Fun & Games Technology
Hacking toys into controllers


Kieran Nolan writes:

Here are some recent projects from year 2 of the Creative Media course at DKIT. The student groups were each given a toy and assigned the task of hacking it together with a keyboard to create a controller for an original interactive experience.

Examples include a graffiti simulator and a couple of music generators controlled by toys. Hacking toys is a great way to get a crash course in tangible interface design, as you can pretty easily learn what works and what doesn’t as far as human movement.


Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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