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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