The First Sound from the Future

Hatsune Miku (16 years old) a Japanese girl with over 900,000 fans on Facebook, released more than 100,000 released songs, 170,000 uploaded YouTube videos, performing sold-out 3D concerts in LA, HK, Singapore, Tokyo and Taipei also collaborated with Sega, Toyota USA, Google and more… but she’s a not human. She’s a hologram.

Hatsune Miku was developed by Crypton Future Media, a music technology company in Japan. The holographic star was design by the software Yamaha’s Vocaloid 2 technology and taking voice samples from the voice actress Saki Fujita. This year on August 24th Crypton announced that Miku had received an update for the Vocaloid 4 Engine.

The idea was to release Miku as “an android diva in the near-future world where songs are lost.” (Crypton, 2007) She was the first Japanese Vocaloid released in 2007 and a voice synthesizer.

Would you go to a Hastune Miku Concert? I would! The idea battles between reality versus virtual reality but it has created this huge phenomenon in Japanese pop culture, Ian Condry, a professor at MIT says the character serves “as a platform people can build on. She becomes a tool of connection who, through people’s participation, comes alive.”

If this holographic virtual pop changing the world by using this advance technology—holograms. It can help and further develop in other fields such as health, business, education, design etc.

Although I analysed this book called ‘Technology To Support Learning and Teaching’ by (Fisher, A., & Exley, K., & Ciobanu, D). And they talk about future developments of technology such as 3D Printing, AR (Augmented Reality) Wearable technology, Gesture and Voice Recognition and more.

They believe that the future technology should help us adapt in a learning experience rather than our human needs. “We are unsure if holograms will adopted in HE (Higher Education) What is sure, though, is that if they are— as with any of the things we have mentioned— they should be seen as a tool rather than a thing with intrinsic value.“ (Fisher, A., & Exley, K., & Ciobanu, D., 2014)

References:

Crypton 2007, viewed 22 August 2015, <http://www.crypton.co.jp/miku_eng>.

Wikia, Hatsune Miku ,viewed 22 August 2015, <http://vocaloid.wikia.com/wiki/Hatsune_Miku>.

Verini, J. 2012, Wired, How Virtual Pop Star Hatsune Miku Blew Up in Japan, viewed 22 August 2015,<http://www.wired.com/2012/10/mf-japan-pop-star-hatsune-miku/>.

Fisher, A., & Exley, K., & Ciobanu, D. 2014, Using Technology To Support Learning and Teaching, Routledge, NY

Alex123TheAnimeLover 2011, Hatsune Miku, Deviant Art, viewed 23 August 2015,< http://alex123theanimelover.deviantart.com/art/Hatsune-Miku-Theme-for-Windows-XP-Vista-and-7-275482841>.

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