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Transform Any Everyday Object Into A Virtual Musical Instrument. Design EMail share share Doc PDF | PPTX Doc like Available to Premium & Purple Members The AR Music Kit lets you create a DIY experience with just paper and your phone's camera Yuri Suzuki is the creative director and founder of London-based YS Lab, a creative consultancy specializing in interaction design and bespoke musical instruments.

Together with the Data Arts Team from Google, Suzuki has developed an Android app that enables the user to turn anything into a musical instrument. All they need is a camera phone and a few pieces of paper. The AR Music Kit allows anyone with a smartphone to access a creative platform to make music in an unexpected and unusual way, creating their own unique DIY musical experiences. The app has different functions for playing the guitar, piano or a music box, and walks you through each one with easy step-by-step visual guides. With the piano function, you simply place the markers on a flat surface and cover them with your hands to play the notes.

Gulülu turns drinking water into a game for kids. Through the power of smart sensors and the magic of the cloud, children being parched is on its way to becoming a thing of the past — at least, if the Gulülu team has anything to say in the matter. The company’s bottle, launching on Kickstarter today, is the newest, most high-tech weapon in the battle to get kids to imbibe enough liquids throughout the day. The Gulülu pets that live in the water bottles. Cute, no? The idea is to turn the act of drinking water into an integrated game. The water bottle has a small screen built in, and additional sensors mean that shaking two bottles in close proximity to each other make the pets “friends,” enabling them to interact. The bottles have rechargeable batteries and a wireless charging dock to keep the battery topped up. The company claims the Gulülu will stay juiced for four days before another recharge is required. Shaking two bottles next to each other makes the pets “friends,” enabling them to interact with each other.

Osmo's blocks are like Lego for coding. It's simply called Osmo Coding, and it builds on top of the Reflective AI platform the company launched a couple years ago. You essentially fit a mirror over the front-facing camera of an iPad, and through some clever software and visual-recognition tech, it's able to translate any physical objects in front of the iPad to a digital environment. Previous Osmo titles include Words, which uses letter pieces, and Tangram, which uses geometric objects. Osmo Coding functions in much the same way, except that you use physical blocks to direct the actions of a character in a game.

The character is called Awbie, and it loves strawberries. Indeed, the objective is to make it eat them while maneuvering through obstacles like trees, bushes and lakes. Each of the aforementioned blocks represents a certain command like going up or down or an action like "jump" or "grab. " Of course, it only makes sense when you pair the blocks with the game. Fisher Price's vision of the future is full of holograms and amazing technology. Families of the future are in for a tech-immersive child-rearing experience if Fisher-Price’s vision of the future is any indication. The toy company recently teamed up with Continuum, a global innovation design consultancy based in Boston, to create a short video called “The Future of Parenting.” The video -- which debuted earlier this month at South by Southwest (SXSW) -- sought to imagine all the ways technology will help next generation of families raise and care for children.

While some of the hologram-filled video is a bit idealistic and “may never happen,” Fisher Price believes many of the possibilities illustrated may not be too far off. In the video, a 3D printing device is shown helping a child’s depiction of an owl come to life in the form of a new toy. A digital-age version of Fisher Price’s classic “Rock-a-Stack” rings also makes an appearance in the video, but the new version is smarter. Higher-quality items A paper explaining the thinking behind the video can be viewed here. Brixo Blocks Allow ToTo Create Circuits In Your Lego Builds (video) - Geeky Gadgets.

Lego builders that would like to add a little extra interaction to their Lego brick creations may be interested in a new range of bricks called Brixo blocks that can easily allow you to add circuits to your builds. The Brixo blocks come in a variety of different designs allowing you to create circuits that can light up, react to proximity or sound without the need for any wires and are fully compatible with all standard building blocks. Check out the video below to learn more about the Brixo blocks that are currently still under development and will be available soon to purchase. By registering your email address and sharing the new block with your friends you will also be eligible to receive ten extra chrome bricks at launch.

The creators of Brixo blocks explain a little more: BRIXO blocks are chrome-coated building blocks that act as electric conductors. Source: GetBrixo Filed Under: Top News, Toys Popular Geeky Gadgets Deals. Kid-to-kid toy app introduces children to the sharing economy. Sharing is something children all struggle with to some degree, and many have a hard time parting with their precious toys, even if they barely play with them. But a new app is introducing kids to the sharing economy by helping them and their parents exchange unloved or unused toys. Kidstrade is a Princeton-based startup run by parents, aiming to create an entertaining and educational experience for kids and adults alike. The company’s tagline says users can make another child “the happiest kid in the world”, and taps into children’s urge to swap toys and gadgets. With the app, children can buy and sell toys, with the approval of a parent. The platform keeps trades within a select group of listed items at schools, and parents get the final say over the app — they can also veto trades if they need to.

