Maybe we’re still secretly lusting after that awesome Jabba the Hut Barge lego set that was on our holiday wish list year after year. Whatever the motivation, we think Siftables are cool.
David Merrill’s talk from the most recent TED conference caught our attention. Merrill, an MIT grad student, says that his passion is “making new human-computer interactions that better map to the way our brains work.” We think that rocks. Tactile computing could change our daily lives – and education – in big and small ways.
How would you use siftables to learn or teach?
- chemistry experiments without the chemicals?
- legos that visually display principles of physics and architecture?
Add your ideas in the comments below. Or, tweet @helloshmoop
Watch David Merrill’s TED Talk (7 min)
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