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MIT Labs - inFORM

Another interesting piece from the Tangible Media Group at MIT. inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.

Strongbow - StartCap

I like the idea behind this; using the trigger of a bottle open to prompt experiences that can make your night. Bottles of Strongbow have been augmented with RFID tags to trigger events when the seal is broken. The dev blog is a nice example of the prototyping process, and you can track their progress as they try to make it a reality. 

More info and pics here.

Introducing Stanley from DIGITAL KITCHEN on Vimeo.

Stanley - The Interactive Piano

Cool project from Digital Kitchen turns an old playing piano into an automated robot piano that takes requests via Twitter.

User’s tweet @StanleyPiano and a custom moderation tool scrapes and filters requests that Stanley will know, and adds them to the play queue. Automated @replies are sent when a song is ready to be played, then a pre-made midi version of the song is loaded into Stanley. A USB midi interface then sends note data to Stanley’s hardware controller, with each note activating an electric solenoid valve that in turn plays one of the physical keys.

Stanley was designed to appear at the Capital Hill Blockparty in Seattle, and can play songs by all artists at the festival.