Phidget Video Gallery

Programmers use the Phidgets hardware/software toolkit to rapidly prototype interfaces. These videos show examples of what various people have built with phdigets. Most are from an undergraduate class where they learn phidgets, design an idea, and implement the system in a few weeks. Note that projects range from very crude, quick and dirty 'sketches' to somewhat more realistic prototypes to ones reported in refereed publications.

Other videos are available through the sidebar. Published Refereed Videos collect our fully refereed video publications. iLab Video Reports is our catalog of unrefereed videos produced mostly by graduate students and faculty.

The Original Phidgets Video


ACM UIST 2001 Video Figure
the original Phidgets Video

Greenberg & Fitchett

Refereed Videos about Phidgets

Location-Dependant Appliances

Pervasive 2007 Video
Location-Dependant Domestic Information Appliances

Elliot, Watson, Neustaedter, Greenberg


ECSCW 2005 Video
DartMail: Digital Information Transfer through Physical Surrogates

Tang, Pattison, Greenberg

Flexible Displays

UbiCOMP 2004 Video
Building Flexible Displays for Awareness and Interaction

Elliot, Greenberg

Context-Aware Pill Bottle

UbiCOMP 2004 Video
The Context-Aware Pill Bottle and Medication Monitor

Agarawala, Greenberg, Ho

Home Media Space

Ubicomp 2003 Video
The Design of a Context-Aware Home Media Space

Neustaedter, Greenberg


ACM UIST 2002 Video Figure

Greenberg & Boyle

Digital Physical Surrogates

ACM CHI 1999
Mediating Awareness and Communication through Digital but Physical Surrogates

Kuzuoka, Greenberg

Other Videos about Phidgets

Appointment Assistant

An appointment reminder display driven by the user's Outlook calendar

Zaid Alibhai

Astro Girl

AstroGirl tells your horoscope, where you give your sign, the week/month/year that you are interested in, and the horoscope type (love and relationships, career and finance).

Sandra Khorina

Black Magic Puppetry

A doll that responds to gestures sent through MSN Instant Messenger

Rosemary Sanchez

Bob the Repositional Camera

A web camera moves in both the X and Y axis, and can auto-track a person's face

Alan Flanders

Bouncing Pellets

Virtual pellets can be added to a graphics display by physically 'dropping' them into the sides of the screen, and then bounced around by tapping the display.

Min Xin


iLab Video Report 2002-1
BuddyBugs: An MSN Messenger Interface

Susannah McPhail

Candy Phidget

A physcal device that drops candy to indicate the status of lenghty downloads

Alexandra Braginsky

Cricket Clock

An ambient display that tracks how a nearby telephone is used.

Chris Bradley

Cuckoo Clock

A person sets this computer clock to make the cuckoo appear

Jacelyn Campbell

Desolate Igloo

A strange igloo with northern lights and that grants a desire for warmth

Arif Fazel


An abstract conglomeration of loosely related themes designed to provoke thought.

Mike Polowick

Doorbell and Phone Alerts

A device that displays callers at the door or on the phone

Nicole Dempsey


An elephant faces you when you receive an audio message. Push its stomach to play the message. Squeeze its head to send a message.

Shivaughan Warwaruk

Flight Time Indicator

A physcial display indicates the status and times of particular flights

Jordan Schaan

Flower In Bloom

A flower blooms under program control

Susannah McPhail

Foos Wars

A foosball table where one person plays on the physical table, and another plays via the web

Mike Larke, Mike Clark

Funky Mirror

A mirror distorted under computer control

Zorin Musani

Future Scale

An electronic scale that lets people set weight goals and then see if they acheive them

Phil Serchuk

Interactive Storybook

An interactive version of Harry Potter's Chamber of Secrets that links paper and web.

Christina Escabillas

Laser Pong

A two-player game where competitors battle it out on their ceiling

Jason Chan

Light Wheel

An ambient display where one can control patterns of lights on a circular wheel

Michael Durrant


Lets a person in the kitchen create a list of shopping items as they are consumed

Mark Andrada

Magnetic Dessert

Silvery rocks moving around a desert reflects the motion in one's surroundings

Kari Basaraba

Marble Mail

Ambient display that moves marbles between 3 bowls as email arrives and is read

Shannon Goodman


Children race skiers down a mountain by correctly answer multiplication questions

Russell Kruger

MC Status

An MSN Messenger contact status notification device using Simsons figurines.

