J. Nathan Matias     MIT Media Lab

I collaborate on technology, research, and communities which empower people to become more creative, more effective, and more informed. I'm a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media and an affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard.

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TICKLE: : The Toy Interface Construction Kit Learning Environment

4 Sep 2012

J. Nathan Matias co-creator Eric Rosenbaum co-creator sugru supplier
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What do you call a cross between Tinkertoys, K'Nex, Gears, wooden blocks and a plastic boat? My friend Eric Rosenbaum and I are trying to find out. We're inspired by Golan Levin and Shawn Sims's Free Universal Construction Kit, which allows anyone with a 3D printer to connect previously-incompatible construction toys. We love that Golan and Shawn released their designs with a Creative Commons license, but 3D printers remain far too expensive for most poeple.

The Toy Interface Construction Kit Learning Environment (T.I.C.K.L.E.) is a universal construction kit for the rest of us. It doesn't require 3D printers or CAD skills. Instead, we're using Sugru, a self-setting rubber material.


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