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mui Lab turns wood surfaces into touch-sensitive display panels — track the height of your children

Kyoto’s mui Lab presents “Hashira no Kioku (Height Marking in Wood),” a family memory archiving system featuring a “connected” wooden pillar on which one can write and draw with a digital pen.

Developed collaboratively by mui Lab and Wacom Co., the world’s leading provider of pen tablets, the system enables families to digitally continue enjoying the universal family practice of marking their children’s height measurements on the wall, using mui’s uniquely design wooden pillar and Wacom’s digital pen.

The pillar is impregnated with the mui technology that turns a wood surface into a touch-sensitive display panel. The system automatically stores the measurement with a time stamp. Then, from time to time, it displays a beautiful poem about a child’s growth on a wooden storage box in the room – which is connected to the system via the cloud – to bring back the beautiful family memory and wonderful feeling associated with it. By using the pen to manipulate an image of a clock that appears on the box, one can also retrieve measurements and message entries from specific dates in the past.

The company will also unveil “mui 1st edition,” a market-ready model of the mui smart-home control panel. mui Lab invites you to stop by its booth and experience a brand-new digital lifestyle enabled by the company’s “calm” technology.

Kyoto’s mui Lab to Showcase Smart Art System That Keeps You Happy

Kyoto’s mui Lab is showcasing “Hashira no Kioku (Height Marking in Wood),” a smart art system that turns your beautiful life memory into a work of art, so you can savor the moment every day and forever. Developed collaboratively by mui Lab, an IoT design startup, and Wacom, the world’s leading provider of pen tablets, the system connects a wood column and pen — an ordinary utensil and furniture — via the Cloud.

The wooden column is impregnated with the mui technology that transforms a natural wood surface into a touch-sensitive smart screen. When Wacom’s digital pen is used to mark a child’s height on the column, the system automatically registers a measurement and displays its value on an adjacent box. It also occasionally displays a beautiful poem about children’s growth.

Just like the “mui” smart-home control panel, which we are also showcasing at IFA, “Hashira no Kioku (Height Marking in Wood)” is built around the principles of “calm technology” and designed to stay out of the user’s consciousness while fulfilling its purpose of bringing back the joyous feelings for you. Drawing inspiration from the Taoist philosophy of “mui shizen,” mui-enabled systems are created to harness the power of cutting-edge technology to create harmony among technology, the humans who use it and the nature surrounding them.