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Click to see a 13Meg MPEG of Triangles and the Digital Veil at Ars Electronica 1997

The Triangles System project has been my primary research at the MIT Media Laboratory. It is a new way of manipulating digital information through interconnecting physical objects. It consists of a set of plastic equilateral triangles, each with magnetic edges. The Triangles contain microprocessors, and when they connect with one another, they can identify their neighbors and pass connection information back to a host computer.

The Triangles can be used to make 2D and 3D configurations that a computer can respond to in real time. The system has been used in storytelling, media management, and artistic applications, one of which was presented at the 1997 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. As a generic Tangible Media platform, they are a foundation for ongoing research projects.

I developed the Triangles along with fellow Media Laboratory student Maggie Orth. The system is patent-pending. For more information and publications about Triangles, please visit the Triangles website.