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Super Slide Brain Puzzle

Super Slide Brain Puzzle
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GiiKER’s interactive puzzle game combines the digital and tactile worlds by displaying a puzzle arrangement on its LED screen, then asking you to solve it by sliding the pieces into the proper positions. It comes loaded with more than 500 challenges. Great for kids and adults and an excellent alternative to playing on phones.

A Trail Tale

A Trail Tale

Taking a hike through the great outdoors can be a relaxing and serene experience. But if you’re squeamish about bugs and other wildlife, you’re better off staying indoors. Thanks to the Molski Brothers’ A Trail Tale, you can experience a hike along the Appalachian Trail without leaving the comfort of your web browser. (Thanks Rob!)

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Grasp It Structural Engineering Training System

Grasp It Structural Engineering Training System

This interactive educational system helps students learn about the physical properties of structures. It combines a set of beams, levers, pivot points, and other parts that attach to a backboard which work in concert with augmented reality projections to show the physics at play when forces are applied.

Pantone’s Interactive Color Wheels

Pantone’s Interactive Color Wheels

Argentina artist Felipe Pantone is known for eye-catching artworks that play with shades of color. His Subtractive Variability series is especially fascinating with its layered gradient color discs that reveal different color schemes as they’re rotated. He’s made other variants which are similarly awesome to watch.

Silhouettes

Silhouettes

NYC design collective Breakfast shows off another one of their amazing kinetic artworks. As its clock-like hand rotates, it uses electromagnets to push and pull steel pins into place, displaying silhouetted images of those who have stood in front of its camera.

Different But the Same: City in the Forest

Different But the Same: City in the Forest

NY firm Breakfast has carved out a niche, building interactive displays that use electromechanical flipping discs to display images. Among their installations is this ultrawide variant with woodgrain and mirrored surfaces that reflect people’s silhouettes as they walk by, revealing similarities in human behavior.

Flux Light Show

Flux Light Show

French art collective Scale created this hypnotic mechanical light show that uses computer-controlled motors to rotate 48 individual light bars. The installation, designed for the Constellations festival at Cloître des Récollets is interactive, allowing the public to control the display’s movements, light, and sound.

Wall-Mounted Marble Coaster

Wall-Mounted Marble Coaster

JBV Creative designed this interactive marble coaster that can be wall-mounted. To build the maze, he created 3D models in Solidworks, then rendered the components on a 3D printer. Once it’s loaded up with marbles, it continuously recirculates with the turn of its crank. You can buy the STL files to make your own on JBL’s website.

HyperCube Infinity Lamp

HyperCube Infinity Lamp

This amazing and colorful accent light has a structure made up of full-color LED light strips, set into a cube of one-way mirrored acrylic panels. The result is the coolest infinity lamp we’ve ever seen. It works with a companion mobile app to adjust its lighting effects and has a sound-reactive mode. Comes in 10″ and 15″ sizes.

Shashibo Cubes

Shashibo Cubes

Artist Andreas Hönigschmid designed these wonderful interactive playthings which can each flex and fold into more than 70 different shapes thanks to their hidden magnets. The 3″ cubes come in six color schemes, and you can connect multiples to create more complex shapes.

MCP Cassette Player

MCP Cassette Player

Artist Love Hultén is a master at creating interactive electronic works inspired by retro technology. While the MCP Cassette Player isn’t as complex as say, his VOC-25 synthesizer, it’s still a fun piece. It’s basically a tape player that looks like a wind-up toy and lets its user control the tape’s playback speed with analog control.

Kitty vs. Sandbot

Kitty vs. Sandbot

Sand plotters are machines that moves a magnet and a ball bearing to draw geometric patterns in the sand. These machines usually move pretty slowly. On the other hand, Mark Rehorst’s large version draws very quickly, hypnotizing the cat who sits on the glass above it.

Magenta Lo-Fi Player

Magenta Lo-Fi Player

This interactive online plaything uses a recurrent neural network to produce loops of music that you can influence by moving around and clicking on objects in its scene. Once you’ve created a sound you like, you can share a link to your tune. Find out more details about the project here.

