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MIT Can Put A Digital Interface On Any Object

MIT Can Put A Digital Interface On Any Object

Household items could be the new way to take control of computer systems.

Ross Brooks

MIT Media Lab have been busy developing a way to superimpose software functionality onto everyday objects – requiring only an iPad, simple processor and WiFi transceiver in the object you want to use as a physical control.

The software “maps” different functions onto the physical object you have chosen. Each area of the object can represent a different function and even movable parts can be used as controls thanks to motion tracking.


It’s a project that seems surprisingly easy – even the name “Smarter Objects” is straight forward – but when put into action probably has a lot more going on under the hood than most of us would want to think about.

Here’s a video of the interface in action:

MIT Media Lab


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