Adrian Cheok was invited to give a talk at TedxTaipei. He gave a first public demo of Kissenger for iPhone.
At the Five Senses workshop, participants came up with many interesting ideas for products using touch, taste and smell.
People were eager to try out our Electric Taste, Scentee, RingU and Kissenger!
24 Nov 2015, 2.30pm
ABOUT TEDxTaipeiSalon: Inspiration from Five Senses
“生命本質之於冒險熱情，就像生活的樂趣之於每日出奇不意的邂逅與探索新體驗” – 克里斯多夫．麥肯迪尼斯(探險家)
“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences.” – Christopher McCandless
What makes our life experiences so interesting? Perhaps it’s the ray of sunlight that hits you in the face when your alarm clock goes off at 6：30AM. Or, the smell of the first pot of coffee you make before heading to work. It can also be the noise from your kids running around the house as they get ready for school. These sounds, images, and smell are what makes your daily routines unique and delightful.
In this TEDxTaipei Salon, we will take the audience on a journey to rediscover these human senses and bring back the basics of life.
Adrian Cheok Talk: “Everysense Everywhere Human Communication”
Time: Friday 25.9.2015 at 10.15-12
Place: TUT, Tietotalo, TB109 (Korkeakoulunkatu 1, 33710 Tampere)
Adrian Cheok was visiting Tampere and gave an inspiring talk on the title “Everysense Everywhere Human Communication”. Cheok was also one of the main speakers in MindTrek 2015. The talk at TUT was organized by UBINET doctoral network. Adrian Cheok is the Director of the recently established Imagineering Institute, Malaysia, and Professor of Pervasive Computing, in City University London. He has been working on research covering mixed reality, human-computer interfaces, wearable computers and ubiquitous computing, fuzzy systems, embedded systems, power electronics.
Problem in current interaction with computers is that all the interaction happens behind the glass or window. In human interaction nonverbal communication is extremely powerful – 60 % of all information transformed face-to-face is nonverbal.
Traditionally interacting with devices has included visual, audial and tactile feedback. Adrian Cheok’s group designs for multimodal and multisensory interaction – bringing all the senses to the interaction. Vision of Adrian Cheok’s group is to augment reality with artificially created stimuli. Visual, sound, touch, smell and taste. Smell and taste connect to the limbic system, which links to memories and feelings, and thus have great possibilities in emotional design.
Humans can develop new types of communication environments using all the senses, including touch, taste, and smell, which can increase support for multi-person multi-modal interaction and remote presence. Cheok suggested alternative ubiquitous computing environments based on an integrated design of real and virtual worlds. Cheok used Sensorama, the first system enabling also olfactory feedback, as an example of how traditional the idea of multisensory interaction is.
Cheok claims that also possibilities of tactile feedback are underused. In communications between humans, touch is essentially important. Emotional messaging, by hugging and transferring a feel of hug through haptic feedback was one of the ideas their group has tested. Also, using haptic feedback in kiss messaging – application and device called Kissenger.
Cheok aims for new kind of tele-presence with all the senses included. One of the possibilities of touch-based communication in the future is that where the touch traditionally is one-to-one, in digitalized form it can be one-to-many.
RingU concept enables users to remotely send touch, caresses and hugs through the haptic feedback in a form of ring.
But not only in human-to-human interaction, also when interacting with animals touch is important. Cheok introduced system to mediate feeling of touch to animals.
Digitizing the senses
Cheok claimed that our brain is living in a virtual reality even now – all the perceptions are interpretations of physical things by brain. We see the world through the filter of our senses and the brain interpretations can be tricked or digitized.
Scentee: 60 gram device that can be attached to your mobile phone and can generate different smells.
Smell can effect and relieve muscular pain, e.g. neck and back pain. Smells released in the office space could make people feel better. Olfactory sensations require chemical stimuli, but taste neurons can be activated with electric signals. Adriand Cheok introduced device that can produce sour taste through electric signals.
In the end of the lecture, Cheok discussed possibilities of food messaging, food printing and communication. E.g. edible messages, even 3D food printing in the future can be possible. Children would be able to program food dishes without the heat, fire and knives and all the dangerous or hard-to-use things. Cheok claimed, that as in every new media, there will be downsides, but in the end the aim is to increase human happiness.
Professor Adrian Cheok will be giving a speech in a digital content and creative industry event, KL CONVERGE!, on Friday 28 Aug 2015 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
KL CONVERGE! is a multi-platform digital content and creative industry event showcasing the world’s latest achievements and opportunities in the music, film, gaming and Internet space.
An immersive experience to show how technology and content is an everyday part of our lives, the theme of KL CONVERGE! revolves around ‘see’, ‘touch’, ‘feel’, ‘hear’, ‘show’, ‘speak’ and ‘cheer’. Bringing together leading industry executives from multimedia, applications, Internet and creative content to discuss, deliberate, showcase and celebrate the issues, opportunities and successes in digital space.
Professor Adrian Cheok gave his keynote speech, Everysense Everywhere Communication, in ARea 15 on 12 Jun. ARea 15 was an exciting two-day augmented reality conference held in Turku, Finland. It was hosted by Technology Research Center’s Mixed Reality research group. The theme in 2015 is augmented reality in culture & travel.
Watch full keynote speech
A piece by April Lin and Ezri L. – Writers at Greater Malaysia
July 29, 2015
TEDxKL will be held on 8 August 2015 at Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur with the Theme: Infinity ∞ Beyond.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, it is a platform for spreading ideas and promoting discourse. This year, TEDxKL has invited an array of unique speakers and here is a little scoop on the presenters at the event.
Inventor and Professor of Pervasive Computing Adrian Cheok
Why you should listen
In case you’re wondering what pervasive computing is, it’s the concept of inserting microprocessors into everyday objects to communicate information. Think Iron Man and the way he can make gestures to use the computer instead of a standard mouse and keyboard.
Interested? You should be! Prof. Adrian Cheok, who is currently the Director of the Mixed Reality Lab based in Singapore, has been researching on integrating mixed reality, human-computer interfaces, and embedded systems amongst other things.
An Editor/Associate Editor of many academic journals in the field, Prof Adrian Cheok has been conferred a myriad of awards including the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (ASTAR) Young Scientist of the Year Award and the Singapore Computer Society Young Professional of the Year Award. A receiver of the prized Hitachi Fellowship, he was also awarded Microsoft Research Award for Gaming and Graphics.
What others say
The man with the electric lollipop How can successful innovation be brought about by basic research? Adrian David Cheok has achieved this, and made the Internet more sensory -Roland Berger Strategy Consultants