Ever wish you could interact with your emails in a more tangible way? Designer Ted Hayes from Limina Studio in New York has come up with a creative way of making it possible: by linking his inbox to a toy gun that blows soap bubbles each time he gets an email. "I like the idea of physically manifesting otherwise ephemeral electronic information," he says. "I thought it would be fun to have a kind of magical indicator of the arrival of new email which is otherwise rather banal."
The simple project is just one example of a growing movement to connect physical objects to the web, creating an "Internet of things". Electronics hobbyists have already built more complex systems, such as an automated network in a home that allows lights, gates and doors to be controlled from a web site.