Neuron

How can we encourage imagination and exploration? Could we use toys to build confidence? How can toys challenge our imagination?

Neuron is a series of plastic construction toys that challenge the perception of defining and building spaces. Its 3 pointed interlocking parts connect magnetically and rotate at its joints creating an imaginative building process. Once connected, the interior space lights up casting shadows that form interesting shapes.


It was important to create learning experiences that are exploratory in nature. Unlike many building blocks that rely on cubes and cuboids that move and can be arranged in limited dimensions, the design imagines a building process that could be harder to predict. It was also important to consider interaction with matter that is not solid in nature, such as light. The resulting experience could strengthen children's appetite for exploration and problem solving in unusual or completely new scenarios.

 

This project was in collaboration with Brunel University and the London School of Economics in April 2013.

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面白い空間を操ることができるプラスチック製玩具のデザイン。3つの方角を向いた部品が磁気によって結合し、回転させることで想像を超えるビルディングプロセスを実現しました。

 

従来の立方体や直方体の部品を使用する積み木や玩具と違い、造りながら結果が予測しにくいプロセスをあえて試しました。接続されると内部のライトが点灯し、興味深い影を写しだす構造です。掴み取ることができない光と影にも触れ合い、想像力を深めることができないかと苦慮しました。結果が予測しにくいような状況でも子供たちが自信をもって向き合い、勇気と冒険心が育まれるように考えました。

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