Result announcement

Award Winners

First Prize
Title Application name / Team name
Shotoku Tamago Infocom Corporation Technical Planning Office
Second Prize
Title Application name / Team name
360 stream to AR app for image-based lighting and real-time reflections grigtod
360EyeToEar StrawberrySaurs
80th Anniversary Prize
Title Application name / Team name
Veaver Theta S Mobility Streamer Team Veaver (from IOK Company)
Sun Light Estimator Masashi Baba
Next Number VR360 muteua
Underwater Spherical Image Live Streaming System i-Ball Tanigawa & Yamagata
Honorable Mention
Title Application name / Team name
Panomate Magichour Corporation
MOUTHETA virtual dentist center
THETA Monitoring System Tsukasa Horinouchi
World in a jar MIRO

A Word from the Sponsor

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the participants and those who supported the RICOH THETA × IoT Developers Contest in 2016. We were delighted to have 54 great projects submitted to the judging panel. A total of 347 entries were made from across 33 different countries, which significantly exceeded the number for our inaugural contest held last year.

Ricoh marked its 80th anniversary on February 6, 2016. In this milestone year, the contest participants received a beta version of our Cloud API before public release in order to develop applications and gadgets which can contribute to the use of IoT, as well as nurturing new possibilities for the RICOH THETA. Many submissions leveraged the convenience of cloud computing, which made all who were involved in the contest, including the judges, realize that this is truly the dawn of a new era.

The quality and variety of projects submitted to the contest jury assures me that the RICOH THETA is a tool which stimulates innovation, similar to many other Ricoh products which were at the forefront of technological advancement.

Ricoh is now working on the realization of a safe and secure society by using the IoT, and the RICOH THETA is recognized as an important device, being the “eye” of the IoT. This year is often called the VR (Virtual Reality) commencement year, and the use of the RICOH THETA will keep expanding as new discoveries are made and applications identified.

Together with all our users, we would like to make RICOH THETA an even better tool that stimulates innovation. We thank everyone for their support.

Shiro Kondo
Representative Director and Chairman, Ricoh Company, Ltd.

Comments from the Judging Committee

Ken Sakamura (Chair of the Judging Committee)

Professor of Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, Graduate School, The University of Tokyo

RICOH THETA × IoT Developers Contest is now in its second year and this year called for applications and gadgets that use RICOH THETA. As the title suggests, this year’s contest was held with the theme of  IoT (Internet of Things), a keyword of our time. As a result, there were new types of submissions never seen before, which was especially impressive. The projects submitted included applications which showed a strong collaboration between RICOH THETA and the cloud as well as gadgets for RICOH THETA in which small computers are embedded and work with the cloud. Also, it is great to see so many entries from a diverse number of countries across the globe.

Among the many high quality submissions, the First Prize this year was awarded to “Shotoku Tamago” which made excellent use of the features of RICOH THETA, and is a highly practical solution that has been finished to a very high standard. Second Prizes were awarded to “THETA EYE” which allows you to perform 360-degree live video streaming easily via the cloud, “360 stream to AR app for image-based lighting and real-time reflections” which tackled IBL (Image Based Lighting) in AR to be used widely in applications of RICOH THETA in the future, and “360EyeToEar” which offers a creative idea of converting vision to hearing.

Taking on many challenges intensively is the only way to increase the probability of bringing about innovation. Using prizes to drive innovation by means of a competition, the most famous one being from the X prize foundation, is now widely used and has produced good results. This technique has achieved significant progress in developing automated driving and humanoid robots in the U.S. I hope a new trend for product development will be created together with users by adopting the new ideas developed in this contest.

The general quality of the works has improved markedly when compared to last year. Once again, may I repeat my belief that innovation can only be achieved by regularly repeating challenges. I look forward to a bright future for the RICOH THETA and this competition.

Atsushi Ozawa

Principal Investigator (Science Communication), National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), Jap

Some contestants participated in the contest last year too, which is great. I believe we need to increase the number of contestants that submit entries every year in order to have this contest ingrained as part of our “culture.” In light of that, I hope the contestants in this year’s contest will participate in the next too. I think we have set a good precedent by selecting those dream-inspired prize-winning works.

Ryotaro Muramatsu

CEO/Director, NAKED Inc.

I evaluated the entries from the perspective of the meaning of the use of the RICOH THETA, which can shoot 360-degree images, as well as the quality of the images themselves. I feel that the overall standard of entries has improved significantly by comparison to the last time.

The only thing I would like to mention is creativity: What is an idea after all if it isn’t a creative one?
As a result of my profession, I paid close attention to the creativity of each entry. I felt a slight lack of creativity this year but hope that I can see more creative works in the years to come.

Toshihiro Shimizu

General Manager of Human Resources Department, DWANGO Co., Ltd.

This is my first time judging this competition, so I cannot compare the entries with the last time. That being said, I realized that the contestants are extremely skilled. I am in the software industry and seldom have opportunities to see solutions or products that use gadgets. I very much enjoyed participating in the judging meeting, and found many dream-inspired submissions. I am convinced of the benefits of using the RICOH THETA, which can capture a 360-degree image. The most impressive thing for me in this competition is that there are so many entries which help those with a hearing-impairment or visual-impairment.

More Information about the Competition

The RICOH THETA can capture 360-degree, fully spherical images or videos in a single click. Its ability to capture a view from all directions within a single shot means that it is an ideal device for providing content to applications that benefit from the emerging IoT age, in which virtually all devices are connected. This contest, which underscores the development philosophy of the RICOH THETA, namely "for both manufacturer and user to continually enhance and develop the product", called for "new IoT concept apps that integrate the RICOH THETA with the Internet, including sensors, data on the Web, etc.” and "gadgets and apps linked with the RICOH THETA." In the end, there were 54 submissions from 11 countries spread across the globe. The use of the keyword "IoT" combined with providing contestants the special early-bird Cloud API produced results very different from the last year's competition: there are many high quality works such as applications that take advantage of the collaboration between the cloud and the RICOH THETA, and gadgets that use embedded computers to collaborate with the cloud.

Countries and regions

Belgium / Canada / Germany / Japan / People's Republic of China / Republic of Korea / Spain / Taiwan / USA / United Kingdom / Vietnam


Attn: Secretariat for RICOH THETA x IoT Developers Contest
YRP Ubiquitous Networking Laboratory
Daiichi Seijitsu Bldg. 9F, 2-12-3, Nishi-Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 141-0031 Japan

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