Ted Talks: Stifables


A Wire to the Ear friend Josh from Brooklyn gave me the heads up on an interesting video from the always amazing Ted conference:

“Hi Oliver. I saw this interesting video on the TED Talks site. Towards the end of it this guy talks about the musical applications of these intelligent blocks. Pretty rudimentary right now but could be very intersting as controllers or a host of other things in the future.” – Josh

“MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables — cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?” – Ted.com

The Siftables in the Ted video are somewhat similar to Percussa AudioCubes albeit with some advance AI. I can see musicians of the future sitting on their full touch screen studio floors playing with blocks.

Are you going to paint your studio pink or blue?

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 13, 2009 at 11:23 am, filed under hardware and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.


2 Responses to “Ted Talks: Stifables”

  1. saw says:

    wow. the stuff they are making for kids is great. the learning games the creative applications and all the ways they can poke a kids’ imagination are just amazing.

  2. ortho says:

    not to bag the whole idea, but I just don’t see gesture or ‘accelerometer’ based controllers as being very controllable or precise.

    Plus it’s hard to look cool using them. Not that turning knobs ‘looks’ cool, per se, but that it, at least, ‘feels’ cool to turn a knob.

    But hey, it’s all good for the kids.

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