Interactive Objects

Trotify Makes Your Bike Sound Like a Galloping Horse

Trotify Makes Your Bike Sound Like a Galloping Horse

The makers of Trotify ask, "Why the long face? Do you have the need for steed?" Now, you can turn your humble pony into a galloping stallion with Trotify, a simple wooden device that fits on your front

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Super-Efficient iLumi LED Bulb Lasts for 20 Years and Can Be Controlled With a Smartphone

Super-Efficient iLumi LED Bulb Lasts for 20 Years and Can Be Controlled With a Smartphone

The new iLumi, unveiled this week on Indiegogo, is an energy-efficient LED bulb that lasts for 20 years and can be controlled by any smartphone. The bulb features iLumi's HyperLux technology, which allows

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Thought-Controlled MindRider Bike Helmet Turns Brain Waves Into Traffic Signals

Thought-Controlled MindRider Bike Helmet Turns Brain Waves Into Traffic Signals

Motorists and cyclists may not always understand one another, but with the help of the MindRider, they'll at least have one more avenue of communication. Developed by MIT student Arlene Ducao, the

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Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Like the opening scene from a science fiction movie, a figure walks into a dimly lit 17th-century church only to discover a giant, 7-foot-tall shining silver dome. As they reach to touch the futuristic

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The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or, if you are really clever, make a clock. The Citrus Clock by the international design studio Anna Gram harnesses the power of the tart fruits to power a

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The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

Welcome to the 21st century where the phones are smart, the computers are tiny, and the limbs are bionic. RSL Steeper's new bebionic3 hand is the newest incarnation of the company's prosthetic. Capable

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Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

The light bulb has come a long way since Edison introduced the carbon filament back in 1879. Even within the last couple of years, we have seen improvements in the modern LED light, including the

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Datagrove is a Vibrant LED Art Installation that Spouts Twitter Feeds

Datagrove is a Vibrant LED Art Installation that Spouts Twitter Feeds

The installation was commissioned for the ZERO1 “Seeking Silicon Valley’ Biennial in San Jose, California, and will be on view until December 8, 2012. Located in the courtyard of San Jose’s

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The Sgabellissimo is a Two-Legged Stool and Ladder Rolled Into One Precarious Piece of Furniture

The Sgabellissimo is a Two-Legged Stool and Ladder Rolled Into One Precarious Piece of Furniture

The Italians like to keep the design world on the edge of their seats—literally. The Sgabellissimo from Modoloco Design is a two-legged stool that becomes a small ladder when turned upside down.

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Boston’s Glowing ENfold Pavilion is a Made from Reusable Garden Bed Liner Fabric

Boston’s Glowing ENfold Pavilion is a Made from Reusable Garden Bed Liner Fabric

The Pavilion is supported by large maple and oak trees, and it provides an imaginative frame for various musical and art performances (including a Brazilian drumming band, a tai chi exhibition, etc.). Not

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rAndom International Unveils Brilliant Kinetic Artworks During Paris Design Week

rAndom International Unveils Brilliant Kinetic Artworks During Paris Design Week

rAndom International's latest piece, "Future Self" (2012), is made from thousands of hanging LEDs. 3D cameras react to visitors' movements to create a light sculpture that reveals our own identities

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Electri-City: Benjamin Yates Creates Miniature Sci-Fi Worlds From Recycled E-Waste

Electri-City: Benjamin Yates Creates Miniature Sci-Fi Worlds From Recycled E-Waste

The electronic components of Benjamin Yates' Electri-City Coffee Tables are contained inside sturdy acrylic and glass enclosures. Yates tries to utilize as much waste as possible: the screws from

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The Futuristic LIFX LED Bulb Changes Color Via Wi-Fi and Lasts for 25 Years

The Futuristic LIFX LED Bulb Changes Color Via Wi-Fi and Lasts for 25 Years

Who says that energy-saving LED light bulbs need to be boring? The LIFX light bulb is energy-efficient, has a 25 year life span, and changes colors via smart phone application. The bulb is currently

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“Hammer Synthesizer” is a Complete Miniature Sound System Built Inside a Birch Log

“Hammer Synthesizer” is a Complete Miniature Sound System Built Inside a Birch Log

This may be one of the strangest instruments we have ever seen, second only to the Theremin, or possibly the Bubble Organ. "Inventor of useless things" Niklas Roy has constructed a multi-channel, 1-bit

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Fully-Functional Go Kart Built Entirely From LEGO Bricks!

Fully-Functional Go Kart Built Entirely From LEGO Bricks!

