Love the look of dominoes falling, but hate having to set them up? These wireless dominoes don't need to be perfectly placed in order to work--they use wireless communication to "decide which block to knock over next."
Esper Dominoes, developed by Jarashi Suki and the IAMAS Ubiquitous Research Group, are currently being displayed in Tokyo at the National Art Center in Roppongi for the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival. They look like traditional dominoes--except more colorful, and with lights indicating the dominoes' numbers.
Here's a video explaining how it works:
Okay, so that video was in Japanese, but it's pretty easy to figure out--the dominoes knock each other over in order, depending on what number is on each domino. You shake the domino to the left to go down a number, and shake it to the right to go up a number (you can go up to 10). If two dominoes are numbered six, for example, they'll both be knocked down at the same time.
This means you can probably do some pretty cool things, like knock a bunch over at once or knock them over out of "order." Still, not having to spend hours meticulously setting them up (only to have them knocked over by your cat) totally defeats the purpose of dominoes--am I right?
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