I/O Brush

 - Nov 25, 2007   Updated: Apr 6 2011
References: web.media.mit.edu & techeblog
Although it was developed way back in 2005, and you can't actually buy one yet, this 'paint brush' redefines how artists and art interact. The seemingly normal-looking brush actually houses sensors that copy colors, textures, and movements and transfers them to a digital screen. Hats off to Kimiko Ryokai, Stefan Marti, and Hiroshi Ishii for developing such a cool application.

Implications - This digital innovation was made to both compliment artists and the advancement in technology. Modern art has transformed from the canvas to the computer screen, although artists still prefer the feel of a paintbrush over a mouse or stylus. Manufacturers should develop ways to mix old elements with new technology to better assist their consumers.