About

Vision

Creating a society where humans and information technology (IT) can coexist in a complete harmony (“mui-shizen”)

mui Lab applies the “calm technology” approach to innovate design solutions to create a harmony among humans, the nature that surround them and information technology.

Mission

Embedding human-centric technology into society

Users’ well-being is a factor too often overlooked in conventional technology design. mui Lab tries to change that and enable a truly peaceful digital living by combining the principles of “calm technology” – which was first proposed by the late American computer scientist Mark Wiser – with Japanese aesthetic techniques, such as the use of blank space and ambience, along with the company’s expertise in engineering and designing.

Values

Combining calm technology with space design concepts that were born and nurtured in Kyoto

mui Lab is a calm technology startup headquartered in Kyoto’s Ebisugawa-dori, the four-century-old “furniture district.” The company aims to create technologies that work just like a well-made piece of furniture; they are designed to accommodate humans’ natural and diverse body movements. mui Lab offers services in software and hardware design, for which the company draws inspiration from Kyoto’s traditions and aesthetics that have such an emphasis on a harmony with nature. mui also provides design consulting services to create the best solutions for individual businesses.

Team

Team of tech artisans

mui Lab considers itself as a technological artisan. Just like some of Kyoto’s oldest furniture makers that stand side by side with mui’s office, the company believes in craftsmanship and the special relationship between humans and wood. mui Lab combines some key elements of Japan’s traditional culture with calm technology of the West and the company’s engineering and design powers. mui Lab is now working to develop a business model for its products to grow a new demand for calm technology in the global market.
In Kyoto, mui Lab is in the process of building a 21st Century ecosystem modeled after that of Xerox Parc (Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated) when calm technology was born there in the 1990s. mui’s team is composed of software architects, who are focused on IT designs that promote users’ well-being, and interaction designers who turn the software into user experience. The team also includes business producers, videographers, hardware engineers, artists, researchers, interns, architects and many other talented members from around the world.
Working with a diverse group of people enables the team members to understand the behavioral patterns and lifestyles of people of different backgrounds, which, in turn, helps them improve technology designs, as well as a better way to work together as an organization.

Chief Technology Officer
Sato Munehiko
Creative Director
Hirobe Nobuyasu
Brand Manager & Public Relations
Moriguchi Akiko
Chief Software Architect
Kubota Takuya
Software Architect
Kobayashi Yutaka
Takahashi Masahiro
Shiratori Takuma
Designer
Robin Moreau
Nakamura Hinoki
COO
Toru Okada
CEO
Kazunori Oki

Compnay Profile

Founded
27 Oct 2017
Company Name
mui Lab, Inc.
HQ Location
294-1, Morita Bldg 2F, Tawaraya-Cho, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto, 604-0966, Japan
CEO
Oki Kazunori
Employees
10
Business Model
Maker of mui. Licensing technology of mui UX/UI software. Technology Licensing.

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History

2021.1
内閣府アクセラレーターへ選出され再び世界へ挑戦
2020.11
Kyoto Steam国際スタートアップ展へゲスト企業として参加
2020.10
The Great Wave Kyoto Chamberを開催
2020.10
J-Startup KANSAIへ選出
2020.10
Mind Trail展示へ詩人谷川俊太郎、oblaatとのコラボレーション参加
2020.9
Calm Tech Talkシリーズを開始
2020.7
期間限定で夷川サローネを開催
2020.7
カームテクノロジーを翻訳監修、寄稿によりBNNより出版
2020.1
mui 1st edition (M1)をローンチ、世界へ出荷
2020.1
CES2020でBest of CES2020また、5大テックトレンドに選出
2019.11
Web Summit Machine Demo Pitch ファイナリスト
2019.9
IFA 2019 IFA NEXT Smart Homeピッチ優勝
2019.6
mui Lab株式会社本社移転
2019.5
mui Lab株式会社をMBOし独立
2019.1
CES2019 Innovation Award
2018.12
Kickstarterでの目標額10万ドルの達成と日本初となるBest of Kickstarter受賞
2017.10
Founded mui Lab, Inc.