Artist and musician Koka Nikoladze builds electromechanical objects which act like analog drum machines, producing unusual beats using bits and pieces of household objects and hardware to produce their rhythms. Be sure to check out Beat Machines No. 2 and No. 3.
British design duo Glithero’s unique desk lamp has a playful method for switching it on. It’s activated only when you knock over a series of copper dominoes which complete the circuit when toppled. Of course, you have to set them all up again each time you turn off the lamp.
The guys from electronics site Adafruit Industries show off a fun project you can make for yourself – a trampoline with a cool LED light ring. The lights aren’t just colorful, they can be triggered based on when you jump up and down. Full build guide and parts list here.
Digital art and design collective Universal Everything uses a series of human motion studies to envision a new sort of interactive modeling interface, which could allow multiple participants to sculpt objects from “smart matter.” It also doubles as a dance piece.
David Bowen’s unique art installation captures data from a plant stalk blowing the wind, then echoes its movements onto 126 individual stalks placed indoors. Each indoor stalk moves in concert with its outdoor inspiration thanks to accelerometer tracking and servo motors.
Microsoft Research shows off a tabletop mat that uses capacitive sensors and near-field communication (NFC) to detect the shape and position of objects, as well as touch, and gestures above its surface. It could be used for interactive games and other tangible interfaces.
Looking Glass Factory’s interactive display uses specialized optics to send 32 different views of a video towards its viewer’s eye. The result is a holographic 3D image which appears to float in mid air. An Intel RealSense depth camera allows for users to interact with the image.
This unique lamp has a built in projector, computer, and sensors which allow for the creation of interactive, augmented reality apps on any tabletop. It can recognize objects based on shape, size, and color as well. Keep in mind that the version on Kickstarter is for developers.
Design collective onformative shows off a nifty mechanical sculpture they created, which uses a series of spinning black metal tubes which allow light from an array of fluorescent bulbs to pass through. The result is a binary pixel display with an alluring soundtrack. More here.
Australian artist David Morrell bends metal wire to form roller coaster style tracks, on which marbles spend their days rolling round and round in a perpetual loop. His kinetic sculptures are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, and he accepts commission work.
Using projection mapping and a mix of tracking systems, creative studio THÉORIZ shows off a slick prototype which projects 3D images that dynamically adapt to movements, creating a sort of Holodeck version 1.0. Everything you see was captured live, with no post-production.
Shnatko shows off one of the coolest coffee tables we’ve ever seen. It’s got a matrix of 512 RGB LEDs he’s programmed to display a variety of animations, and proximity sensors which can be used to detect movement and objects, and change the display accordingly.
Oliver Wilshen and Niall Quinn aka Signal-to-Noise modded an old Roland DXY pen plotter, covering its bed with strips of magnetic tape, and replacing its pen with a playback head. The result – a strange device that can play back bits of audio based on x/y coordinates.
Interactive design firm Eness developed these modular LUMES light-emitting wall panels. They can be veneered with various materials including fabric, acrylic, and even blended into wood walls. This particular piece is installed at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, Australia.
We won’t let the irritating audio take away from Mitchell F. Chan’s Something Something National Conversation (In 2 Characters or Less), which features one of the most satisfying elements we’ve seen in an art installation – two puffy white clouds colliding endlessly in mid-air.
Recards makes unique greeting cards which include a vinyl record and a platform, spindle, and stylus you pop out and fold together to actually play the record. It’s a bit involved to assemble, and the audio sounds awful, but it’s still a cool conversation piece.
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