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Category: Interactive

The Eyecam: A Webcam That Looks Like a Moving, Blinking Human Eyeball

The Eyecam: A Webcam That Looks Like a Moving, Blinking Human Eyeball
Because it was inevitable we reach the pinnacle of human achievement at some point, researcher Marc Teyssier has developed the Eyecam, a webcam that resembles a moving, blinking human eyeball. One thing’s for certain: it’s going to be nearly impossible to look away from the camera during Zoom meetings now.

Anti-Stress Push Pop Pads: Like Bubble Wrap, Without the Pop

Anti-Stress Push Pop Pads: Like Bubble Wrap, Without the Pop
Stressed out? I think we all are these days. You need an outlet for that stress, or it will eat you up like the shark in Jaws. Enter these anti-stress Push Pop Pads, a stress-reliever and fidget toy for people like me who recognize they’re entirely too uncoordinated to operate a fidget spinner.

The Finger Dance Machine: Like Dance Dance Revolution for Your Fingers

The Finger Dance Machine: Like Dance Dance Revolution for Your Fingers
Fingers: after a long day of typing they just want to let loose. And what better way to let your digits go wild for a bit than with some rhythm-based finger dancing with this $43 Finger Dance Machine available from Firebox?

Galactic Snackin’ Grogu Is Sure to Be 2021’s Must-Have Toy

Galactic Snackin’ Grogu Is Sure to Be 2021’s Must-Have Toy
Because Star Wars merchandise makes money hand over Mandalorian fist, Hasbro is releasing an $80 Galactic Snackin’ Grogu (affiliate link) this year in time for Christmas. The 9-inch interactive toy has over 40 sound and movement combinations and responds differently to the four interactive accessories included (bowl with tentacles, cookie, shifter knob, and spoon).

Creepy Baby Doll Theremins and Synthesizers: Rock-a-Bye Baby

Creepy Baby Doll Theremins and Synthesizers: Rock-a-Bye Baby
You know what your band needs? Sure, probably a practice space, a bass player, and a cool name, but who really needs those things if you don’t already have a BabyBot baby doll light theremin or electronic synthesizer?

RadioGlobe: Spin This Globe to Listen to 2,000+ World Radio Stations

RadioGlobe: Spin This Globe to Listen to 2,000+ World Radio Stations
The brainchild of product design engineer and traveler Jude Pullen, The RadioGlobe is an internet-connected globe that plays a radio station from the area highlighted on the surface through its circular reticule. Just give the globe a spin to listen to the world.

The Moflin is a Tribble-like AI Pet with Emotional Capabilities

The Moflin is a Tribble-like AI Pet with Emotional Capabilities
What you’re looking at is an artificial intelligence-driven furry electronic pet that can express its own emotions via movement and sound. The Moflin’s AI allows its emotions to constantly change based on its environment – much like a real pet’s, except you’ll save a small fortune on pet food.

This Weird (Mewsical?) Instrument Has Fur and Meows and Growls Like a Cat

This Weird (Mewsical?) Instrument Has Fur and Meows and Growls Like a Cat
Up until now, I thought the weirdest musical instrument was either the theramin or the otamatone. But I was wrong. This. This is the weirdest musical instrument ever. This curious looking pile of grey fur isn’t a cat that’s been flattened by a steamroller.

These Spray-on Touchscreens Work on 3D Surfaces

These Spray-on Touchscreens Work on 3D Surfaces
From our smartphones to our laptops to our cars to our kitchen appliances, touchscreens have turned up just about everywhere. But touchscreens are generally limited to flat, squared-off surfaces. Now, a team of engineers at the UK’s University of Bristol are demonstrating a technology that could enable touch-based interfaces on all kinds of surfaces.

You Could Empty This Cardboard Vending Machine with a Box Cutter

You Could Empty This Cardboard Vending Machine with a Box Cutter
When it comes to unusual vending machines, Japan is the place that always comes to mind first. After all, this is the country that gave us machines that vend bananas and fried chicken. But this particular vending machine isn’t notable for what it vends, but what it’s made out of.

TOYOTA Boshoku MX191 Concept Lets You Rearrange Its Interior

TOYOTA Boshoku MX191 Concept Lets You Rearrange Its Interior
I recently attended the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and among the numerous displays of production and concept cars, I came across the booth for the Toyota Boshoku Corporation, who makes seating, interior, and exterior components for vehicles.

Trill Gives Makers Easy Touch Sensing

Trill Gives Makers Easy Touch Sensing
Makers, here’s a new set of gizmos for your bag of tricks. Created by open-source interactive sensor company Bela, the Trill series is a line of sensors which make it easy to add capacitive touch interactions to any DIY electronic project.

Star Trek Interactive Tribbles Spell Serious Trouble

Star Trek Interactive Tribbles Spell Serious Trouble
You know what the trouble is with all the tribble collectible toys out there? They’re not interactive. Well, that’s about to change, thanks to the guys from Science Division, who are showing off a cuddly Star Trek tribble that works in concert with a smartphone app to perform some basic duties aboard your personal starship.

Wicked Lasers LaserCube: An Eyes-on Review

Wicked Lasers LaserCube: An Eyes-on Review
I’ll start out by saying that the Wicked Lasers LaserCube is one of the coolest gadgets I’ve tinkered with in a while. This compact metal box is capable of putting on full color laser light shows in concert with an easy-to-use Windows, Mac, or Android app, and offers capabilities unlike anything I’ve seen in its price class.

LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander Kit Coming This Fall

LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander Kit Coming This Fall
Back in 2017, LEGO introduced BOOST, a cool way to help kids learn to code. Now the company has announced the latest product in the lineup. The LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander kit will include R2-D2 and two other programmable droids.

UBTECH Iron Man MK50 Robot: Another of Tony Stark’s Toys

UBTECH Iron Man MK50 Robot: Another of Tony Stark’s Toys
This interactive toy for lets Iron Man fans live out their Marvel fantasies in a connected way. The UBTECH Iron Man MK50 is an officially-licensed robotic toy that can be programmed to follow your commands via a mobile app.

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