As adults, we often look at the variety of toys available to our children with awe and wonder. They have toys we couldn’t have even fathomed at their ages, namely due to a lack of technology. Recently, some researchers took things a step further by using 3D printing services to create some of the most advanced toys the world has ever seen.
Building the Future with bionicTOYS
Marcel Pasternak, a product designer in Berlin, Germany and a self-proclaimed Lego enthusiast, announced what may become the hottest toy on the market in very short order – bionicTOYS. These “blocks” are designed to mimic natural, biological movements in such a way that children can build absolutely anything their hearts desire. Currently, bionicTOYS are patent-pending, and they can simulate natural actions like a swimming fish or a grasping lobster claw. In fact, it’s not just the kids who are excited – parents can’t wait to get their hands on these toys, either.
Construction-Based Play with a Twist
The pieces included in bionicTOYS sets are bright, colorful, and incredibly easy to use. What’s more, they’re designed to allow children, parents, teachers, and caregivers to use their imaginations in creating a variety of different animals or other designs. They’re simple enough to be fun, but they’re realistic enough to serve as valuable teaching tools. The materials and the 3D printing process creates designs that mimic the basics of physics, math, and even bionics, so they can teach kids about things like recoil, potential energy, friction, and even elasticity.
Right now, bionicTOYS playsets are available exclusively on Kickstarter, a website designed to help up-and-coming companies with great ideas build the capital they need to expand. Standard sets are priced at $16 to $84, and they contain enough pieces to make one item. There are also larger sets with pieces to make entire animals or other things, and these range from $126 to $306. To keep things fun (and interesting), the manufacturer does not include instructions as they want kids and their parents to use their imaginations. There are instructional videos on the company’s website, though.
The Future of bionicTOYS
With the Kickstarter campaign going well, Pasternak says he has big plans for the company once it’s over. He plans to produce his bricks in Germany using injection molding 3D printing technology, and because he’ll use thermoplastic polyurethane, or TPU, along with a food contract certification, the product will be safe for children who are three years of age and older. He plans to make two different flexibilities available; the Stretchy Flexibility with gripping flexibility, and the Boogy brick, which is stronger, but still flexible. Amazingly, these small bricks can support up to 44lbs of weight before breaking or tearing.
Not only are bionicTOYS just plain cool and fun to use, but they also provide caregivers and teachers with an amazing opportunity to teach basic skills to even very young children. It’s toys like these that parents want to see their kids use, and even the parents themselves can have a blast building frogs that jump, sharks that swim, and claws that grasp.
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