Siftables: artificially intelligent toys

In this excellent short TED talk, an MIT grad student named David Merrill demonstrates the capabilities of Siftables, biscuit-size toy blocks that interact with each other using complex sensors. Siftables can be used to solve math problems, generate electronic music, create art, and tell stories:

The technology used in Siftables is interesting on its own terms, but it’s also fascinating for how it hints at the more complex — and adult-oriented — technologies that will emerge in the coming decades.

More info about David Merrill and Siftables can be found on the TED site.

[via Design Reviver.]