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Annex B – CUTE

Technologies from Keio-NUS CUTE Center (CUTE)

Background
Keio-NUS CUTE (Connective Ubiquitous Technology for Enbodiments) center is a joint collaboration between National University of Singapore (NUS) and Keio University, Japan and partially funded by a grant from the National Research Foundation (NRF) administrated through the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore. The main objective of setting up the center is to collaborate on fundamental research in the general area of Interactive Digital Media targeted at addressing the future of interactive, social and communication media.

Research Focus
The main vision of the Center is to develop Experience Media, “media that uses multi-sensory connection technology to engage millions of children, families and friends in playful, creative and affective interactive dialogue”.

Technology ready for commercialisation

1.  Coucou (Connecting children for a better tomorrow)

Coucou (“Hello” in French) is a ubiquitous system that not just helps children capture information about new places, objects in the form of an experience, but also helps promoting physical and social interaction amongst them. By simply tapping the Coucou devices against any poster/object possessing an NFC tag, they can update all the information about the things they see during the visit to the Science Center on the Coucou Website. 

Coucou can be integrated with any social network like Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. By tapping the Coucou device, tourists can also share their visits to new places with their family and friends, on these social networks. When these Coucou devices are tapped against each other, a unique ID is exchanged between them and the two kids are made friends on the Science Club Portal (part of the Coucou website, which is safe and parents approved) automatically. 

These Coucou devices contains active NFC module, and a GSM/CDMA module which when detects an NFC tag, reads its unique ID and sends it to a centralized server through an SMS. The server in turn recognizes the unique ID stored in its database and accordingly updates the Coucou website.

2.  “Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) System for Navigation and Social Networking Information Representation” platform

Augmented Reality (AR) is a form of mixed reality that combines virtual information that is set in physical spaces. The uniqueness of AR lies in its ability to provide coherent perceptions of real-world environments that are overlaid with virtual content that can be interacted with in real-time, thus enhancing the user’s perception and richness of his or her surroundings. Leveraging on this delivery of localized information can be ideal to design utilitarian or gaming applications for supporting education (mobile learning), training and tourism at selected points of geographical interests. 

The smartphone-based MAR System platform offers in-camera visualizations of route plans, maps, user-shared information, and computer vision-based distance estimations, in highly configurable user-authenticated groups that may be structured as functional/hierarchical social and informational networks. A real-time backend command and control server option is available for customizing advanced communication analysis, and for building on-request reporting, monitoring and data dissemination services. 

Technology in development with prototype / POC available 

1.  Digital Taste Interface 

The Digital Taste Interface facilitates electronic stimulation and control of taste sensations on human. It uses electrical and thermal stimulation methodologies to actuate different sensations on the tip of the tongue. The sensations are varying on properties of electric current (magnitude of current and frequency) as well as the change of temperature (both heating and cooling). 

Enquiries on the technologies and / or to arrange for more detailed demos may be sent to the following contact:

Contact
Name: Nurasyikin Binte Mansor or Marie Bendiola
Contact: +65 6516 5951
Email: idmicutecontact@nus.edu.sg

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