013/06)
Notori is a play kit that can revive a worn-out Smartphone. Since Smartphone often upgrade their phones, the number of phones which are serviceable but not used is also increasing. By combining traditional wooden toys with simple apps, Notori revitalizes out-of-date Smartphones and provides an attractive experience for children.
We selected wooden toys for combining with a Smartphone, and prototyped the following six kinds of play. We used the iPhone 5 and MobMuPlat for developing Notori apps, and we adopted simple expressions so that our apps might operate also with a worn-out Smartphone. Velcro was used for sticking the iPhone to several wooden toys.
- Balancing Notori: The iPhone is mounted on the wooden balancing toy. When it is shaken, the app detects the movement by the iPhone's accelerometer and reproduces the owl call sound.
- Pellet Drum Notori: The iPhone is mounted on the hammer-shaped wooden object. The horse's galloping sound is reproduced when it is rolled by the user.
- Rubber Band Gun Notori: The iPhone is mounted on the wooden rubber gun. When the user pulls its trigger, the rubber band is discharged. At the same time, the gun's hammer touches the phone's display, and the iPhone reproduces the tiger's howling sound. In addition, the conductive thread is twisted around the hammer and the trigger.
- Wobble Notori: The iPhone is mounted on the T-shaped wooden base. When it finishes sliding on the ladder, the mooing sound of a cow is reproduced.
- Climbing Notori: The iPhone is mounted on the wooden base which has two slits in the back. When the user pulls the string from side to side, it climbs up due to the string's friction and reproduces the monkey's yap sound.
- Jacob's Ladder Notori: The iPhone is mounted on the bottom board of the Jacob's ladder. The user's recorded sound is played when the iPhone's face is reversed.
Notori with iPhone 3GS (2013/11)
2013/11/19-22: ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 E-tech and MGIA, Hong Kong.
2010/10/06: Sunday Showcase, ArtScience Museum, Singapore.
Patches (You may also need to download MobMuPlat)
Wooden toy's pattern
Special Thanks: Masaaki Sato.
This research is supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation under its International Research Center Keio-NUS CUTE Center @ Singapore Funding Initiative and administered by the IDM Program Office.