Have you ever sat in a playroom or family room, and looked out over a seemingly endless sea of construciton toy pieces (the flotsam and jetsom of Lego, K'Nex, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys and more) and mused to yourself: Wouldn't it be cool if you could connect all these different pieces together into a meta-construction set.
Check out a website named “The Free Universal Construction Kit.” They have created special download that allows you to join your various blocks, sticks and bristles together.
Here is how they put it:
The Free Universal Construction Kit is a collection of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten popular children’s construction toys. By allowing any piece to mate with any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems — enabling radically hybrid Constructivist play and the creation of heretofore impossible designs.
It goes on to say:
adapters can be downloaded from Thingiverse.com and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in .STL format, suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot (an inexpensive, open-source 3D printer).
In other words, if you have your own 3D printer, you can download the program and print out your own connectors. If you don’t, The Free Universal Construction Kit website suggests that you visit Ponoko.com, Shapeways or QuickParts, websites that can print the connectors out on your behalf and mail it to you.
The folks behind this are F.A.T. (Free Art & Technology) and Sy-Lab. Has anyone from the toy industry reached out to F.A.T., Sy-Lab or Makerbot? Should they be at Toy Fair? It might be wise to do so…sooner than later.