Any technology that gets us away from the standard computer monitor and keyboard I'm all for. At TED last week, grad student David Merrill from the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT's Media Lab, gave a very nice demo (using stills and video clips) of some new technology that allows us to sort of go back to the future in a sense and manipulate the technology in familiar ways. The audience was quite impressed with this short presentation on a promising technology. David did not have much time, but he made a good impression and left people wanting (to learn) more. These are obviously early days for Siftables, but it gets you pretty excited thinking about the possibilities. How, for example, could you use something like this to learn Kanji better? Watch the video below or here in TED.
Note: There was actually a problem with the final video during the live TED presentation (which was not David's fault), so they asked David back later in the segment to demo the final bit.TED did a good job editing this quickly.