Irregular-Shaped Building Blocks Let Kids Build Ultra-Modern Skyscrapers

Hot Wheels doesn't sell tiny die-cast horse and buggies to kids these days, so why would anyone assume that children would want to build ancient castles with building blocks? Areaware's Blockitecture set—designed by James Paulius—instead features a collection of irregularly-shaped wooden blocks that can be stacked and… » 3/24/15 10:10am 3/24/15 10:10am

This Modular Smartwatch Could Have As Many Days Of Battery As You Want

One of the biggest problems with powerful smartwatches is battery life. Who wants to charge their watch every night? But what if your watch was made of modular blocks and you could add as many batteries as you like? » 1/08/15 8:22pm 1/08/15 8:22pm

Just Play With the Blocks On These Turntables To Make Music

We've heard a lot about tangible interfaces for gadgets lately—but what about tangible interfaces for music? Per Holmquist, a Swedish designer, built just that: Beat Blox, a "turntable" that makes beats based on where you place tiny blocks on its face. » 9/03/14 6:03pm 9/03/14 6:03pm

Self-Stacking Building Blocks Are Nothing Short of Magic

Deciding that the lowly building block was due for an upgrade, researchers at MIT have created something amazing. The simple-looking M-Blocks are made from an aluminum frame filled with electronics, an electric motor that can spin up to 20,000 rpm, and a flywheel. And they can perform some amazing feats without any… » 4/16/14 1:20pm 4/16/14 1:20pm

Interactive Blocks Are Sure To Lure Kids Back To Wooden Marble Mazes

Kids these days don't want to play with wooden blocks—they want to play wooden block games on a tablet. But Felix Heibeck has come up with a wonderful way to lure kids away from their touchscreens by adding electronic and interactive blocks to those wooden marble mazes, cleverly bridging both worlds. » 10/04/13 3:39pm 10/04/13 3:39pm

Put Your Kids To Work On A Two-Tier Lego Chandelier

It's really sad. No one can just build a chandelier anymore because their patron commissioned it for his feast hall. They all need a gimmick. Gauche. But this floor-to-ceiling design is made of 8,000 clear-plastic legos and looks pretty amazing, so let's let it go. This time. » 4/14/13 11:00am 4/14/13 11:00am

What Kid Wouldn't Want This Nuclear Power Plant Playset?

Cars, boats, trains, planes. They're all pretty standard kids' toys, and there's nothing wrong with them either. But maybe you want your offspring to get too familiar with something a little more sophisticated at that formative age. How about some nuclear power plant blocks? » 1/26/13 9:00am 1/26/13 9:00am

Eames House Alphabet Blocks: M Is For "Make Your Kids Cooler"

Terrible aesthetics and children's toys go hand in hand. Barbie's "Dreamhouse" is an uninspired architectural disaster, and the font used on most alphabet blocks leaves design-minded parents actually missing Comic Sans. But what's the alternative? How about a set of alphabet blocks with beautiful typography and… » 1/22/13 10:19am 1/22/13 10:19am

Building Block Coffee Table: Bored Kids and Hip Decors Unite!

Was there anything worse when you were a kid than visiting someone whose home was completely devoid of toys? An hour of conversation felt like a lifetime of boredom, but this building block coffee table ensures you never put kids through that same torture in your own home. » 5/14/12 2:20pm 5/14/12 2:20pm

Life Imitating Tetris

Everywhere you look you see blocks. Everywhere you go you hear "Korobeiniki". Every step you take, you know that the ground beneath you could cruelly disappear, though at least you'd have some bonus points to show for it... » 6/05/10 9:30pm 6/05/10 9:30pm

China Blocks IMDb Site After Google Refuses To Censor Search Results

Mere days after Google stuck it to the man and refused to continue censoring search results in China, the country has put on its list of inaccessible sites. [The Reg via TechRadar] » 1/14/10 6:25am 1/14/10 6:25am

Bloxels: Imagine Playing With These Building Blocks as a Whippersnapper

Bloxels. Bloxels bloxels BLOXELS. If you say the word, you can kind of understand where designer Jinha Lee got his inspiration from for this special-looking display prototype which adapts depending on which blocks you stack next to one another. » 12/23/09 1:40pm 12/23/09 1:40pm

Wooden Blocks Finally Updated So Santa's Elves Cannot Make Them

Wooden blocks and rocking horses are all Santa's elves, with their stupid hammers and chisels, have been able to make for a while now. And now, by sticking magnets inside of blocks, we've even made those too advanced for them. » 12/10/09 7:03pm 12/10/09 7:03pm

Lumino Project: Next-Generation Lego Crossed With Microsoft Surface

Lumino may look like generic building blocks, but it actually marks a new phase in the life of Microsoft Surface: The recognition of the third dimension. The UI implications are pretty staggering. » 12/08/09 11:20pm 12/08/09 11:20pm

Puzzle Calendar is Not LEGO Compatible

The last LEGO-ish calendar we saw was kinda boring, but that's definitely not the way we'd describe this Puzzle Calendar (not affiliated with LEGO). It features the days of the week as the top row, which you have to rearrange eveyr month in order to make a correct calendar. What's even better is that if you really,… » 6/20/08 11:40am 6/20/08 11:40am

Twistalamp Makes K'nex Lovers Nostaligic

The Twistalamp is basically nothing more than some resin blocks with LED lights inside to make it glow. The eye-catching feature, however, is the multiple configurations that you can make by snapping the blocks together much like a set of K'nex or Legos. Each set comes with four blocks, but you could string together… » 11/28/07 2:40pm 11/28/07 2:40pm

Kid-Sized Tetris Blocks

Similar to the Tetris Magnets and Tetris Shelves, these Tetris blocks are made for children 4 and up to fool around and smack each other with. Great for building up your kids' spacial recognition and organizational skills as well. » 2/14/07 7:50pm 2/14/07 7:50pm