Tangible Media Group

Pattern Studio’s Interactive Chemistry Table.

I am so envious of children’s education these days. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in school, and have computers, iPads, iPhones, touchscreen tables, interactive content, etc. at my finger tips all day long. Dynamic content that extends the learning experience beyond text books, and lectures.

Pattern Studio has created an interactive exhibit for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Using RFID chips embedded in the table, as well as tactile pucks, the system allows users to build and create chemical reactions by moving objects on the surface.

Working with Sensetable hardware, the platform allows you to bring the computer interface off the screen, and create a more tactile, engaging, interactive experience. Sensetable tracks the position of the pucks on the table surface, and uses them as interface inputs to display content which is not only lit from underneath, but projected from above as well. The Sensetable concept and initial prototypes were developed by the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab. Patten Studio has developed a robust and affordable implementation of the Sensetable platform for a variety of commercial applications. Pattern Studio

This is the kind of technology, and human factors design that really makes me think the future of education is good. I know there are studies and people who say, our memories are being effected, that people are learning less now, that education is suffering from technology. I don’t believe any of  that is true. I think it means things are changing and not necessarily for the worse.

Sensetable uses the LusidOSC API for application development. This open source API makes it easy for application developers to use tools such as Processing to develop Sensetable applications.