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ROW

ROW

Russian art collective TUNDRA teamed up with display company HOLO ONE to create this hypnotic artwork. It features a series of modular, scalable persistence of vision screens which display moving patterns that highlight and reflect the space in which they are installed. The piece made its debut in Shanghai, China in July 2020.

The Factory Concrete Marble Maze

The Factory Concrete Marble Maze

Material Immaterial Studio presents a unique piece of interactive tabletop art. Cast from concrete, the diminutive Factory features design elements of Brutalist industrial architecture and incorporates a rolling ball maze. Just roll the tiny steel bearings from its tower, and enjoy the show! Measures 8.07″ W x 4.33″ D x 6.29″ H.

The True Size of…

The True Size of…

When looking at a 2D map of the world, it’s really hard to understand how big countries really are. For instance, the U.S., Australia, and Europe are similarly sized. Developed by James Talmage and Damon Maneice, The True Size Of… lets you drag countries on top of each other to better visualize their relative sizes.

Lollipopter Fidget Toy

Lollipopter Fidget Toy

This playful interactive desktop artwork transforms between a pine cone shape and a helix structure depending on the direction you spin it. There’s also a wooden “executive version” because bosses don’t like colors, and like to spend twice as much money.

Magnetic Letterpress

Magnetic Letterpress

Designers Graham Plumb and Stephen Braitsch collaborated on this amazing mechanical display that uses a series of 180 magnets to write text in a pool of ferrofluid. They built 10 custom machines which are programmed to raise and lower magnets, creating the segmented letters in the oily fluid.

Slagwerk-101 Robot Drum Machine

Slagwerk-101 Robot Drum Machine

Designer and maker Love Hultén is best known for his retro-inspired video game and computer builds. But this one is quite different – an electromechanical drum machine that plays rhythms using a MIDI sequencer. Each of its components is modular, so it can be reconfigured to create unique audio sculptures.

CMYK Generative Portraits

CMYK Generative Portraits

Artist Samer Dabra programmed Evil Mad Scientist’s AxiDraw v3 plotter to take photographic images and reinterpret them as twisty, turny, abstract line art. By overlaying CMYK inks, the images have an appearance of being in full color. More images on Instagram.

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Neurotransmitter 3000

Neurotransmitter 3000

Artist and designer Daniel DeBruin created this interactive thrill ride, which gives its rider some control over their destiny by using biometric feedback to adjust the speed at which it flings them around. The 7-meter-tall ride uses sensors to measure heart rate, muscle tension, body temperature, as well as orientation and gravity.

Jacobs Wall

Jacobs Wall

Artist Parker Heyl created this ingeniously simple but visually stunning installation work. Inspired by Jacob’s Ladder toys, it mechanically flips dozens of them with wood on one side and mirrors on the other to reflect colorful, ever-changing imagery. More here.

Thread Screen

Thread Screen

Breakfast created this incredible work of kinetic art that uses spools of thread to display images. It has 6400 individual spools, each of which can rotate between 36 different colors to display a single pixel. The trick is that the spools actually are loaded with a long multi-color belt, rather than individual threads.

time++

time++

Created by Raven Kwok for Shanghai’s TODTOWN, time++ is a computer generative artwork which displays the passage of time in a unique way. Particles appear on its screens representing the current second, and then migrate into position to display the hours and minutes as giant digits. Can we please have this as a screensaver?

Svalbard Ice

Svalbard Ice

Brooklyn art studio BREAKFAST’s interactive artwork uses arctic temperature data to visualize climate change in real time, displaying above average temperatures in gold, and below average in blue. It also changes appearance when you approach to represent the impact climate change has on all of us.

Google Morphing Clay

Google Morphing Clay

FutureDeluxe shows off a cool project that was on display during the Google China Developer Days – an interactive display which allows people to create unique ceramic vessels simply by moving their bodies. Each virtual work of art changes shape as the person in front of the camera changes poses. More here.

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