Olars is an experimental electronic toy designed by Lars Marcus Vedeler and Ola Vågsholm. Interactive toys and electronics is one of many topics taught interaction design at the master level at AHO. Here is an excerpt from Olars’ website:
Olars is an electronic interactive toy inspired by Karl Sims’ evolved virtual creatures. Having thousands of varieties in movement and behaviour by attaching different geometrical limbs, modifying the angle of these, twisting the body itself, and by adjusting the deflection of the motorised joints, results in both familiar and strange motion patterns.
Olars has received wide media coverage, including on Fast Company .
Ola Vågsholm & Lars Marcus Vedeler
Tangible interactions 2010