inFORM from MIT’s Media Lab

This is truly exciting stuff. Nice work, Sean Follmer, Daniel Leithinger, Alex Olwal, Akimitsu Hogge, and Hiroshi Ishii – I want one!

“inFORM dynamically changes material and form to continuously adapt the physical and virtual interface to user interactions.” From the inFORM: Dynamic Physical Affordances and Constraints through Shape and Object Actuation whitepaper.

John Maeda’s video is making the rounds right now, and it’s absolutely fascinating:

Here’s what John had to say: “I dropped by the lab of my old colleague Professor Hiroshi Ishii at the MIT Media Lab and was wowed by one of his new projects. Hiroshi is the Doug Engelbart of our generation — a true user-interface pioneer that keeps inventing the next paradigms for manipulating information remotely. But even more importantly, Hiroshi is that special kind of leader who when you say to him, “Great job, Hiroshi” he is always quick to say, “I didn’t do this. My students made it happen. I’m proud to get to work with such great students.” I know for certain that his students hold him in high regard as a truly unique, creative leader.”

Do yourself a favor and go over to John Maeda’s site to watch the video.