Engadget visits NYU's ITP Spring 2004 Show

We managed somehow to find the time last week to hit NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program Spring Show, where all the grad students show off whatever crazy projects they're working on (a few of the kids there are responsible for Dodgeball and Pac-Manhattan). Here are a few of the highlights, or at least the ones we remembered to snap photos of:

digital locket

USB Flash drives are a dime a dozen these days, but the Digital Locket, which is handcrafted and made out of sterling silver with 18 karat gold inlay, is meant hold something a lot more valuable than corporate secrets and PowerPoint presentations — your precious memories. We forgot to ask how many of your precious memories it can store.


Next up is Socialight, which we'd describe as an amped up version of Dodgeball (which is itself sort of a mobile version of Friendster). It involves signing up for yet another of those friend of a friend social network websites, but if you have a phone that can run the Socialight software and that supports location-based services (right now only the Nokia 6600 fits the bill) you can see if your friends (and your friends' friends) are in the area or leave messages for your pals around town that they'll only pick up when they actually pass through that specific location.



Lego-type construction blocks called Glowlees that light up when they're connnected together.

Floating Plant TV

The Floating Plant TV, which as you may have guessed, is a television that hangs from the ceiling. The part that's hard to tell from the photo is that it has an attached video camera so that it can "watch the watchers".

Blkac Box

We had to explained what this one was. We knew it was a black box, but it turns out it's a black box with a webcam in it. The only way to see inside is to visit the web address for the cam,, which seems to be down right now. We forget to check when we got home, so now we may never know what was contained within.


And finally, a colored LED display called Glowbits with individual lights that can be programmed to move forward and backward as well as spell out different words and phrases.