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August 05, 2008


shot of amphibian in use

Kevin Kelly pointed me to this clever hack by some students at the MIT Media Lab called Amphibian.

The idea is that since there are hundreds of common objects in your home or office, all with unique weights, the simple act of putting an object on a scale connected to a computer can act as a unique input (for instance dropping your pen on the scale could automatically launch your word processor). It's a simple yet versatile way to establish a huge number of links between the computing world and everyday objects in the real world.

The Amphibian folks have released their software for free (Windows only right now). USB-enabled scales are available for as little as $10.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at August 5, 2008 06:55 AM