Living Lab Tokyo


Masahiko INAMI,

4-1-1, Hiyoshi, Kouhoku-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 223-8526, Yokohama

Telephone +81-045-564-2493/94



LLT seeks to innovate smart solutions in order to improve the quality of human lives – to create the best service or products and to construct fundamental technologies/techniques for “self-sufficient innovation” for the local people and manufacturers.

In order to realize this, there are two challenges regarding the types of ICT technological developments.

1) To realize a computing system which will blend into the user’s surroundings.

Following the concept of ubiquitous computing by Weiser, LLT aims to create miniature computing devices which can blend into clothes or surrounding daily items without consumers being conscious about their presence.

Through this, LLT can create a service to obtain data regarding the consumer’s behaviour and condition without changing their daily lives.

2) To analyze the big data acquired from consumer’s daily lives.

Through obtaining data on consumer’s behavior and emotion, we can understand the types of goods which are comfortable to use or the type of living space that the users are looking for.By integrating and analyzing these data, LLT can develop universal products which can satisfy millions of people. In addition, by focusing and analyzing individuals’ data,customized products or living space will be provided to perfectly match the users’ needs.

LLT is a place to develop and bring that aim into practice. The strategy is not to spread awareness of science and technology, but rather to perform and expand this new innovation style. LLT will focus its operation at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), one of Japan’s major science centers dedicated to expand the field of science communication. Visitors at this museum will be the early adopters for the development of LLT activities.

At Miraikan, we will prepare an experimental living space environment, blended with miniature sensors, where visitors are able to utilize the space and goods within it. In this living space, visitors will 「move around 」and 「interact with people」to conceptualize a future living space. Thereafter, developer and researchers will get an opportunity to ask the visitors for their feedback and reviews regarding the comfort of usage of products. In other words, visitors will collaborate with researchers to discuss, to think together and to innovate together.

In order to realize the visitors’ ideas; LLT will work together with the local developing companies (SMEs) to create and validate prototypes. Then, the experimental living space will constantly be improved based on visitors’ visualization and will then be demonstrated to the next batch of visitors. This loop will repeat to create a linked innovation.

Most of the researchers in LLT have been involved in Virtual Reality and Human Computer Interaction research as their fundamental research base. The research activities are very unique and have already been exhibited at many workshops, symposiums and technological exhibitions such as SIGGRAPH, UIST, Laval Virtual etc. From these experiences, LLT researchers have abundance science communication knowledge.

Thanks to its wide range of applications and its intrinsic features, LLT will contribute to the improvement of citizen daily life, with the direct involvement of the end-user itself, at any stage of the development. In addition, our location at the science museum will be a model for the living lab community and will spread to museums and community centres all over Japan, as a fundamental to create self-sufficient innovation.