Fortune air: An interactive fortune telling system using vortex air cannon

Ryoko Ueoka, Naoto Kamiyama

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    In Japan, people visit shrines in order to pray for good fortune. By determining our fortune, we draw fortune telling paper slips called Omikuji. Omikuji contains predictions ranging from daikichi (“great good luck”) to daikyo (“great bad luck”) As a novel interactive fortune telling system, we propose “Fortune Air”. By generating the adequate pattern of vortex rings with the smoke of the incense aroma according to a prayer’s interaction, visual, olfactory and tactile feedback is realized. As a first step of this interactive system, we implemented a prototype of fortune air. For generating the pattern of vortex air rings, we use two air cannons placed side by side. Vortex rings shot by each air cannon make various patterns of air such as merging or repelling. We define four patterns of vortex rings and adapt them as special meaning of couple matching fortune telling system. In this paper we performed two basic experiments to determine the parameters of controlling the pattern of double vortex rings. From the results, we confirmed that distance of air cannons and combination of value of air pressure will increase the probability to generate a designated pattern though it is difficult to control all of the patterns of vortex air rings under everyday environment. Finally we made a fortune air system to evaluate the performance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman Interface and the Management of Information
    Subtitle of host publicationInformation and Knowledge in Context - 17th International Conference, HCI International 2015, Proceedings
    EditorsSakae Yamamoto
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)9783319206172
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015 - Los Angeles, United States
    Duration: Aug 2 2015Aug 7 2015

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Other17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityLos Angeles

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Theoretical Computer Science
    • Computer Science(all)


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