Hi, I’m Dan. Together with my partner, Saki, we run Playfool, a design studio with a mission to create opportunities that spark imagination and cultivate creativity through play.

Over our last few articles, we’ve bootlegged barcodes and outsmarted AR to stretch the creative limits of LEGO Super Mario and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Now that we’ve pushed the play potential of each individually, only one question remains: can you combine them together?

Combining the Marios

So, before we can combine the gameplay of LEGO Mario and Mario Kart Live, we need to combine them physically first. …


Hi, I’m Dan. Together with my partner, Saki, we run Playfool, a design studio with a mission to create opportunities that spark imagination and cultivate creativity through play.

As you’ve probably guessed, we’ve recently got our hands on Nintendo’s latest creativity-stimulating experience, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. Similar to LEGO Mario, Mario Kart Live brings Mario into the real world for you to create all sorts of courses right in your home.

Using AR marked gates, the game will magically transform any route you desire into a raceable track filled with various augmented obstacles and items. Impressive!

Nintendo’s actually provided…


Hi, I’m Dan. Together with my partner, Saki, we run Playfool, a design studio with a mission to create opportunities that spark imagination and cultivate creativity through play.

As you can imagine, I’ve loved seeing Nintendo’s recent innovative and creativity-stimulating experiments such as Nintendo LABO, the latest of which being Lego Super Mario. Using special, interactive bricks, you can build all sorts of courses for Mario to hop around, collect coins and smash some goombas.

While the set was fun to build, unfortunately, the overall experience wore thin quick. Perhaps I’m just too old, but even for kids, I think…


Hi, I’m Dan. Together with my partner, Saki, we run Studio Playfool, a design studio with a mission to create opportunities that spark imagination and cultivate creativity through play. Applying our background in design and engineering, we’ve been realising our vision through award-winning products and experiences.

We created Knotty (2018), a simple creative tool for kids to learn, create and play with technology through an intuitive and innovative knot tying interaction. Our Playfool Workshop (2017) allowed professionals to nurture their creativity through a series of unique and playful activities. …


In this tutorial I’ll explain how you can connect the machine learning software Wekinator with Arduino, enabling you to combine basic machine learning with any gizmo-like project you desire.

Introduction & Motivation

Developed by Dr. Rebecca Fiebrink and named after the flightless Weka bird, Wekinator is a free machine learning software that enables artists, musicians and beyond to easily integrate basic machine learning capabilities into any project. In combination with Arduino, Wekinator has great potential in opening up a new dimension of interaction, allowing makers to experiment with and understand the capabilities of machine learning on a whole new level. …

Dan Coppen

Co-founder @studioplayfool. Co-creator of @itsalivegame

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