Talking Families: Part 2

Between September 17 and October 15, kids aged 10 to 14 and their parents/caregivers are participating in a MoMA Family Art Workshop connected to the Talk to Me exhibition. After viewing and discussing objects in the exhibition, the family groups have developed their own communication-related inventions. We have invited them to share their projects here.

Inventors: Clara and Mo Malekshahi
Age of inventors: 12 and 50
Invention: A Pet For You

This pet simulator allows people to virtually interact with a pet before buying one. Are you and the pet compatible? Sensors placed on the hands register your reactions to the pet in order to help determine your compatibility.

Inventors: Casey and Nancy Ryan
Age of inventors: 13 and 13+
Invention: Rewarding Jewelry

This line of jewelry contains a chip that takes the place of a typical rewards card, or other cumbersome object used at stores and in other transactions. Stylish and attractive, this jewelry can be taken off and connected to a computer to recharge before going out. Men’s and women’s lines are available, and a children’s line may come out soon.

Inventors: Allie, Bobby, Bob, Allison
Age of inventors: 10, 13, 45, 45
Invention: Monitor Caddy

Monitor Caddy is a laptop with built-in cup holders and other space-saving devices. The Caddy helps manage space, keeping important papers on the desk safe from inopportune spills. The Caddy is also a time saver, as it keeps food and work close together.

Inventors: Maria and Pablo Elizaga
Age of inventors: 11 and 42
Invention title: Electronic Closet

What to wear? Using a touchscreen, mix and match your outfits. Choose from different categories like “Casual, Work, Sports, Home, etc.” in order to find the perfect look. Once you make your choice onscreen, the closet opens and presents your outfit.

Inventor: Ricky
Age of inventor: 12
Invention: Robot
This robot plays your favorite music and prepares meals for you. The Robot has voice recognition software in its feet and will not do anything for anyone other than its owner.

Inventor: Sam
Age of inventor: 12
Invention: Time Machine

The time machine will take you to any place and time. If you did not like something that happened during one year, hit the replay button and it will replay the event over again and you can change it. You can also undo any changes you’ve made once you’ve returned to your own time.

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  1. Posted January 13, 2012 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    OK.. I understand most of what you are saying but it is a lot to digest. I know it will sink in later on. Your writing is concise and to the point. By the way, Talking Families: Part 2 was a great choice for a title.

  2. Posted March 10, 2012 at 7:09 am | Permalink

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