Christian Leith

Messenger Frame

A contact's photo reflects their on-line activity. Send a message by touching the photo.

Mike Hornby-Smith

MiniBar with Recipies

A bar designed for guests to make exotic drinks

Barbara Lenart

Missed Calls

A cell phone cradle and gauge tells a person how many phone calls were missed.

Raul Nemes

Monster Phidget

Monster greets people as they walk by. It says jokes if they linger or touch him.

Edward Tse

Mood Box

A physical user interface that is designed to display temperature by changing the color of the light.

Yu Ning Kwok


A waterfall as an ambient display that shows moods, which are explicitly set by tags.

Curtis Fraser

Mood Table

A table reacts with different light patterns and poetic sounds as people press its surface

Eric Pattison

MS Nemo

A 'fish' displays the status of a specified Instant Messaging contact.

Jeni Lynn Vito

MSN Slider

A simple slider lets you quickly set your on-line status from online, to busy, away, offline, and so on.

Michael Rounding

Music Box

A physically interactive music manager that also lets you control how songs are played

Rob Diaz-Marino

Nerf Email

A tongue-in-cheek email notifier that shoots nerf disks at you when email arrives.

Carman Neustaedter

Parking Assistant

A traffic light helps someone park their car in a garage.

Kashama Willms

Phidget Eyes

Eyes blink and light up

Debbie Mazurak

Phonic Phidgit

A 'record player' that plays MP3 and internet music by manipulating the record arm and turntable.

Jameson Lloyd

Picture Frame

Touching a picture makes lights to blink on its partner's picture

Kathryn Elliot

Physiological Arousal

iLab Video Report 2003-2
Sensing / Visualising Physiological Arousal

Tang, Kratt, Carpendale, Dunning

Pill Dispenser

An automatic pill dispenser that dispenses pills at regular intervals, and that indicates when it is time to take a pill

Sean Feil

Post-it System

Helps families communicate by encoding messages onto phicons, by posting messages using those phicons, and by using a display to show the message.

Tim Au Yeung

Power Dimmer and Lamp

A lamp's light level changes and its lampshade rotates.

Brant LeClercq

Privacy-Preserving Video

iLab Video Report 2001-3
A Privacy-Preserving Reactive Media Space

Boyle, Greenberg

Pumpkin Phidget

Pumpkin Phidget is what happens when Chester decides to decorate a pumkin for Halloween.

Chester Fitchett

Race Tracking

An alert mechanism based on a race track.

Walter Chung

Rusty Barnacle - the Show

A computerized puppet show telling the pirate tale of adventure in the Caribbean

Kevin Foster

Rusty Barnacle - the Making

The making of the Rusty Barnacle puppet show of a pirate tale of adventure in the Caribbean

Kevin Foster

Safe Stove

A stove that detects when an element is no longer in use and then turns that element off.

Natahn Stehr

Shaker MP3 Player

An MP3 player operated by physically opening and shaking a countainer.

Buxton, Fogg, Harper, Hicks

Simon the Sunflower

The making of the Rusty Barnacle puppet show of a pirate tale of adventure in the Caribbean

Nancy Lopez

StarWars Coffee Room Monitor

A Star Wars display that lets you see who is drinking coffee

Chris Willott

Teddy Phidget

A robotic Teddy Bear responds to being petted, and a user can control his legs and head movement

Anand Agarawala

Threads of Time

Presents the current date and time anywhere in the world, and person's schedule and her state at that time.

Toni Quasch

Time Tracker

A doll house where the figurines move according to the time of a user-set location

Erin Wallace

TV Alert

Alerts the viewer to upcoming television programs of interest

John McDonald 2006

Watch Dog

Watchdog monitors movement in a room and Instant Messenger activity of a contact

Liz Friesen

Waterfall Aquarium

An aquarium contains three movable sea creatures and a colored waterfall

Shannon Pokojoy

Waterfall Harp

A water harp plays musical chords as people 'strum' the water

Olive Au

Weather Forecaster

Displays the entire week's weather on a motorized weatherbox and an LCD display, where a touch sensor lets one scroll through the days

Cheng Guo