Here is an old talk from J.J. Abrams called “The Mystery Box” and a new talk from Jay Silver called “Hack a banana, make a keyboard!” Hopefully these two talks can add a little humor to your day.
From TED: Filmed, March 2007 (18:02)
J.J. Abrams: The mystery box
J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias — back to its magical beginnings.
Writer, director and producer J.J. Abrams makes smart, addictive dramas like TV’s Lost, and films like Cloverfield and the new Star Trek.
If you want more information about J.J. Abrams check out @bad_robot his production company.
From TED: Filmed, Apr 2013 (13:16)
Jay Silver: Hack a banana, make a keyboard!
Why can’t two slices of pizza be used as a slide clicker? Why shouldn’t you make music with ketchup? In this charming talk, inventor Jay Silver talks about the urge to play with the world around you. He shares some of his messiest inventions, and demos MaKey MaKey, a kit for hacking everyday objects.
Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum’s MaKey MaKey kit lets you turn everyday objects into computer interfaces — inspiring both fun and practical new inventions.
If you want more information about Jay Silver check out @wakeupsilver and http://web.media.mit.edu/~silver/