Connect a set of motion sensors in your aging parents’ home to your iPhone. Let your kids play conductor on a model train. Tell your coffee pot to text you when it’s ready. Or build an interactive sculpture that responds to its environment, to spectators, to other art. How do you get different things to work together when your imagination is the only limitation? That’s the promise of Interstacks, a MAYA research and development project that’s focused on the future of pervasive computing – letting you integrate trillions of things (digital and physical) in a post-PC world.
User interface design
Information architecture Information architecture
The lingua franca of technology
Connect & control from anywhere
Personalize your custom stack
Trillions of devices connected to each other and to us? That’s a done deal. And they’ll all be embedded with sensors, each speaking their own language. With Interstacks we’ve created a module for each of these technical languages, from IR to wi-fi, which can be snapped together to let all of your devices cooperate with one another, and empower you to make connections never before possible.
So how does it work? We’ve developed a simple, innovative visual authoring tool called Stackbuilder. This drag-and-drop programming environment lets you build, test, and tweak your custom stacks in an accessible, user-friendly way. Stackbuilder will take you from idea to product in just one day.
Logo molded into the top of the case
Ridged edges add texture to the module
Modules communicate with each other via electronic bus
An LED light indicates messages are being sent and received
The mission of Interstacks isn’t just to make cool things possible, but to empower a community of makers to disrupt everything. If we’re truly going to tap the potential of inexpensive, powerful computing to change the world, we need to empower artists, designers, parents, and kids—not just geeks and engineering pros—to connect, make, and invent something new.