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hooray for the post!

A nice thing happened this morning – i recieved the design registration for a little toy of mine!

Always nice to get a certificate through the post 🙂

You can see the game in this video:

Now i just have to decide what to do with it!



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Begining to Start to Think

Okay, so i don’t feel ‘like’ other inventors. There are websites. there are clubs. but they don’t feel right.

The world, IMHO, does not need more electric carving knives or rotary toothbrushes. How about products that help people learn or, better yet, help people want to learn? I came up with an idea a while back for a bookmark that will help people doing research – books, dissertations etc. That felt right, or at least along the right lines.

Somehow i want to help people open up their lives a little bit, engage with the scary, uncomfortable but real world. Where i am at the moment it seems like that means less products, not more.

I feel like a politician proposing the dissolution of all governments. And thats not going to be an extremely popular idea. In fact, its scary and uncomfortable.

Play is another thing. Not idle play that is just a distraction, but real play that is inspiring and full of wonder. That, i guess, is why i came up with the marble game.

Learning is the same – not consuming factoids at an ever-increasing rate, but real, inspiring, wonderful learning that helps you look at the world in new and unexpected ways.

I’m not sure what this all adds up to yet, but the direction feels right. As long as i can stay away from this being simply an artistic or aesthetic concept. If i can put this into practice, then that will feel right, to me.



PS: If, for some reason, you do not have full motor control of your arm or wrist, as many people do not, then electric carving knives are a good, helpful product. Thing is; for what proportion of electric carving knife owners is this the case?


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Reading an old teaching resource from 1990, about magnetism in primary schools. i really like magnets – they are so wierd and wonderful! I’m sure its possible to create a toy of some kind that will use magnets in a way not used before. I think they’re really under-used… doubtless you’ve seen many magnetic toys, but, really, they’e mostly the same kind of stuff.

Some people also think they’re dangerous… fair enough.

However, i still think their propertie are underused. IUsually its just ‘clunk’, magnets go together, ‘schtunk’ magnets come apart. How about something more subtle? This video on Youtube has an interesting use – go to7 mins 8 secs to see.


Anyway, this thought goes on the back burner until its fermented nicely, then i mioght be able to grow something from it..

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