The Future of Play: Siftables

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Baby blocks hardly seem like a technological frontier, but that is in the process of changing. The Takeaway's tech contributor Baratunde Thurston and MIT researcher David Merrill explain the nexus between toy blocks and a series of really cool burgeoning technologies changing how we play.

Check out Baratunde Thurston as the host of the new television show Popular Science’s Future Of on the Science Channel.

Watch David Merrill's demonstration of Siftables from this year's TED conference:

One of the things about problem solving ... a lot of play is problem solving, a lot of science is problem solving. A lot of it is being able to try things out quickly, and then see the results. So if I'm gonna type in equations, say I'm ... a scientist trying to model some phenomenon. If I've got to retype the equation every time, it's not going to be as fast as if maybe I can just rearrange some physical objects, like the alphabet blocks, and see the results immediately.
– David Merrill

MIT's Dave Merrill woke up at 3 a.m. and took a cab to a studio in downtown San Francisco in order to be on The Takeaway. We appreciate the effort!


David Merrill and Baratunde Thurston


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