iPresence G.K.

Chris Christophers
President, iPresence
An engineering team pursuing a new way of remote communication using technologies such as Remote Presence Robots.
Providing solutions to realize more realistic remote presence to achieve our concept of “Being there without being there”
Currently expanding business both in Japan and overseas working closely together with Robot manufacturers from Silicon Valley in US.

[Works to be exhibited]
This time, exhibiting 3 prototypes developed with iPresence concept which is how to convey a remote person’s existence better utilizing combination of different platforms together with “Telepresence + Robotics + Remote Control” technologies.

Remote ROVER A test robot to test the potential of a new protocol, HpFP to be used in remote connection.

Collaboration Partner National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)

W Display System : IZZY A new communication tool created by combining a digital signage together with 3 axis telepresence robot.

Collaboration Partner Izox K.K. / PC AUTOMATION SERVICE / Takamaru Engineers K.K. / U-Softfactory / AtomDesign

Walk With Me (ANKO) Pursuing an experience of remotely walking around together no matter if it is inside or outside.

Keigan Inc.

Keigan Inc. is a startup company that develops intelligent motor in Kyoto, Japan. Our product “Keigan Motor” enables a super-easy rapid prototyping of robot.
Our mission is to contribute to the society by providing platform that makes it surprisingly easy and quick for everyone to develop a robot.

Keigan Motor Keigan Motor is a brand-new intelligent device for rapid prototyping. You can connect multiple motors, assign tasks, and control them via smartphone. Without complicated wiring or technical knowledge, it enables you to design motions, and to develop robots.
Interactive kaleidoscope collaborating with artist Akiko Suzuki, and remote-controllable transporter robot will let you experience the joy of maneuvering motion easily and quickly. Try Keigan motor, and discover your creativity.


Master artisan
Toru Tsuji
Kanaami-Tsuji is traditional handmade wire netting studio and shop, which has long years of history in Kyoto. “To generate grace in subsidiary objects”, artisans have been making beautiful and elegant everyday utensils by their hands using timeless wisdom and experience. Beyond traditional boundary of craftsmanship, the studio also challenges to apply its original techniques to innovative products.

[Works to be exhibited]
It is said that the history of wire netting ware ("Kanaami" in Japanese) in Kyoto goes back more than ten centuries. Used as kitchen utensils in Kyoto cuisine, these tools have been cherished by chefs in the city through the ages. At Kanaami-Tsuji, using original techniques such as kiku-dashi ("chrysanthemum pattern") and kikko-ami ("tortoise shell netting"), we offer tofu servers and tea sifts that are individually handmade, as well as custom-made orders for metal grills to match specific bowls or vessels. Based on our concept to produce handmade utensils that can be also used in contemporary lifestyles, we proactively explore potentiality of Kyoto craftsmanship in collaboration with international designers and/or typical industries.
Major Works


basket lamp

TOFU SERVER KIKUMARU stainless steel/copper

and many more...

Ikegawa lab, Department of Design and Architecture, Kyoto Institute of Technology

Ikegawa lab, Department of Design and Architecture, Kyoto Institute of Technology
IKEGAWA Lab conducts a study on the potential of time-based media through comprehensive perspectives of communication processes between addresser and addressee. We are mainly working on projects in the area of content creation. We consider design in strong association with anthropology and sociology. Using fieldwork method to investigate social and cultural insights, we aim to rethink of the visually-mediated communication.

Film Cycle Project ‘Film Cycle’ is a social design project that aims to make an effective cycle of personal media, using ‘old’ personal media footage that includes 8mm films and various photos taken in present time. In this project, personal life stories are collected via images contributed by the viewers. These stories play important roles to establish new media which weaves new narratives to be shared within and beyond different communities. The project’s mission is to preserve and share those personal stories in order to build connections between people across different generations, contributing to create a world of empathy. The process of discovering values of used products in its ‘memories’ proposes us unique idea about recycling. The project is conducted in association with Ooe High School, Tokushima University’s Sahara Lab and NPO remo.

For more information (Knowledge Capital Association)