This keeps the experience safe, and avoids horror stories like a child accidentally overspending on the App Store. Kidstrade offers ways for easy fundraising. Spotted another good idea? Forget cars, the self-driving stroller is coming. With self-driving cars dominating the tech conversation in recent months, it's no surprise that someone would eventually attempt to bring automation to parents sick of pushing their young child in a stroller. Smartbe, which is marketed as "the first intelligent stroller in the world," uses a motion-tracking sensor to follow you wherever you go, allowing for hands-free strolling or an assisted push. Like all great ideas nowadays, the Smartbe is currently in its crowdfunding phase on IndieGogo. However, if all goes correctly, the stroller will easily be the most-decked out baby carrier ever created. In addition to an electric motor that will assist in movement, the stroller will also feature wireless speakers so your baby can rock out, a bottle warmer, a rocker, three retractable canopies and a temperature-controlled bassinet.

As for safety features, the Smartbe will have directional signals, internal and external cameras and an anti-theft alarm. Have something to add to this story? VertiGo: A Wall-Climbing Robot From Disney | Digital Buzz Blog. As if almost out of no where, Disney Research Labs have released a video showcasing a 3D Printed (in part) Wall-Climbing Robot that is more like an all-terrain owning vehicle from a future military prototype, than a Disney research project… But I want one! They’ve called it “VertiGo” and it’s capable of transitioning from the ground to a wall, and is created in collaboration with ETH. The robot has two tiltable propellers that provide thrust onto the wall, and four wheels. One pair of wheels is steerable, and each propeller has two degrees of freedom for adjusting the direction of thrust. By transitioning from the ground to a wall and back again, VertiGo extends the ability of robots to travel through urban and indoor environments.

It’s almost scary how easily and fluidly the robot can jump onto the wall, drive up it, and climb down back into normal driving. Be Sociable, Share! "Smart Letters" is changing the way kids read and write. Marbotic, a French company which is pioneering integrated learning for pre-school kids, has launched Smart Letters, a new letter based toy used in conjunction with a tablet. The toy which goes on pre-sale today on Kickstarter, is designed to help change the way kids learn to read and write and integrates the best use of modern technology with traditional methods of child’s play. Smart Letters is a wooden alphabet of letters, connected to downloadable apps available on Apple designed for three to seven year old kids.

As a child learns to read, they begin to make connections between the shapes and sounds of letters. Each wooden letter interacts with the apps on a tablet, helping to build a picture of the alphabet and early word formation in a child’s mind. The bringing together of both the physical and digital aspect of learning produces an enhanced overall learning experience for kids, teachers and parents alike.

Founder, Marie Merouze comments: StoryHome encourages family storytelling from anywhere in the world. The StoryHome is aimed at helping families to connect via storytelling. it allows family members to share stories with each other wherever they are in the world. If a grandparent records a story on one StoryHome device, it can be relayed to their grandkids as a bedtime story on another.

The StoryHome is shaped like a Russian doll and measures 145 x 88 mm (5.7 x 3.5 in). It comes with a dock into which it can be placed to charge and to connect to the internet. The device connects to internet via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, with the latter being set up using the accompanying StoryHome mobile app. It is powered by an ARM processor and records stories to its in-built Flash memory.

An integrated battery provides 4 hours of audio playback time and several days of standby time. Once set up, the StoryHome is simple to use. Once a story is recorded, it is backed up to the StoryHome cloud and sent to paired devices. When a story is received on a device, users are notified by a glowing light-ring. New Zealand bank ASB introduces a cashless money box for kids.

With the rise of contactless payments and banking apps, giving kids coins for their pocket money might seem a little bit ordinary these days. Enter Clever Kash, a cute new digital money box from New Zealand bank ASB… As the film below explains, the Clever Kash money box allows you to give your children their pocket money virtually, via an app. The process is quite fun – kids can sweep coins on the app over towards their elephanty bank (hmmm, this doesn’t quite have the same ring as piggy bank) and watch the numbers on its screen go up. The aim of Clever Kash is to teach kids about saving, but it is also a clever method by the bank to draw in new young customers (remember the success of the Natwest piggy banks in 1980s?). Clever Kash was invented by ASB and Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand, in collaboration with ASB’s Technology & Innovation Labs, the Saatchi & Saatchi innovation team, Assembly, Kamahi Electronics and 4Design.