GROOVE

2015 - 2020
Wearable Device, Human Augmentation, Dance, Interaction, Hardware design, Software design
GROOVE is a wearable grove device and software that can interact with music, video and lighting in real-time just like a VJ/DJ, and change their performance as dancers wish by  gesturing according to the audience reaction or other external factors.
For street dancing in public spaces such as parks, the gloves themselves are also equipped with LEDs so that they can be staged anywhere.
My Role - Founder / Project Lead / Prototyping / Interaction Designer / Dancer
Mainly engaged in UX design and interaction design, and in the process, prototyping for hardware and UI design for software. Lead concept definition, ideation, and user testing as a dancer.
Team

Shinnosuke Komiya (2015 - )
Kazunori Hori (2017 - 2020)
Yuta Ide (2017 - 2020)
Shin Kanouchi (2017 - 2018)
Chris Takara (2017 - 2018)
Masaya Tsuruta (2018 - 2020)
Akira Matsuda (2018 - 2020)
Amon Igari (2018 - 2020)
Ippei Tanaka (2018 - 2020)
Fuminori Nagasawa (2019)
Yoji Shibuya (2019)
Awards
2017.4
Exhibiting in SXSW 2017
Media
2017.4
NHK BS1 Special 「若者よ 世界を驚嘆させよ!大見本市SXSW」
Skills / Tools I have used
Sketch / Photoshop / Illustrator / Fritzing / Arduino / ESP32 / Swift (iOS / MacOS) / Openframeworks
Imagination into Reality

Motivations / Problems

Dancers usually perform prepared dance routines on the showcase and are restricted from changing them based on the audience’s reaction.
In addition, it may be hard to discern which moves are difficult or highlight to an inexperienced audience member.
I am a dancer as well, so I would like to change the common sense by increasing the performance vectors of dancers, including myself, and augmenting the body.

Design Process

Research

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Problems for performers and audiences

Problems for Performer and Audience

・performers cannot adapt the performance to the audience
・Dancers cannot improvise stage productions that are easy for amateurs to understand
・When seen in the video, the excitement fades from when seen live

How can both the performer and the audience enjoy the show?

Prototyping

Increase the accuracy of the sensors which opens doors to new performances

Awards

2016 - 09
JPHACKS
JPHACKS SXSW Award
UTokyo to Texas Award and exhibited at SXSW
MashupAward(produced by Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd.) Grand Prix (Got JPY1,000,000)
2017 - 01
The University of Tokyo
2017 - 11
RecruitHoldings Co., Ltd.
Actual Lighting
Flex Circuitboard
iOS App interface

Next Step

GROOVE is revered not only for its concept and product, but also as a next gen IoT device.As a beautiful combination of digital and fabrication, we believe our device has applications beyond dance and can be used for organizing dancers with tech communities.

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