KonneKt Now on Kickstarter!

 

Children playing 1

Earlier this year I did a blog post about KonneKt, an award winning toy for isolated children to play with other children using the window between their hospital rooms and the hallway, designed by Job Jansweijer. It’s been a few months but now it is on Kickstarter!

The game KonneKt transforms the window between the isolated child and the non-isolated child into a canvas
for play. The game consists of foam shapes that can be attached to the window between the room of the
isolated child and the hallway using suction cups and magnets. By combining the shapes in different ways,
children can play games such as tic tac toe, connect four, or build together to make a fantasy world with a
dragon and a castle, or a jungle. Because the game can be used in so many ways, it is interesting for both boys
and girls of different ages.

Children playing 4 (Credit photographer Frans van Beek)

 

The goal of the Kickstarter campaign is to give a KonneKt game to 100 hospitals. People who want to support
KonneKt can choose for a ‘Buy one+Give one’ option: they buy one game, and donate the same game to one of
the participating hospitals. They can also choose to buy one game, which they can either keep themselves, or
give to a hospital. The aim is to collect the needed €30,000 euro in 40 days. The pledged amount will only be
charged if the aim of the Kickstarter campaign is met.

Portrait Job Jansweijer 1 (Credit photographer  Hans Stakelbeek)

 

So go support a cool product and awesome designer on the Kickstarter!

Playing With Senses: Perceptible chess game

 

What makes a toy a good toy? Room for sensory discovery, imagination and creativity. Research that Makiko Shinoda has done on the relationship between children and their toys shows that these elements are not found as often in plastic toys or computer games in which form and function are standardized. But there is a different way. A universal toy set that evolves over time and with a child’s age. While toddlers can use the set as building blocks, older children can play chess with it. A game of chess as a metaphor in which generations, cultures, ethnicities can meet. The pieces in the game do not look like chess pieces; they vary in weight, smell, material, form and texture and this allows the players to mould the game in whichever way they choose. A toy for a lifetime.

Lasercut Boxing Kangaroo Toys Instructable

I finally posted an instructable tutorial for this project!

Rock'em Sock'em Kangaroos!

Please go check it out here!

Kangaroo Toy Update

This is an update from an earlier post that showed my plans to build a boxing kangaroo toy. The template was made in Illustrator on a 12″x24″ document (now .pdf). Here is the template with all the parts outlined in case you want to use it:

Kangaroo Template

Here is the final out come after it was built:

Kangaroo Toy

It was laser cut from 1/4″ acrylic and aluminum tubes are holding it together. I also put some rubberbands over the wheels for better traction. I now think I should make a blue one so I’ll have rock’em sock’em kangaroos.

Kangaroo Toy Concept

Perspective Sketches

Orthographic Sketches

Marker Sketch

These are my concept sketches for a kangaroo boxing toy I want to create. The perspective and the orthographic sketches are done on 18″x24″ and the marker is done on 14″x17″. I have almost finished the template and will go to the fabrication lab to go print it out on the laser cutter. I’m hoping to print it out in acrylic and use aluminum tubing to put it together. Wish me luck!