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Category: Interactive

Motix Motion Sensor for Mouse and Touch Input: Minority Minority Report

Motix Motion Sensor for Mouse and Touch Input: Minority Minority Report
Last week we saw Microsoft Research’s gesture-sensing keyboard prototype that removes the need for a mouse or touchpad. A new keyboard peripheral called Motix achieves the same effect as Microsoft’s keyboard. Its basic function lets you…
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DIY Animatronic Iron Man Suit: Arduino Reactor

DIY Animatronic Iron Man Suit: Arduino Reactor
This Iron Man suit replica was made by two Tony Starks. Greg Hatter built the suit itself, then he asked his friend Jerome Kelty to make some of its parts move. In his very detailed Instructables…
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Metal Slug Defense Reminds Us of the Gaming Days of Yore

Metal Slug Defense Reminds Us of the Gaming Days of Yore
Back in the day every time I went to the mall, I ended up standing in the game store playing the Neo Geo and scheming of ways to get the huge money that system cost. Sadly,…
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Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Edition Coming this Fall

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Edition Coming this Fall
The Disney Infinity game was the way that Disney Interactive tried to compete with Activision and its popular Skylanders franchise. Disney Infinity took some of the more popular Disney characters and put them into video games…
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Oculus Rift Used to Simulate Lag in Real Life: Live Replay

Oculus Rift Used to Simulate Lag in Real Life: Live Replay
A couple of years ago we featured the Decelerator, a helmet that allowed its wearer to see in slow motion. To (erroneously) promote its fiber optic Internet service, Swedish company UmeNet used an Oculus Rift to…
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GKILO Automatic Kitchen Scale Weighs Items and Helps You Cook Them

GKILO Automatic Kitchen Scale Weighs Items and Helps You Cook Them
I do all the cooking at my house because my wife can’t cook. My son used to cry if she cooked breakfast because she once set the bacon on fire. You only get to burn bacon…
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Raspberry Pi-Based Braille Learning Device: Project Mudra

Raspberry Pi-Based Braille Learning Device: Project Mudra
Two 20-year old students of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Goa, India are working on a device that aids in learning Braille. Sanskriti Dawle and Aman Srivastav’s Project Mudra – mudra means “sign”…
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Skylanders Trap Team Catches Digital Bad Guys and Sends them into the Real World

Skylanders Trap Team Catches Digital Bad Guys and Sends them into the Real World
The cool thing about the Skylanders franchise is that kids can buy action figures and then take those real action figures into the digital game world to play with. The game has spawned many copycats, and…
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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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