This Neat Map of ISS Shows Where AstroSamantha Takes Her Space Photos

Geotagging on the International Space Station? Almost! This interactive map collects and pins all of ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's gorgeous orbital photos. » 3/13/15 3:13pm 3/13/15 3:13pm

Ultrasound Can Let You Touch and Feel 3D Shapes in Thin Air

Touch feedback has been advancing rapidly of recent time, and now we've gotten to the stage where ultrasound can be used to create entire 3D shapes to touch and feel in thin air. » 12/02/14 7:30am 12/02/14 7:30am

Cool interactive ad lets you choose between a plain and a badass story

This interactive ad is actually two commercials in one. If you let the video roll, you'll end up with your average car commercial. But if you press R in your keyboard while watching it, you'll see a badass action film. Of course, the combination of the two makes it even cooler. Watch the full ad here. » 10/31/14 8:31pm 10/31/14 8:31pm

Wild New ​Display Uses Fog As An Interactive 3D Screen

Engineers have built an interactive display using a tabletop system and mounted personal screens made of fog. Projectors light the fog for each user and a camera system monitors movements, allowing each person at the table to manipulate and share three-dimensional data. » 4/11/14 4:40pm 4/11/14 4:40pm

Keyfleas Don't Actually Bite While You Type

A lot of things can bother you while you're trying to work, but what about things that you only perceive as nagging? In Keyfleas, little lights follow your fingers around a keyboard like a swarm of fleas, and can create the sensation that something is nipping at your fingers. » 11/10/13 8:19pm 11/10/13 8:19pm

Explore Your Lobes And Cortices With This Interactive Brain Map

Cramming for a test can make even the brightest minds feel like a pile of mush: Words start blending together, and after scanning pages and pages, it can be tough to tell when concentration falters and thoughts begin to drift. But the good folks at Open Colleges have managed to make neurology engaging and… » 10/24/13 11:50am 10/24/13 11:50am

This Clever Map Compares Chicago Before and After the Great Fire

When the proverbial cow kicked over the proverbial lantern on a Tuesday night in 1871 Chicago, it set in motion an urban transformation that would see its hodgepodge of wooden buildings replaced with the Windy City we know today. Now, thanks to the data viz wizards at Esri and the patronage of The Smithsonian, you… » 8/27/13 3:44pm 8/27/13 3:44pm

Magic: The Gathering Lets Make-Believe Wizards Blast Make-Believe…

At this year's Penny Arcade PAX convention, Wizards of the Coast, makers of the Magic: The Gathering Card game, set up an awesome interactive installation at their booth that let wannabe wizards live out one of their many, many fantasies: blasting imaginary fireballs. » 4/09/13 1:20pm 4/09/13 1:20pm

Office Sound System Lets You Skip Tracks By Whipping Something At this…

In an attempt to stop people from queuing up unpopular songs in its public Spotify-powered sound system, the folks at Agency Republic created this interactive wall poster that can be used to easily skip tracks. All you have to do is slap, hit, fire, or throw something at it. » 4/26/12 4:00pm 4/26/12 4:00pm

This Touchscreen Van Gogh's Starry Night Is So Stunningly Beautiful It…

Petros Vrellis has turned Vincent Van Gogh's The Starry Night into an animation that changes when the user touches it. The effect is so beautiful and mesmerizing that I'm now craving an app that would let me do the same. » 2/10/12 7:20pm 2/10/12 7:20pm

Where Disaster Struck, Before and After

On the left: Ishinomaki, Japan as it was captured by GeoEye's imaging satellites in April of last year. On the right: the exact same area as it looked on Saturday, just one day after last week's devastating tsunami. » 3/14/11 1:23pm 3/14/11 1:23pm

Interactive Migration Map Shows Where People Are Going—and What They're…

No, a massive earthquake did not also strike the East Coast today and cause thousands of refugees to flee inland. That said, while the lines do not represent refugees, this is still a massive migration of people. » 3/13/11 6:00pm 3/13/11 6:00pm

Watch an Interactive 360-Degree Video of a World Record Dodgeball Game

It took more than 2000 University of Alberta students, staff, and alumni to set the Guinness World Record for the biggest dodgeball game, but they did it. Don't believe me? See for yourself in this interactive 360-degree panoramic video of the event. NO HEADSHOTS! [Edmonton Journal via Nick Bilton] » 2/10/11 5:40pm 2/10/11 5:40pm

What This Interactive Tron Skating Ramp Needs is Some Olivia Wilde

For Australia's Tron: Legacy premiere, skaters slid around Eness' interactive ramp; iPod Touches loaded with custom apps that measured air time to control the graphics. Tony Hawk, this isn't. In fact, it's rather like Wipe Out, isn't it? [LiveForFilms] » 12/20/10 6:40am 12/20/10 6:40am

All of These Lights Are At Your Command

Have you ever wanted to control 85 color-changing LED lights on the fly with the flick of a wrist? Ever wanted a custom soundtrack to go with that as well. If you live in Lima, Peru, it's your lucky day. » 12/15/10 11:00pm 12/15/10 11:00pm

KeyGlove Flips Traditional Touch Typing the Bird

There's this scene in Children of Men where a zombified kid is playing a game using a VR harness and an interactive glove. He's dead to the world and it's depressing. But it was science fiction, right? Not quite: » 10/24/10 3:00pm 10/24/10 3:00pm

Halo Fans Can Build A Light Sculpture By Controlling This Robot

Microsoft is launching an interactive website to get gamers even more excited about Halo: Reach. Users will help build a Halo light sculpture by controlling a Kuka Robot Arm (that's the thing lurking in the shadows) to plot light points. » 8/21/10 6:00pm 8/21/10 6:00pm

US iPad Data Cost Versus the World: We Lose

It's one thing to compare how much mobile downloads cost you across various US carriers. Here's how the US iPad data plan stacks up against what the rest of the world pays. It's not pretty. » 7/30/10 3:20pm 7/30/10 3:20pm

OK Go's Insane Rube Goldberg Machine Gets a Wicked Interactive Floor…

OK Go's video for This Too Shall Pass is bananas, thanks to an over-the-top Rube Goldberg Machine. We've gotten some behind the scenes info before, but this incredibly detailed interactive floor plan takes it to a whole new level. » 4/01/10 3:20pm 4/01/10 3:20pm