Toy Blocks that Think?

I shared this in my reader feed as well, but it’s so damn cool, I thought it would be worth sharing the video too.

In this TED talk, MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables, blocks that think. You read that right. They think. I really loved Legos, Lincoln Logs, and all manner of construction toys as a kid, so these would have been right up my alley.

Sigh. Born too soon. Anyway, check it out; it’s wild and definitely worth the seven-minute investment.

You may know about TED already, but if not, here’s the about:

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 200 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

I find a lot of these talks fascinating, and I love that they’re licensed under Creative Commons. Teh awesome.




  1. Totally amazing! Thanks for sharing the video, Jake. Makes me wonder where Enterprise Application Software may be headed in the future. =)

  2. Glad you liked it. TED videos are great. Check out Hans Rosling's talks on data visualizations, very cool stuff. He sold his software to Google, and you can use the same visualizations in Google Docs now.

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