Topobo Hayes Raffle, Amanda Parkes, and Professor Hiroshi Ishii
Topobo is a 3D constructive assembly system with kinetic memory, the ability to record and playback physical motion. Unique among modeling systems is Topobos coincident physical input and output behaviors. By snapping together a combination of Passive (static) and Active (motorized) components, people can quickly assemble dynamic biomorphic forms like animals and skeletons with Topobo, animate those forms by pushing, pulling, and twisting them, and observe the system repeatedly play back those motions. For example, a dog can be constructed and then taught to gesture and walk by twisting its body and legs. The dog will then repeat those movements and walk repeatedly. The same way people can learn about static structures playing with building blocks, they can learn about dynamic structures playing with Topobo.
For more information see Topobo at www.topobo.com
Topobo Photo Gallery
Remix and Robo: Improvisational performance and competition with modular robotic building toysSIGGRAPH
Topobo in the Wild: Longitudinal Evaluations of Educators Appropriating a Tangible InterfaceCHI 2008