Wildlife I/O

Nature education for city children became difficult after much of the natural environment was destroyed during urbanization. Although audio-visual aids and multimedia teachware can precisely describe the detailed structure of a complex ecosystem in a classroom, they cannot provide an experience of the natural environment.

Using pre-recorded animal calls, this system produces bioacoustical feedback, a reaction from the target wildlife, and thereby a telepresence of wildlife in an urban location remote from the actual location of the wildlife. This study describes the design and evaluation of a bioacoustical interaction system using a networked, remote sensing, embedded system.

The system, with a combination of a tracking collar, microphone, speaker, infrared camera, infrared heat sensor, micro-climate sensor, radio-tracking, GPS, radio clock, embedded Linux boards, high capacity battery and high speed wireless communication device, successfully established a wildlife (Prionailurus bengalensis iriomotensis, Critically Endangered Species) – computer interaction through a unique bioacoustical interaction.

(Advisor: Jun Matsushima)

Selected Research for Full-exemption from repayment upon graduation for graduate school students with outstanding results (2007, Jasso, Japan)

Twenty Second Regular Press Conference, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo (2007, The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Supported by University of Ryukyus, Amazon Future Association, NTT-DoCoMo Inc., Tamagawa Seiki Co. Ltd. and Mikasa Engineering. Ltd

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