J. Nathan Matias     MIT Media Lab

I collaborate on technology, research, and communities which empower people to become more creative, more effective, and more informed. I'm a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media and an affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard.

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Balloon Velcro Construction Kit

Autumn 2011

J. Nathan Matias co-creator Jason Haas co-creator MIT Media Lab
Jason Haas Attaching Balloons

Throughout the autumn of 2011, Jason Haas and I experimented with ways to use balloons as construction materials in the spirit of LEGO.

We attached balloons to each other with adhesive velcro strips and tried to build large structures with them. We also held a play-testing session with the entire Media Lab.

Making structures with balloons offers opportunities to construct objects larger than any single person, and to attach individual parts by looking through the semi-transparent balloons.

In playtesting, we noticed that many people feel very tentative about building with balloons. They're hard to inflate and people have strong phobias against popping.

Media Lab Atrium: Balloons Media Lab Atrium: Balloons Feeding the Balloon Snake to the Atrium Novy San Balloon Structure Jason Haas attaching balloons