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Category: Interactive

UBR-1 Hackable Robot: Brainwashable Buddy

UBR-1 Hackable Robot: Brainwashable Buddy

Move over Omnibot 2000. Unboundable Robotics is selling a “mobile manipulation platform” called UBR-1. Robotics enthusiasts can turn it into an exercise buddy, go for a stroll with it and most of all use it as…

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Oculus Rift Hoverboard Simulator: HoVRboard

Oculus Rift Hoverboard Simulator: HoVRboard

We have less than a year to go before Back to the Future II’s hoverboard prediction is debunked. But thanks to virtual reality, we might be able to simulate the feeling of riding a hoverboard. Game…

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DIY Plush USB Game Controller: Hug and Play

DIY Plush USB Game Controller: Hug and Play

We’ve seen all kinds of game controller plushies, but I think this is the first time I’ve seen one that can actually be used to play video games. Adafruit’s Becky Stern built the soft controller using…

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Ghostman Augmented Reality System Lets You Learn from a Teacher’s Perspective

Ghostman Augmented Reality System Lets You Learn from a Teacher’s Perspective

Watching a master at work is a great way to acquire motor skills. But it’s not that easy to keep an eye on someone else while looking at your own movements to see if you’re doing…

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Pringles Can Pipe Organ: Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop

Pringles Can Pipe Organ: Once You Pop, You Can’t Stop

The tower of Pringles cans you’re looking at here isn’t the remnants of a week-long gaming marathon (though it could be). Instead, it’s a fully-functional musical instrument – assuming that you like slightly off-key, strange sounding…

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“8-bit” Mazda Miata: Insert Coin to Drive

“8-bit” Mazda Miata: Insert Coin to Drive

Ah, the Mazda Miata. It’s the scourge of autocross and road racing tracks around the world. It has little power, epic handling, and is dirt cheap to repair, making these little convertible sports cars a mainstay…

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DIY PC Gaming Pedal: Floor General

DIY PC Gaming Pedal: Floor General

A few years ago Ben Heck made a breath-operated controller to substitute for the kick drum pedal of the Guitar Hero drum set, allowing a wheelchair-bound player to rock out. This time, the master modder made…

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PixelBots: Making Things With Light! (And Robots!)

PixelBots: Making Things With Light! (And Robots!)

When I was growing up, one of my favorite toys was the good old Lite Brite. I’m guessing that it was an indication that I would later find myself hopelessly addicted to pixel art. Now, technologists…

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2D Desktop Interface Embedded in Virtual Reality: VVNC

2D Desktop Interface Embedded in Virtual Reality: VVNC

Just because virtual reality displays let us interact with 3D interfaces doesn’t mean there isn’t room for the ol’ two-dimensional view inside of them. Oliver Kreylos, a developer who’s been working with 3D software for nearly…

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Tron Light Cycle VR Game: Enter the Grid

Tron Light Cycle VR Game: Enter the Grid

We can’t enter the digital world like the Flynns did just yet, but thanks to the Oculus Rift, you may be able to experience what it’s like to duke it out in a light cycle. Custom…

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Build and Train Endless Toy Robots with Tinkerbots

Build and Train Endless Toy Robots with Tinkerbots

TinkerBots (formerly known as Kinematics) let you make robots that are easy enough for a child to build. The pieces snap together easily, and you can make things much more complex than a robot dog too.…

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FretPen: It’s a Pen. No, It’s a Tiny Guitar!

FretPen: It’s a Pen. No, It’s a Tiny Guitar!

The FretPen is a pen that doubles as a miniature guitar. Even if you can’t do much with one string and teensy frets, at least you can write and play a neat little tune with it.…

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Imitone MIDI Controller Turns Voices Into MIDI Signals: Impressionist

Imitone MIDI Controller Turns Voices Into MIDI Signals: Impressionist

Digital audio software lets you emulate the sounds of instruments that you don’t own or know how to play in real life. But these programs don’t eliminate the learning curve. They’re still not intuitive. Imitone can…

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MetaWear Wearable Device Development Platform: Join the Revolution

MetaWear Wearable Device Development Platform: Join the Revolution

A lot of folks say that 2014 will be the year of wearables, as in wearable technology. We’ve had wearable devices such as watches and cameras for decades, but the past couple of years we’ve seen…

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Ever Wonder What the Zombies Actually Eat on the Walking Dead?

Ever Wonder What the Zombies Actually Eat on the Walking Dead?

I am a big fan of The Walking Dead and watch the show each week. I haven’t watched the finale for this season just yet, but I am itching to. The zombies are always munching on…

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Gravity Augmented Reality System Lets You Sketch in 3D: Airbrush

Gravity Augmented Reality System Lets You Sketch in 3D: Airbrush

3D modeling software is often used to visualize and develop concepts – anything from a piece of furniture to a video game. Those programs make it easy to transition from idea to prototype and to refine…

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