Iconic Visitor Created Paper Structures


This company specializes in creating simple geometric forms that visitors can assemble and combine into large integrated structures. Could apply to Maker, Engineering, Art, Physics content, among others, as well as special themed events (i.e. a riff on Cardboard City). They don’t seem to be exploiting the decoration aspect of such structures, which could add richness, originality and personalization to the work. They also produce a variety of small Maker style projects i.e. individual stools or lamps, that would seem to be nearly fool proof yet satisfying activities. Hat tip to Joseph for this one.

Here’s the company:


And a post on a recent installation:


A few pics from various projects below:







ENESS – technology & art installations

Building on Mr. Toth’s find, it’s worth checking out some of the other elements in the ENESS portfolio. Investigating other firm’s work is a great way to inspire out own thinking about what’s possible. Here’s a few that caught my eye from the ENESS portfolio:

Humble Telescope


We’d probably execute this a little differently, but this idea has a lot of potential.


Light Seesaw


Love how they’ve blended physical motion with a visual / digital illustration of the motion. Poetic really. We should think of a way to us a similar technique in one of our moving elements.


LUMES Cabrini


This looks like an implementation of their OTS modules that Mr. Toth flagged. Not clear if it’s interactive, but certainly could be.


Plastic Reflectic

No major revelations here, but I thought this was a cool implementation of motion sensor technology similar to our “magic mirror” Kinect setup. If you watch the video all the way through to the end, you get a glimpse of the mechanism they use to raise and lower the individual pieces of plastic. I think this is a great blend of interactive art that conveys a powerful message.



Interactive Pixel Wall

Google NYC has a new interactive wall using 5,880 arcade buttons as the interface and the result is pretty cool! The great thing is the open-source software is available for anyone to play with (and I think we should do that if we aren’t already). Check out the video and the link for the “anypixel.js” software below!

~ Chris

“Living” Furniture

I thought this was an interesting illustration of how to make even the most mundane movement an interactive experience. Something as simple as opening a drawer becomes a fun and transformative action. I love little details like that when I’m visiting a museum or looking at a website where clicking on a random spot triggers something unexpected. I feel like it adds to the sense of wonder of an exhibit or space when you never really know what to expect!

– Chris


Pull me to life


Lenses – Interactive Light & Sound

Woohoo, first post of the new year! I saw this exhibit and immediately thought it was something within our capabilities. I am very much a lover of music and sound and to blend that with endlessly variable light combinations I think makes for a fairly simple but very satisfying visitor experience. This type of thing could possibly even be built into our typical RGB color blending exhibit perhaps. Slick casework too!

– Chris




Projected Patterns Lantern

I’ve always loved this technique -use a single point source light within an enclosure to form a giant lantern that projects patterns into the space. The scale, simplicity and environmental nature of the effect are what make this piece work – one of those experiences that benefits from installation as a single, sculptural gesture. Wonder what potential there is for visitors to change the designs (colors? movement?) interactively and thus manipulate the patterns on the walls in real-time?

The back half of the video focuses on the final installation…

pattern projection 3 pattern projection 1 pattern projection 2