Quite intrigued by Claytronics, a project by Carnegie Mellon University and Intel to give interactive forms to information in such a way that a user perceives it as indistinguishable from reality (yes, magic. It does look like magic, if you watch the video). I wonder why I hadn’t heard of it before. I tried searching for news articles about it and there’s nothing really useful after 2009 or so, which is reflected on their website too. I suspect it’s because their research has been folded into something bigger. If anyone can point me in the direction of recent-ish info, I’d be quite grateful. It reminds me in some ways of the MIT research on sixth sense technology.
From their site:
The objects created from programmable matter will be scalable to life size or larger. They will be likewise reducible in scale. Such objects will be capable of continuous, 3-D motion. Representations in programmable matter will offer to the end-user an experience that is indistinguishable from reality. Claytronic representations will seem so real that users will experience the impression that they are dealing with the original object.