The NEW OpenPool has come!

Finally, the new OpenPool has been released! It works with one Kinect2 on Unity platform. That means you will be able to enjoy increased stability, speed, and beauty. For geeks, please visit the Github repo. To set it up, we documented a new Setup page. Also, apologies for the delay. Although the funding campaign failed, we continued to work on a voluntary basis, so that we can publish the new version. We hope you could help one another. Anyway, it’s published. We hope you like it.

OpenPool wins Audience Award at Microsoft Innovation Award Japan!

OpenPool was on the stage of Microsoft Innovation Award final presentations, held on May 30th in their Tokyo office. The event took place during the company’s developer conference named de:code. And the result was wonderful. OpenPool won Audience Award, as well as one of Excellence Awards! Thank you for voting! Some Japanese media featured the event. Other projects are also very interesting, so just take a look.

Thank you, our kind backers on Kickstarter!

Unfortunately, OpenPool was unsuccessful to get funded on Kickstarter. However, we continue on our voyage to somehow ship the product to the world. Though we have very few budget to continue on our development, we promise you to make the source code open in a few months. Please keep your eye on our website. Also, we are still seeking for good opportunities. After all, we sincerely appreciate your kind support!

OpenPool now on Kickstarter & in SXSW Gaming Expo!!!

Doudle big news!! We are starting a Kickstarter campaign today! – Kickstarter Page Visit the page, and back us right now! – SXSW Gaming Expo Date: Mar 7-9, 2014 Location: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704 – SXSW Trade Show Date: Mar 9-12, 2014 Come visit us, folks in Austin!!

OpenPool Named SXSW Interactive Awards Finalist!

We are proud to announce we have been nominated as a finalist in the Amusement category of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Awards!’s-top-new According to SXSW, the Interactive Awards highlight the coolest projects from the Interactive community, including mobile and tablet apps, platforms, games, kiosks/installations, digital campaigns, websites and more. They are looking for projects created by the Interactive community that push the boundaries of what’s possible in digital content and inspire the next wave of creativity. We are thrilled and honored by the news! If you come to Austin this march, don’t forget to come see OpenPool. We’ll be both in Gaming Expo and Trade Show during SXSW. This […]

Report: OpenPool GoodDesign Exhibition

As we posted before, our exhibition at Tokyo Midtown successfully took place and ended. We demonstrated our brand-new version of OpenPool coming along with two new effects, and it was extremely well received. You’ll like it once you see the photos and videos below. Sea-saw effect. ReflectBeat effect. Kids really liked OpenPool! Beautiful isn’t it? Huge turnout, especially kids! You can see ReflectBeat, the original gaming machine in the back. The originally-designed exhibition frames. Thank you so much Konami Style Store! Last but not least, these time-lapse movies show you how the exhibition was in the coolest way. Enjoy!

OpenPool won Good Design Award 2013

OpenPool has just won Good Deisgn Award 2013! Good Design Award is one of the most recognized awards in Japan. It has been played a big role as the most influential design award since 1957, and introduced many cool products to the public. From today on, OpenPool will keep moving forward with the well-known G symbol.

The Openpool in AT&T AdWorks Lab New York is now working!

Hi, today I visited AT&T AdWorks Lab in New York to set their Openpool up. Where do you think the Openpool is installed in AT&T AdWorks Lab? That’s the center of the entrance space!!! They are actually going to exhibit the Openpool in the upcoming Advertising Week, “the world’s premier annual gathering of marketing and communications leaders each year in New York City” (quoted from the official website), which is a great honor for us Openpool team. In the AT&T AdWorks Lab, Kinects and a projector for Openpool are installed on the ceiling. We tackled calibrations and on-site problem solving with Alex, a nice guy working for AT&T and in […]

Visited MIT Media Lab! Openpool@Boston

Openpool@Boston! Hi, I am Shinya, a hardware developer at Openpool, maintaining and developing the Openpool Ball Detector. I am now staying in Boston until this December for my personal reason, and also seeking opportunities to expand our Openpool project in Boston. As the first step, I visited the MIT Media Lab, one of the next targets to install Openpool. Kendall Station, displaying the history of MIT. The MIT Media Lab is a 3-minute walk from the Kendall Station.   At the entrance of the MIT Media Lab, the famous Silk Pavilion is exhibited. Silk is one of the recent hottest research topics at the MIT Media Lab. They rediscovered silkworms […]