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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.

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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.

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.

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.

DuoSkin Smart Tattoos

DuoSkin Smart Tattoos

Engineers from MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research have developed a method to produce temporary tattoos using thin layers of gold leaf to transform the wearer’s skin into touch-based input devices for controlling devices, a color-changing display, or as an NFC tag.

Mogees Play

Mogees Play

A simplified version of Mogees Pro for a wider audience and educational use. Mogees Play works with three musical apps that help you turn everyday objects into instruments while learning about musical concepts.

Anki Cozmo Robot

Anki Cozmo Robot

A tiny robot designed to kill you with cuteness, from the guys behind Anki Overdrive. Cozmo uses AI and computer vision to learn to recognize people, interact with its environment, and emote. Plus, its movements were designed by former Pixar animators. Your move, BB-8.

Google Project Bloks

Google Project Bloks

Google’s Project Bloks uses simple, modular blocks to help teach kids the principles of programming – letting them create logic using tangible controls, rather than having to write code. As an open hardware platform, developers can create their own variants.

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Dato Duo Synthesizer

Dato Duo Synthesizer

Toon Welling and David Menting designed this plaything which encourages face-to-face interaction, with one person controlling an analog synthesizer, and the other controlling a sequencer on the other side. Its simple enough for kids, but awesome enough for all ages.

Genèse

Genèse

Performance artists U-Machine created this work in which a pole dancer interacts with the geometric images projected on the screen behind her. The result is a live performance that could pass as the opening credit sequence for the next James Bond movie (if it had guns.)

Rock Age Sorting Machine

Rock Age Sorting Machine

Artists Prokop Bartoníček & Benjamin Maus created Jller, a fascinating machine that is capable of automatically identifying the geologic age of individual stones, then sorting and organizing them according to their era. Its slow and methodical approach is hypnotic.

Materiable Tactile Display

Materiable Tactile Display

Engineers from the MIT Tangible Media Lab have improved upon their earlier tactile display system, adding the ability to control the perceived amounts of flexibility, elasticity, and viscosity. The result is a display that can feel like a variety of materials, from rubber to water.

Barco Interactive Surface

Barco Interactive Surface

Display technology company Barco demonstrates its a rear-projection video wall, which uses lasers and custom sensors to allow it to detect an unlimited number of touchpoints, and lets users view and interact with content in an expansive virtual desktop.

Everbright

Everbright

Hero Design has created what could best be described as the world’s largest (and best) Lite-Brite. The wall-mounted grid is loaded with RGB LED dots which can be set to any color by simply turning them. Shut up and take our money.

What Do Machines Sing of?

What Do Machines Sing of?

Creative technologist, artist and hacker Martin Backes created this computerized installation which endlessly sings hit ballads from the ’90s, vocalizing the songs with a sort of robo-speak which expresses a tremendous sense of emotion.

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Steel Ball Sand Art

Steel Ball Sand Art

In his Sisyphus series, artist Bruce Shapiro creates hypnotic, non-permanent works of art using computer-controlled contraptions which make intricate patterns by rolling a magnetic ball through a tabletop covered with sand.

Namie Amuro: Golden Touch

Namie Amuro: Golden Touch

The music video for J-pop act Namie Amuro asks you to participate with just one simple act – placing your finger in the middle of the screen. The only downside is that you’ll end up with a big greasy fingerprint there by the time it’s over.

Kinetic Chandelier

Kinetic Chandelier

This massive chandelier in Russia’s Leningrad Center uses a grid of 1,089 moving wires, each of which has a multicolored LED orb at its tip. Its computer control system lets it create wireframe objects that look like they’re floating in space.

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic Sand

Designed by Adrien M & Claire B, Kinetic Sand is an interactive installation which displays moving wisps of virtual sand which react to objects placed on its tabletop surface. If you’re in Paris, you can check it out starting June 2015.

DJ Controller Album Sleeve

DJ Controller Album Sleeve

DJ Qbert teamed up with UK firm Novalia to create this awesome album, which incorporates an interactive set of turntables with printed electronics which work as MIDI triggers for an iOS app when touched. (Thanks Richard!)

Cymatics

Cymatics

New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford’s electronic track is made complete through a series of visual experiments which demonstrate the interaction between sound and matter – augmenting his music with fire, sand, fluids, and electricity.

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