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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Spira Wireless Charger and Clock

Spira Wireless Charger and Clock

This concept by ÉCAL design student Alice Robbiani, is comprised of a magnetic smartphone charging case with a wall-mounted charging base. What makes it truly special is the interactivity, offering charging feedback and a clock display.

TRANSFORM

TRANSFORM

Created Hiroshi Ishii, Daniel Leithinger, Sean Follmer, Amit Zoran, and Philipp Schoessler from MIT’s Tangible Media Group, TRANSFORM is an interactive display of moving pixels which can dynamically rearrange themselves. More here.

Pizza Hut Touchscreen Menu

Pizza Hut Touchscreen Menu

While it’s not going to replace your Pizza Hut server quite yet, we’re really digging the UI that Chaotic Moon Studios developed for this interactive table which lets you drag items onto your pizza and pay with your smartphone.

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Submerged Turntable

Submerged Turntable

Artist Evan Holm’s performance installation not only looks beautiful, it proves that a turntable can still work while submerged in water – though it does distort the sound a little bit. The vortex formed as the record plays is really amazing.

Like a Rolling Stone Video

Like a Rolling Stone Video

Almost 50 years after the release of Bob Dylan’s first electric single, Like A Rolling Stone finally has a music video and an interactive one at that. Flick through the different ‘stations’ for a different experience every time you watch.

Beck: Hello, Again

Beck: Hello, Again

It takes a while to load, but it’s worth it. This 360-degree interactive version of David Bowie’s Sound and Vision was created by artist Chris Milk and performed by Beck. You’ll need headphones and a webcam for the full experience.

AquaTop Display

AquaTop Display

Using a Kinect and projector, Mato Mato developed a display that you interact with using a liquid surface as the interface. It has desktop applications but it’s the game ideas shown off at the end that really captured our attention.

Just a Reflektor

Just a Reflektor

An amazing interactive music video for Arcade Fire’s latest single, directed by Vincent Morisset. Uses Google Chrome and your webcam to turn your smartphone into a virtual mirror that controls portions of the video. More info here.

OMG Jellyfish

OMG Jellyfish

One of the more unusual Kickstarter projects out there, OMG Jellyfish aims to make 5-foot-tall bouncy, illuminated puppets inspired by the awe-inspiring sea creaturs, but made from lycra and nylon with LED lighting inside.

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