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 Post subject: Siftables, the toy blocks that think.
PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:38 pm 
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An amazing demo of Siftables; mini computers that interact with each other when they are placed side by side.

Words don't do them justice, watch the video here.

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 Post subject: Re: Siftables, the toy blocks that think.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:12 am 
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Wow. That's amazing. There are endless possibilities with things like this.


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 Post subject: Re: Siftables, the toy blocks that think.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:25 am 
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Just a thought as those look fairly thin, it would be possible to make a digital rubik's cube that turns physically and senses when its solved. It probably also has the power to time as well.

Edit: it would be a bit large, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Siftables, the toy blocks that think.
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While this is indeed cool, I immediately see one problem with it: space. 100s of gigabytes are easily stored on a small computer. To do anything similar with siftables would take up ridiculous amounts of physical space. As a novelty or as a better way to do some things, these do have a lot of potential, but I doubt they will ever come close to being computers.

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 Post subject: Re: Siftables, the toy blocks that think.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:28 am 
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Danny Devitt wrote:
While this is indeed cool, I immediately see one problem with it: space. 100s of gigabytes are easily stored on a small computer. To do anything similar with siftables would take up ridiculous amounts of physical space. As a novelty or as a better way to do some things, these do have a lot of potential, but I doubt they will ever come close to being computers.


Really?

http://www.flash-memory-store.com/16gb-sandisk-micro-sdhc-memory-card-sdsdq016ga11m.html

It has also been mentioned that they are working on up to 128GB :shock: micro SD cards.
http://www.physorg.com/news143893844.html

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 Post subject: Re: Siftables, the toy blocks that think.
PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:33 am 
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*slaps forehead* For some reason I was thinking that the siftables would have one function each and that you would then need hundreds to do much of anything. Memory cards are then the obvious answer and I am aware of the SD cards with ridiculous amounts of space.

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 Post subject: Re: Siftables, the toy blocks that think.
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Oh, I can see your misunderstanding. :) He really only does one thing with them at a time.

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 Post subject: Re: Siftables, the toy blocks that think.
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It wouldn't be out of the question to have them be semi-dumb devices, controlled by a central computer that has much more power. Think in terms of terminal server or citrix. They would be the displays and interaction sensors, but the processing could be from a base machine nearby. They already have wireless built in, so it's not a stretch.


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 Post subject: Re: Siftables, the toy blocks that think.
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I like that idea. You could have much lower and smaller powered processors in the individual units.

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 Post subject: Re: Siftables, the toy blocks that think.
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As he says, they're user interface design, not computing design. Although the blocks are smart blocks, so they probably have something like an Atmel AVR processor inside at least -- and an AtMega is still more computing power than sent man to the moon. Think in terms of an entire 386 PC or so worth of computing power, if not today then soon. The OLEDs those almost certainly are as displays are, as yet, still hellishly expensive. It'll be 5 or 10 years before this is in the Toys'R'Us aisle as a collectible series of blocks.in 15 or 20 years, you could probably get them in cereal boxes.


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