2020-12-09

Press Release

RIKEN iTHEMS Launches "Useless Prototyping Studio" Project to inspire the human mind with seemingly useless prototypes.

The prototypes based on the theories/hypotheses of scientists embody the potential to transform the future. The first trailer "Can the black hole be an information storage in the future?" on the teaser site Published today.

RIKEN iTHEMS will launch the "Useless Prototyping Studio", a project to inspire the human mind with seemingly useless prototypes on Wednesday, December 9. We also publish a project overview and a preview of the first prototype "Can the black hole be an information storage in the future?" on the teaser site, which is available on the same day.

Project Overview
"Useless Prototyping Studio" is a design studio that aims to create new relationships between science and the society by creating prototypes that look useless at first glance but inspire the human mind. Based on scientific theories/hypotheses derived from the "curiosity for the unknown" of scientists, we imagine the possibility of these theories/hypotheses to change the future, and visualize the potential of science for the future by materializing the prototypes. The studio will be led by RIKEN iTHEMS, with the creative boutiques "SCHEMA" and "addict" as initial partners. As the project progresses, the number of partners and participating members will be expanded.

- Overview of "Useless Prototyping Studio" -
[Name] Useless Prototyping Studio
[URL] https://uselessprototyping.jp
[Launch date] December 9, 2020 (Wednesday) to launch the teaser site
[Theme] The theme of the first prototype: "What's inside the black hole?"
[Prototype first announced] Scheduled for early March 2021
[Project Participation Members]
 RIKEN iTHEMS
 SCHEMA
 addict