4 years ago, at 14:46 we were in a meeting in our Tokyo office with our friends from IDEO.
On the moment, we could not really grasp what was happening 250 kilometres away North in the Tohoku region.
While considering the situation from the street, where most of the people gathered as a security measure, we started to watch images of the sea in fire on our mobile phones. The tsunami had striken. The “Fukushima” catastrophe was just rolling out its dark storyboard.
This event impacted our lives since then and we repeatedly wondered how we could contribute with LM3LABS’ technologies. Our collaboration with the FURE initiative at Fukushima University is result of this desire to help.
The first contribution actually took the shape of a collaboration with the Qatar Friendship Fund which supports projects that address urgent, crucial and sustainable needs for the greatest number of beneficiaries, and focus on three main priority areas: child education, fisheries, and healthcare.
We deployed Catchyoo floor interactive systems in multiple schools so that kids can enjoy a richer experience while burning calories, indoor.
The Catchyoo installations use artificial intelligence which brings life to projected 3D animals. They react to kids touch. They follow the kids, escape them when the motions are too sudden. Some species do not like that kids touch their tails and react in consequence.
As expressed by the Qatar Friendship Fund, the objective is to bring joy and reinvigorate the lives of up to 150,000 people in the Fukushima prefecture.