Drawdio

How adorable is this… with Drawdio you can turn almost anything into a musical instrument. (Unlike most posts on this blog, this isn’t screen-based — but creating interactive drawings in addition to designing interactivity with physical objects seems pretty cool.)

Developed by Jay Silver at the MIT Media Lab (I promise to try and stop using them as a source for posts here… but there’s a lot of cool stuff there)…

The Drawdio circuit-craft lets you MacGuyver your everyday objects into musical instruments: paintbrushes, macaroni, trees, grandpa, even the kitchen sink. … Drawdio brings to life the everyday interconnections between people and environment, encouraging you to use your sense of touch, and letting you hear otherwise invisible electrical connections by creating, remixing, and playing.

The Drawdio site gives instructions on how to build your own, and there’s also a link to buy a kit. Fun, cheap, and easy. Cool.

Drawdio was recently used for this NuVu event. NuVu is a “place of innovation where middle and high school students join together with experts from MIT and Harvard to create new views of the world.”

As a side note, take a look at the things happening at NuVu via their blog. It’s inspiring and exciting to see kids getting involved, hands-on, and creatively, with these sorts of technologies.