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Gal Sasson from ITP entered this “Make a Play” video and project in Engadget’s Insert Coin: New Challengers competition. It gets my vote for its combination of craft and electronics to create fun and engaging puppets, simple box theater construction complete with a spooky backdrop and lighting effects, and of course that laser-etched wooden control box.

[via Engadget]

Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!


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  1. trkemp says:

    Next step: The Hall of Presidents

    1. Nick Normal says:

      I’d like to see that in mini-puppet form!

  2. mrsricketts says:

    This is amazing. I would love to know more details about how you created the mechanism that controls the puppets and lights. I am just beginning to work with Arduinos and MaKey MaKey.

  3. mrsricketts says:

    Reblogged this on TechOnion and commented:
    Gal Sasson has put together an amazing puppet theater by combining art, theater, and computing. My mind is boggled by how far we have come from cardboard shoeboxes and sock puppets.

  4. jdunfee12 says:

    Many years ago, I was contacted by a lady with a severely disabled child. He only had the ability to push a joystick, with minimal control. She was asking if I could make a puppet that could be activated by this. I didn’t have the technical ability at the time. But, this would be perfect for someone like this.

    Back when I was contacted, computer animation was viable for this individual. But, this lady realized that animating a favorite stuffed animal or toy from a McDonalds “Happy Meal” would be very different, because it would be something physical the child wanted to play with.

    The idea of a shadow puppet theater means that any small toy, or even the traditional paper cut-out could be used by this child to play with. The lights add a special element. And the ability to record means the user can slowly build up a play, even if they have very minimal physical ability.

    I hope to see you at the New York Maker Faire in person.

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