Remember how long it took you to build a house or car with LEGO bricks? In a matter of minutes you could slap together four walls and a roof, or four tires and a steering wheel, and your LEGO person would

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Patrick Jouin’s 3D-Printed Bloom Table Lamp Opens Like a Flower

Patrick Jouin’s 3D-Printed Bloom Table Lamp Opens Like a Flower

Patrick Jouin's Bloom Table Lamp is inspired by MGX’s One_Shot.MGX stool and the way plants respond to their environment. The digital technology behind the lamp design involves rapid prototyping and 3D

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Glowing Nixie Chess Board Made from Salvaged Nixie Tubes by Lasermad

Glowing Nixie Chess Board Made from Salvaged Nixie Tubes by Lasermad

Lasermad has executed a brilliant move with his glowing chess set made from recycled vintage Russian Nixie tubes. Each piece is illuminated without any visible wires, and emits a warm light when at rest

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Disney Develops Plant-Controlled Touch Software That Makes Music

Disney Develops Plant-Controlled Touch Software That Makes Music

Singing flowers used to live only in the fanciful realm of cartoons, but like something out of Alice in Wonderland, Disney Research presents "Botanicus Interacticus", an interactive music game that uses a

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Merve Kahraman’s Revitalizer Wax Lamp Melts and Re-creates Itself Over Time

Merve Kahraman’s Revitalizer Wax Lamp Melts and Re-creates Itself Over Time

The Revitalizer Wax Lamp is not your typical light fixture. Created by London-based designer Merve Kahraman, the lamp features a wax shade that goes through a cycle of melting and reshaping. The lamp

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BLOOM Encourages Crowds to Come Together and Make Intricate Art In Public Spaces

BLOOM Encourages Crowds to Come Together and Make Intricate Art In Public Spaces

When is a toy more than a toy? When it helps bring a community together through the joyful process of making low-impact art that beautifies a public space, of course. BLOOM, an urban toy made from

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Otto Ng’s Robotic Wallbot Walls Automatically Move to Adapt to Your Lifestyle

Otto Ng’s Robotic Wallbot Walls Automatically Move to Adapt to Your Lifestyle

Wallbot mobile walls can communicate among themselves. By applying scientific research in collective intelligence to architectural design, artist and architect Otto Ng has created a kinetic wall system

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The Aura Living Plant Lamp Changes Colors When you Touch its Leaves!

The Aura Living Plant Lamp Changes Colors When you Touch its Leaves!

Germany-based designer Viktor Alexander Kolbig has created the Aura - a living lamp that can be controlled by lightly touching its petals and leaves! Combining nature and technology, the system uses a

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Gergo Kassai’s Ultra-Thin OLED Motion Lamp Bends To Your Will

Gergo Kassai’s Ultra-Thin OLED Motion Lamp Bends To Your Will

Designed by Gergő Kassai, the Motion Lamp is a low-energy, lightweight OLED lamp that can be customized to suit your needs at any given moment. Thanks to its flexible light source, it can be twisted and

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Shigeki Yamamoto’s Playful Wooden Spiellampe Light Was Inspired by Building Blocks

Shigeki Yamamoto’s Playful Wooden Spiellampe Light Was Inspired by Building Blocks

Berlin-based Osaka-born designer Shigeki Yamamoto has created a small maple light called the Spiellampe (Lamp game) that brings back the joy of playing with building blocks as a child. The highly

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10 Mobile Apps That Will Make Your Commute Fly By

10 Mobile Apps That Will Make Your Commute Fly By

We tend to think of the daily commute as time wasted. According to the US Census, more than 32 percent of Americans have a daily commute that takes longer than 30 minutes (2009), and that time can

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A Group of Delft Tech Students Get Crafty and Build an Interactive Modular Pavilion from Wood

A Group of Delft Tech Students Get Crafty and Build an Interactive Modular Pavilion from Wood

A group of inspired students at the Technical University in Delft recently designed an interactive modular installation made completely out of wood. Dubbed modii, the small pavilion was designed as

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PHOTOS: NYU’s ITP Thesis Show Highlights 3D-Printing Technology and Crowd-sourcing

PHOTOS: NYU’s ITP Thesis Show Highlights 3D-Printing Technology and Crowd-sourcing

Burritob0t by Marko Manriquez The Burritob0t 3D prints an edible extrusion of configurable Mexican food. The machine employs a hybrid of digital fabrication and molecular gastronomy -- or in other words,

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Mike Daisey’s Lies Lead NPR to Retract Story About Apple Factory Abuse

Mike Daisey’s Lies Lead NPR to Retract Story About Apple Factory Abuse

On Friday This American Life, a popular public radio show, retracted a story on Apple factory abuse in China that turned out to be full of fabrications. In January, the show, hosted by Ira Glass,

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Student Max Shepherd Creates an Incredible Prosthetic Arm from LEGOs

Student Max Shepherd Creates an Incredible Prosthetic Arm from LEGOs

This remarkably dexterous prosthetic arm goes far beyond the accomplishments of many an advanced level LEGO Technics buff. The LEGO constructed limb uses LEGO motors, pneumatics and the classic blocks, to

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Seung-Yong Song’s Multi-Tasking Chair Lets You Hide, Store and Even Dry Your Clothes While You Sit

Seung-Yong Song’s Multi-Tasking Chair Lets You Hide, Store and Even Dry Your Clothes While You Sit

Even though a chair's main purpose is to provide a platform for sitting, we all use them in an array of different ways. Designed for hiding, climbing, storing and even drying clothes, Seung-Yong Song's

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