Across the music industry, physical sales are on a fast decline while the demand for digital media is steadily growing. Music executives have struggled with the format change, searching and hoping for a new physical product that will deliver similar profit margins to the now ill-fated compact disk. But what if there is hope for a new type of physical product that embraces interactive technology?
Siftables are cookie-sized, interactive computerized tiles that can be stacked or shuffled with your hands. These interactive mini-computers can do math, play music, display video, teach language, talk, etc.
As traditional media products continue to lose their luster, it is now time to embrace digital technologies with innovative physical products. MIT grad student David Merrill demoed this new kind of computer interface at the TED Conference 2009.