“SixthSense” by Pranav Mistry (2009)

This project was done at Carnegie Mellon and is the most technology I’ve ever seen on a body. It’s not even touchable, it’s just a projection on your body or any object that you can interact with. This is leaning more toward where I can envision wearable technology going in the future. Yet, this is the oldest project I’m referencing. What happened to this kind of wearable technology today?


Enchanted Object: “Unusual Handshake” By Amy Friedman and Gina Huang (2014)


Interacting with another persons hand is how we create relationships and begin conversations with new people, but what happens when there is no person to the hand? The hand has its own personality to tell a story but how do you interact with it? Would you trust this hand?

While being placed in a bathroom we were able to watch people interact and look weirdly upon what the hand was, they tried to touch it, and when they hit the right spot water would squirt out at them to their surprise. This hand is meant to be touched, examined and shaken, and in return you are surprised by a squirt gun as a way to leave the imaginary person in peace. But you interacted with a hand without a person, highlighting the persona human extremities contain on their own.

Enchanted Object: “SoapBox: Lonely Dog Up For Adoption” by Priya Granadas and Yeliz Karadayi

SoapBox: Lonely dog up for adoption from Priya Ganadas on Vimeo.

SoapBox is a puppy who likes pretending he goes on adventures though really he just likes to sit on his couch. SoapBox is lonely and looking for love, however, if you hit him he will like you less and less. He is forgiving though, of course, and if you hold your hand out to him gently and wait to pet him, you might win him over and he’ll reach back out for your love. He gets confused when you disappear out of view, and he gets bummed when he’s alone. Voice reactions indicate his mood, and he moves when he’s reaching out for you to pet him. SoapBox wants to learn to love!

Alone Soap sits, waiting for someone to love

Alone Soap sits, waiting for someone to love

Could it be? Will somebody take me?

Could it be? Will somebody take me?

Alas, no. I continue to sit here sobbing on my SoapBox.

Alas, no. I continue to sit here sobbing on my SoapBox.


Enchanted Object: “Affectionate Clock” By Malik B. Parker & John Brieger (2014)

Final Form


It used to be that clocks were these semi-magical objects. They were by far the most complex pieces of machinery that people owned, and winding and caring for a clock properly was part of the duties of ownership. Now we live in a world where almost everyone has a clock in their pocket, and can just check time on their phone/microwave/car radio. We took the idea of an antique clock, and we gave it personality! This clock just want to be loved and respected! If you don’t show it any affection, it will purposely tell you the wrong time. You can show it affection by petting it, and if you show it enough affection, it will feel loved and tell you the right time.


Internals Prior to Disassembly


We began by looking at objects we could embue with emotion. Clocks are great for this because they have parts (hands) that already are “supposed” to move, and they have a sentimental quality about them. While looking on craigslist for potential clocks, we found this amazing ad for “New LARGE Clock – Great for a Gift or an Older Person – $25”. It was a perfect example of why our project exists. We ended up purchasing a mantle clock from craigslist, gutting the internals, and wiring a hand to a continuous servo. Copper tape placed on the exterior of the clock let us discretely add a capacitive touch sensor while integrating into the antique aesthetic of our clock.


Final Internals


In hindsight, we should have researched our components a bit more. We ended up with not quite enough time to calibrate the servo motor correctly, which led to the clock not quite working as intended. The decision to include LED light ending up being the wrong one, as was exposed in our critique, as it broke the aesthetic of the clock. Still, our concept was strong and the clock project could be a good portfolio piece with a little more time.


Enchanted Object: “Tears For My Pillow” by Matt Sandler and Claire Sophie (2014)

1_Enchanted Object,Assignment,Hardware,Python,Sensors — MattSandler Sandler @ 6:21 pm

TEARS ON MY PILLOW from Claire Sophie on Vimeo.



 Tears on my pillow 1

Tears on my pillow 2

A man goes to see a doctor. Doctor asks what seems to be the trouble. The man says, “Doc, I’m depressed. Simply, I can’t sleep sometimes, I can’t eat, I feel down and irritable most days. I just can’t feel ‘happy.'”

The Doctor says, “I’ve got the perfect fix for you. In town tonight is the great clown Pagliacci. He’s hysterically funny and will make you laugh till you cry. You will experience a joy unprecedented.”

The man bursts into tears. The doctor, confused asks why. “Doc, I am Pagliacci.”


Electronic instruments allow for a unparalleled level of potency.

However, their power is often is misguided and lost within layers and layers of application.

Tools that were created to connect users, often cause users to craft an image that strain the rift of disconnect, spiraling into depression.

Our product simplifies the cluttered process and allows users to cry into a pillow to directly support an unfeeling avatar.

Hopefully this candid approach can serve either as an apt metaphor for a lost generation, or a wake up call to end the self-fueling fire of emotional detachment and sadness.



Enchanted Object: “BETRAYAL BOT!” by Dan Russo and John Mars

BETRAYAL BOT! takes trust as its input, and returns betrayal as a result. The robot will ask for your phone under the pretense of charging it — all will appear as normal until you try to take your phone back. That’s when BETRAYAL BOT! springs into action: he’ll immediately drive away as fast as he can, taking your phone with him while leaving all sense of safety behind. BETRAYAL BOT! is your best friend and your worst nightmare.

Enchanted Object: “Impulse Box” By Anna Rosati and Chris Williamson (2014)

To live an impulse

I would stretch my pulse

Extent my hand

To any length

To the length that grows,

Which keeps me sick

And feeds me poison

Between doses

Of sweet relief


That which destroys

Is best left alone


Spinning the crank on Impulse Box provides a release from its incessant, cacophonous noise, but with each rotation, you charge the battery keeping it running.

Enchanted Object: “Dust Bunny” by Rachel Ciavarella & Chung Wan Choi (2014)



Enchanted Object: “Light Chimes” by Connor Brem, Emma Steuer (2014)

The object looks much like a simple set of old fashioned chimes. But there are no chimes, only strings. In complete stillness, it hums contentedly; but when the strings move and let light into its insides, it intones like a set of chimes. Light chimes.


light chime 007


Light sensors in its cap send information to a brain in the striker. At intervals, it picks a pitch which corresponds to the number of sensors exposed to light. The resulting sound is hollow and electronic, and changes abruptly.

Enchanted Object: ” Sound Roulette” By Epic Jefferson and Meng (2014-9)

1_Enchanted Object,Hardware — meng @ 5:50 pm

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Sequence 01 from Meng Shi on Vimeo.

Hold the Sonic Gun up to your ear, pull the trigger, and hope you survive. The Sonic Roulette plays on humanities’ risk taking values, disregard for noise pollution, and the physical repercussions of sound.


The electronics contain an Arduino Micro directly driving a small speaker. When the trigger is pulled, a sequence is initiated to select a frequency from an array, and only one space has a frequency above 0. If you’re lucky, you’re ear will get a nice dose of 0 hertz. If not…Good luck


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