Siftables: The future of sequencing?

I previously wrote about Touch OSC which gives the you ability to make your own user interface. The engineers at the MIT Media Lab have come up with devices called Siftables which they describe as

“cookie-sized computers with motion sensing, neighbor detection, graphical display, and wireless communication.”

Confused? It’s a bit like having each element of the user interface as it’s own physical object. Still confused? Check the video below to get a bit of an idea of what’s going on.

Siftables Music Sequencer from Jeevan Kalanithi on Vimeo.

It all looks pretty exciting and brings digital musicians that one step closer to their instrument playing cousins. These things are due on sale in the near future so if it takes your fancy check out the official site for more details.

Here’s a slightly more in-depth explanation for the curious among you.