Touch Circuits

Aesthetec Studio, Eric Rosenbaum, nick pagee, Brett Hagman, Nick Birnie

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By touching virtual circuits, kids can make music, move a robotic arm, and even control a videogame.

Reach out and touch the circuits to create music, move a robotic arm, and more — kids can even control a videogame by high-fiving their friends! Anything conductive can be used to complete the circuits, so kids can choose from a variety of materials to become as creative as they want!


    • Aesthetec Studio
    • Aesthetec Studio is a Toronto-based interaction design and technology company that creates engaging experiences. From museums to art galleries, exhibit booth to innovative products, Aesthetec finds creative solutions to address user interaction and technological challenges for a wide range of clientele, including museums and science centres, cultural institutions, retail and hospitality spaces, advertisers, artists and designers.

      Aesthetec has worked on major museums in Asia, the United States, and, most recently, Telus Spark in Calgary, Alberta — Canada's first new science centre in over 25 years (opened to the public in October 2011). Aesthetec is currently working with the Royal Ontario Museum on a new exhibit to be launched in May 2013.

      The studio was a part of the successful first-ever TIFFKids digiPlaySpace in 2012, and is proud to be part of the digiPlaySpace again this year. Team members: Mark Argo, Adam Carlucci, Erika Kiessner, Ashley Lewis, and Ann Poochareon.

    • Eric Rosenbaum
    • Eric Rosenbaum is a doctoral student in the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab, where he invents new ways for people to learn through tinkering. He develops new technologies at the intersection of music, improvisation, play and learning. The MaKey MaKey invention kit, Kickstarted in 2012 in collaboration with fellow student Jay Silver, lets you turn any object into a touchpad for your computer: you can make a piano out of bananas, a drum kit out of people, or a musical painting that you touch to play. Singing Fingers is a free app for iPad and iPhone that lets you finger paint with sound, recording as you draw colorful shapes and playing it back as you trace them again. MmmTsss is free, playful music looper (with a circular visualization) that lets you record and layer mouth noises. He is also a member of the Scratch team, developing a graphical programming language that kids around the world have used to make their own games, animations, simulations, and interactive stories. He has led numerous creative technology workshops, and exhibited work in venues including San Francisco Exploratorium, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, San Jose Tech Museum, and the OFFFmatica and CineKid festivals. In his spare time he plays the funky trombone.
    • nick pagee
    • nick pagee is the Curator of the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, a 5,000-square-foot interactive exhibition for children, families and students. He is also a Film Programmer for the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. In addition to TIFF Kids, he consults on gaming and interactive media for TIFF, including programming the TIFF Nexus series where, in partnership with several creative groups in the community, a bunch of good people came together to increase collaboration in Toronto's film, gaming and new media sectors. nick has programmed, produced or volunteered for dozens of cultural events in Toronto. He has sat on several Juries including the WorldWide Short Film Festival and the National Screen Institute, on advisory groups for creative initiatives such as Thing Tank Laboratories, and he travels internationally to film, gaming and interactive art conferences. In the leftover time he is a full-time New Media student at Ryerson University and an independent designer who loves creating anything you can imagine — recently he invented the world's first telepresent, motion-tracking pepper-spray machine, and he has big plans around hacking slurpee machines. He also has an iPhone app being released soon — sure to make you re-think the way you exchange photos.

    • Brett Hagman
    • Brett Hagman is a lead developer of Wiring and represents Rogue Robotics, an engineering and design company with expertise in OEM, Educational, and custom design products.
    • Nick Birnie
    • Nick Birnie holds a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of the Sunshine Coast, and a Bachelor of Fine Art, major in Photography and minor in Graphic Design, from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. Nick has worked in the Toronto area and abroad for various school boards, arts organizations and community groups as a media artist educator. Nick brought his years of experience with kids learning and workshops to this project as an educational consultant.