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Kaitokudo for the 21st Century i-spot LECTURE -- Lecture by Assistant Professor Yuichi ITOH: "From the ITO telephone to the IT telephone -- Let's make an electric tin can telephone"

2014-7-31 (Thu) 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Working together, Osaka University and Osaka City endeavor to provide citizens with small lectures in an "at home" atmosphere. Making use of its scholarship in various fields, Osaka University promotes the sharing of its learning with citizens, thereby contributing to the revitalization of local communities. The themes for these 2 i-spot lecture series are "Various aspects of society" and "Artifacts, past and present." There is no charge for attending, so please feel free to come!

This second "Artifacts, past and present" lecture is entitled "From the ITO telephone to the IT telephone -- Let's make an electric tin can telephone."

Lecturer: ITOH Yuichi, Associate Professor, Creative Unit, Osaka University

Overview of content: We designed an umbrella that, even when it's not raining, communicates the sensation of rain drops hitting it, a sensation created with advanced electronic vibration technology. This umbrella won the Grand Prix award in the Grand Front Osaka, Knowledge Innovation Awards for 2013. If we unravel the roots of this technology, we arrive at the telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell more than 100 years ago.

Today we'll remake the first telephone in the world using electric wires in place of the string (or "ito" in Japanese) connecting the two tin can telephones, resulting in an "ITO Telephone" made with paper cups. Perhaps this just might be the IT Telephone of the Future, one that not only sends sounds and voices, but also vibrations and movement!

Date & Time: Thursday, July 31 -- 2:00 ~ 3:30 p.m.

Venue: i-spot, 2nd F, Yodoya-bashi Odona, 4-1-1 Imabashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

There is no charge for attending this event. This event is targeted at parents with children in grades 4~6. Space is limited; approximately 30.

Advance application is required: Please send (1) name of this lecture, (2) your name, (3) grade and age, (4) telephone number. Application may be made by email or FAX. Application period: June 25 ~ July 14

In the event of more than 30 persons wanting to attend, successful applicants will be chosen by lottery. Successful applicants will be notified of such between July 22 and 24.

For more information or questions, contact:

i-spot -- Tel & FAX: 06-4866-6803, email: (Applications by telephone can only be accepted Monday~ Friday from 11:00 a.m. ~ 9:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday from 1:00 ~ 5:00 p.m.)

Date: 2014-7-31 (Thu) 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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