WiiSpray is Wiimote hack and piece of work by Martin Lihs – a student of my ex-colleagues over at the media faculty at the Bauhaus.
I like the addition of stencil usage – it takes it beyond the obvious paint program idea and you can also collaborate with other people (via the interwebs potentially). This part of the explanation is key:
“The actual hardware tool of the artist – the spraying can – remains constant in its shape and function and is a catalyst for this software supporting innovative computer interaction. The self-explanatory program requires no previous knowledge or reference of a user’s manual.”
(Via Daring Fireball, which probably means you have all seen it already. Sigh).
I can’t believe I haven’t come across the Instructables website before – it’s a kind of collaborative How To for all sorts of things. These Throwies are a great addition from the Graffiti Research Lab (good name), which is part of the generally excellent stuff going on over at Eyebeam OpenLab.
Throwies are basically an LED, a battery and a magnet all taped together so that you can throw them at ferromagnetic materials (you know, steel sculptures and cars…) and they stick. Very playful, very amusing, very clever. The only big downside is throwing away lithium batteries…
The Graffiti Research lab have a great clip of them in action and the Instructables site has, as you would imagine, instructions on how to make them.