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Interactive Mirrors by Daniel Rozin

Interactive Mirrors by Daniel Rozin

We’ve seen various works by artist Daniel Rozin over the years, but this interview with WIRED is the first time we’ve heard from the artist himself, and not just what inspires him to make his mechanical “mirrors,” but the painstaking effort and technology that drives his works.

Koka’s Beat Machines

Koka’s Beat Machines

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.

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WickedLasers LaserCube

WickedLasers LaserCube

Delta Hack takes a look at droolworthy gadget for laser geeks. The 4″, 3.1 lb cube has bright red, green, and blue lasers, and a computer-controlled mirror which can be used to display animations. Its beam can also be focused to engrave images or ignite things. Available now from Wicked Lasers. Read our full review on Technabob.

Robotics.ovh

Robotics.ovh

Looking to kill a few minutes of your day? This highly addictive interactive online plaything lets you take control of a roomful of loosely-jointed, stretchy-limbed dancing robots. You can play with Gerard Ferrandez’ underlying code here. Let’s Rock!

Ferrofluid Magnetic Display

Ferrofluid Magnetic Display

Bob Products makes these large-scale professional displays which use electromagnets to play with the strange and unusual properties of ferrofluid. The systems can be programmed to manipulate the magnets and fluid while displaying lighting and sound effects.

Ghostkubes

Ghostkubes

After wowing us with his amazing folding structures a few years back, designer Erik Åberg decided to put them into production. The Ghostkubes comes with reconfigurable plastic cubes which can move and collapse to create mindbending interactive 3D sculptures.

Domino Lamp

Domino Lamp

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.

DIY LED Trampoline

DIY LED Trampoline

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.

The Hybridizer

The Hybridizer

Create your own birddragon, liger, or other insane combo animal with this silly interactive timewaster, which not only lets you make crazy hybrids, but preserve them as an animated gif or video file for posterity.

Emergence: Preview

Emergence: Preview

A look at Universal Everything’s latest interactive visual experiment, in which you control a character standing in the midst of thousands, each of whom reacts to your movements while you remain an individual. We’re dying to try a real-time version of this.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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