J. Nathan Matias     MIT Media Lab

I am a computational social scientist who works with millions of people in citizen behavioral science toward a fairer, safer, more understanding internet. I advance this work through CivilServant and as a postdoc at Princeton University departments of Psychology, Sociology, and Center for Information Technology Policy.

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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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