Child's Play: New Printing and Design Tools

Scientists the world over agree that encouraging the creative tendencies of children is not only helpful to their overall intelligence, but crucial to their mental development. There’s also a lot of fun to be had in playtime activities such as assembling blocks, drawing pictures, and playing on jungle gyms.

While such playtime activities are encouraged during childhood, they're generally expected to be given up by adulthood. But if childhood games can stimulate the brain of a young person, who’s to say they wouldn't work on people who’ve become set in their ways? Several of the world’s most prominent behavioral therapists have asked that very question.

Fine Line

Coloring books have been a staple of children’s playtime for over a century, and their popularity shows no signs of waning. A typical volume consists of vector-like black-and-white images, with color added by the user. Recently, this “childish” past time has seen an increase in popularity among adults as a calming activity for their increasingly stressful lives.

adult coloring book design
Image via The Atlantic.

In a recent piece for The Atlantic, writer Julie Beck argues that, although this appears to fall into the recent trend of adults' recreating childhood activities, coloring is in fact a form of art therapy. “There's something satisfying about seeing your thought and effort create a tangible, pretty thing at a reasonable, predictable pace,” says Beck. “This rarely happens in life.” Beck reports that the technique has proved useful for her in dealing with the pressures of everyday life, and believes it could for many others.

Baby’s First Design Kit

In an increasingly digitized world, it’s easy for both children and parents to look at modern technology as nothing more than an easy distraction for the little ones so that parents can steal a few moments for themselves. But this hasn’t stopped many innovators from using technological tools to teach children practical skills.

can-do children's products
Image via Mental Floss.

Khandu (pronounced “Can Do”) is a forthcoming game created by the Spanish design agency Seven Thinkers. The goal of the card game is to teach children how to think like designers, getting them to come up with and implement ideas. Although the game is currently only available through Seven Thinkers’ Kickstarter campaign, the creators are hoping to have it accepted as part of Pope Francis’s Scholas Occurentas program.

Repeating Patterns

No matter what one’s age, it’s important to have a creative outlet in one's life. The stories above show that age need not decide how one's creativity is expressed. Whether you're an eight-year-old or an eighty-year-old, you should feel free to take a little time out of each day to color the world your own way.

Kickstarter Feature: Wireless Printing Solution

As we've become increasingly connected to mobile devices, we also expect our printers to do the same. Often times, however, the wireless settings on our printers are a bit confusing, or if you have an older printer, non-existent. This makes it difficult to print from your iPad, iPhone or laptop without installing a driver. Thanks to a new Kickstarter for printWiFi, any device will now be able to print documents with ease.

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Go Go, Gadget Dad!

June 15th is Father's Day, which means it's not too late to get the dads in your life something special! We were going to do a craft but decided for a list of some cool gadgets! With a lot of new innovations recently, it seemed wise to be tech savvy this Father's Day. These are by no means an exhaustive list, but we hope they help you pick the perfect gift for the dad in your life!

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Lix, the Amazing 3D Printing Pen

9. May 2014 08:14 by Steve Leigh in Technology News  //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

With all of the 3D printing developments, it's easy to say the industry is overhyped. No, we don't think every home will have a 3D printer, at least not the way the machines are currently designed. But what gets us excited is when 3D printing technology doesn't something that's totally unexpected. Enter LIX, a 1.4 ounce pen that allows you to write and draw objects in 3D. We wanted to talk a little bit more about what LIX can do, and why we're so excited about it!

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A Mini Robotic Printer

As you can tell from our last blog post, 3D printers are all the rage right now! But what about other kinds of printers? Surely the only developments aren't happening with 3D printing. Enter the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer. Measuring only 3.9 by 4.5 inches, this printer allows you to print on-the-go, without the usual limitations of desktop printing. Better yet: it's just 11,000 dollars away from its 400,000 dollar goal on Kickstarter, meaning the printers will ship by January 2015.

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