Touch, Toys, and Interactive Materials: Combining Art and Technology to Spark Creative Thinking

Wednesday, 2 August, 4 - 5 pm
Room 157

Electronic toys, construction kits, and art supplies typically live on different aisles in the toy store. But that need not be the case.

The MIT Media Lab has been investigating new multi-modal interactive toys and interfaces that utilize gesture and the sense of touch to improve interpersonal communication, education, and access to digital information. Kids can use these toys and interfaces to create musical sculptures, interactive jewelry, dancing creatures, and other artistic inventions, and, in the process, learn important math, science, and engineering concepts.

Mitch Resnick and Hayes Raffle demonstrate and discuss new construction kits that integrate art and technology to spark children's creative thinking.

From toy idea to market: Janese Swanson shares strategies on bringing concepts to market. She produced many award-winning products, including Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? and invented top-selling toys such as Yak Bak, Talk Boy fx, and Girl Tech's Password Journal (after finding that so many wonderful technology products were developed for and marketed solely to boys).

Janese Swanson
SIGGRAPH 2007 Educators Program Chair
The Art Apprentice

Mitch Resnick
Hayes Raffle
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab