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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.

There’s Waldo Robot

There’s Waldo Robot

The Where’s Waldo books have a simple premise – look for the bespectacled, striped sweatered, knit-capped Waldo among a sea of people. If you don’t have the patience to find Waldo yourself, Redpepper’s AI-powered robot arm will take care of it for you.

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Hype Cycle: Smart Matter

Hype Cycle: Smart Matter

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.

Tele-Present Wind

Tele-Present Wind

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.

Wall++

Wall++

While we’re not too sure of the practical uses for this technology from Disney Research, there’s no question that the idea that entire walls can become capacitive input devices for about $20 per square meter is really intriguing. What would you do with this tech?

Microsoft Project Zanzibar

Microsoft Project Zanzibar

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.

HoloPlayer One Development Edition

HoloPlayer One Development Edition

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.

Lampix Tabletop AR System

Lampix Tabletop AR System

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.

Tape Generations

Tape Generations

A few years back, artist Johan Rijpma created this time-lapse video in which carefully arranged rolls of clear tape gradually gave in to the forces of gravity. The sounds made as each roll breaks free are wonderfully satisfying.

Intelligent Actuator Table

Intelligent Actuator Table

A neat demonstration designed to show off the precision and programmability of Intelligent Actuator’s technology, in which a grid comprised of dozens of mechanical actuators move up and down to guide four soccer balls along their appropriate paths.

Loop Marble Run

Loop Marble Run

Fashion brand COS teamed up with the awesomely-named Snarkitecture to build an epic marble track in Seoul, Korea, consisting of over 1300 feet of suspended track, on which white glass marbles roll. The ride culminates with each marble ending up in a massive pile.

BIRD Gesture Controller

BIRD Gesture Controller

The BIRD is a fingertip wearable device which can send motion control data to a Windows PC. It allows users to manipulate objects on screen by simply moving their finger and making gestures in mid-air, and is ideally suited for interacting with projected images.

Major Lazer: Know No Better

Major Lazer: Know No Better

Director Philip Andelman and Eko’s interactive music video for Know No Better provides dueling perspectives on the life of a young man. With a click of the mouse or trackpad, you can bounce between his real life and his imagined one on demand.

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Mixed Reality Room

Mixed Reality Room

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.

DIY Interactive LED Coffee Table

DIY Interactive LED Coffee Table

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.

Musical Improv Robot

Musical Improv Robot

Engineers from the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology developed a robotic marimba player who “listens” to live music then provides improvised accompaniment via artificial intelligence algorithms. Listen to more smooth robojams here and here.

REMAP Audio Plotter

REMAP Audio Plotter

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.

Forest of Resonating Lamps

Forest of Resonating Lamps

teamLab’s interactive installation features a roomful of Murano glass pendant lamps, each of which can detect when a person stands near it, and triggers a gradual spread of color to the lamps around it. This looks so relaxing.

Playtable

Playtable

A 23.6″ full HD Android computer designed specifically for playing board games. It works with finger touches, game pieces and cards, and can store digital versions of physical board games. A $99 reservation gets you an early bird system for $250 off the MSRP.

ChainFORM

ChainFORM

Engineers from MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group developed a unique tangible interface – a modular system which can change shape and color, and detect inputs anywhere along its surfaces. If we ever need a robotic pet snake or caterpillar, we know who we’re calling.

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LUMES Lighted Wall Panels

LUMES Lighted Wall Panels

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.

Cloud Collision

Cloud Collision

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.

Record Player Greeting Card

Record Player Greeting Card

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.

Lexus LIT IS

Lexus LIT IS

Lexus and Vevo collaborated to build this awesome version of its IS sports sedan, wrapped in 41,999 colorful LEDs. It can display images and animations, and can respond to gestures or music. It appears in the music video for Be the One from UK musician Dua Lipa.

Lollipopter

Lollipopter

An neat interactive desktop artwork which transforms between a pine cone and a helix structure depending on the direction you spin. There’s also a wooden “executive version” because executives don’t like colors, and like to spend more money.

Interactive Dynamic Video

Interactive Dynamic Video

MIT scientists have developed an amazing technology which allows users to interact with seemingly static objects in videos. Their algorithm looks for vibrations in footage to identify physical properties of the object, then manipulates a simulated version in real time.

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