Craft Technology

Mike Eisenberg Memorial Ball Machine
This installation is part of Mike’s legacy – an interactive structure that mixes joy, curiosity, and learning. It was made possible thanks to the generous support from the cohort of graduate students who were in Mike’s group at the MIT AI Lab, as well as his own students, colleagues, and friends. Here are some photos.

Mike Eisenberg Memorial Ball Machine, August 28, 2023.

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Craft technology is our term for the interweaving of computation with craft materials. This blending can take many forms, including the application of specialized software to aid in the design and construction of crafts (such as mechanical toys and paper sculpture) and in the creation of craft objects with embedded intelligence. Our particular interests lie in the educational realm – that is, we are especially interested in extending the landscape of children’s craft activities.

Paper Playground: Interactive play meets multimodal web development!