It is not already unusual that the job fair is held in virtual world. But is there a company holding a serious job fair in the “cute” 2D virtual world? CyberAgent utilized their virtual world “Ameba Pigg” for their job fair.
Recently, CyberAgent strengthens overseas development, and push forward the employment of the Android application development engineers. However, not all university students live in the metropolitan area(CyberAgent holds “real” job fairs only in Tokyo and Osaka).
Last month, they held a job fair in Ameba Pigg for the university students who are supposed to graduate in spring, 2012 (Event administration method is the same as former Idol Event). Then about 1,000 students gathered there. 40% of who logged in were from countryside and oversea.
This cute avatar is CyberAgent CEO Susumu Fujita. He himself operated his avatar there!.
Then avatars of five employees appeared and did Q&A session with students.
Job fairs which used 3D virtual world and virtual event system were observed before. But most of them were in serious styles. All the participants wore suits and avatars were real-type graphics… CyberAgent and Ameba Pigg proved that job fair could be held even in cute 2D virtual world.
An idol unit “Team Pigg Mint” held a gig in Japanese virtual world “Ameba Pigg” [J] on November 3rd.
Team Pigg Mint is an unit selected from members of popular girls group “AKB48” [J], who has been running long-term promotion in Ameba Pigg.
The above are virtual goods to reproduce the same fashion with their stage costumes.
These are screen shots of their concert.
Of course, “real” Team Pigg Mint members operated the Team Pigg Mint avatars.
The “real life” Team Pigg Mint members.
Ameba Pigg’s events are very popular, and 15,000 users gathered in this event. Ameba Pigg’s developer company Cyber Agent sold the event tickets on a limited sales for 150 yen, which were sold out!
Whenever Ameba Pigg events happens, they prepare a lot of virtual “halls”(server). (Whichever hall an user log in, you can watch the same artists’ avatar.) But, this was the first time that over 10,000 audiences attended for the same event simultaneously. Perhaps, that amount of attendees might be the first time in Japanese virtual world business history, too.
So it appears that CyberAgent has managed to replicate the success story overseas, which doesn’t happen too often in Japan’s web industry. But now The Nikkei reports that the Japanese Internet company has given the rights to market Ameba Pico to Silicon Valley-based Mochi Media.
Mochi Media (which was bought by Chinese gaming company Shanda earlier this year) will monetize and distribute CyberAgent’s platform outside Japan from now on. According to the Nikkei, CyberAgent hopes to attract 5 million non-Japanese Ameba Pico members by year-end under a revenue share deal.
That motion reminds us of a rider controlling a horse by pulling a lead rope on his back. When a controller moves a yoke on his remote control device, the head-mount device will pull its holder by the closer ear to the direction ordered. The concept of the device is highly inspired by the 40-year running popular TV animation series of Japanese sweetheart Sazae-san[YouTube, J] who pulls his younger brother by the ears when scolding him for his bad behavior.
By using an LCD and photo-elasticity, the lab team has developed a pressure-sensitive two and half-dimension interactive surface. If you press a certain point of the transparent gel, that part will be depressed. A overhead camera detects the change of refracted ray caused by the depression, and then the system changes the face emotion projected on the gel.
Every cube has a photodiode on the bottom. That semiconductor measures the strength of the ray to find the distance from the light source, and will let the cube’s illumination change color depending on the distance.Double-click the movie above to play.
People usually do their best to inhibit bad breath, but you need not take care of it when you play this game. The college exhibited a shooting game on which you may attack monsters with your bad breath. During the game, players take strong-smelling foods and drinks such as cheese, chocolate, potato chips, cakes, beer and wine, and they use a smell sensor-enabled blowgun and attack monsters by blowing it in REAL and throwing “smell balls” in VIRTUAL.
Corresponding to the monster species, a certain smell has an effect only on attacking a certain type of monsters, that’s why users are forced to keep changing their breath smell by taking foods to terminate all types of monsters.
A 30 centimeters high (almost one foot high) colunar display shows you 3D motion pictures no matter which side you’re standing to watch it without wearing a pair of 3D glasses. For example, when someone’s portrait is on screen, you can see his face if you stand at the front of the display. If you step into the back of it, you see the back of his head on it.
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Media Vehicle (A Mashmallow-shaped capsule having a display and the capability of controlling your equilibrioception)
(Developed by VR Lab., Tsukuba University)
According to the vehicle’s developer team, it is defined as a vehicle designed for moving around between the real world and the virtual world. When a controller standing outside it moves and shakes a position sensor-enabled camera, a passenger in the vehicle look and feel as though you were in a rolling ball, corresponding to the camera motion. Be careful not to be virtual car-sick.
Several sensors embedded on the umbrella will record a pettern of real raindrop impacts, and you can play that pattern to feel the rainshower experience which may remind you of a certain memory associated with it. With this, remember how it was raining when you said good-bye to your ex-girlfriend.
To be continued to an upcoming blog post for more exhibited items.