Former Apple Exec Creates High-Tech Building Blocks To Teach Kids Programming - PSFK

The Boulder, Colorado-based Seamless Toy Company has created a set of modular, high-tech building blocks called ATOMS. Founded by Michael Rosenblatt, who has worked at MIT and Apple, the company aims to help teach kids programming by creating toys that can do all sorts of exciting things.

Former Apple Exec Creates High-Tech Building Blocks To Teach Kids Programming

Gigaom reports that Rosenblatt wanted to make something that encourages kids to interact with electronics, even if they don’t have tech-savvy parents. ATOMS don’t require any electronics skills or programming experience. The company is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, and will introduce a selection of different sets at launch.

Former Apple Exec Creates High-Tech Building Blocks To Teach Kids Programming

Sifteo launches intelligent blocks as a new form of entertainment | VentureBeat
Sifteo, a table-top game  startup, is announcing today that it has begun selling intelligent  blocks known as Sifteo Cubes. These devices are like little dominoes  with displays on one side.
The cubes are wireless, motion-aware 1.5-inch blocks with full-color  screens that create unique interactions when moved, tilted, rotated and  placed next to one another. Merrill referred to this as “intelligent  play,” inspired by games such as dominoes, Tetris, and Sudoku. The  devices are really embedded computers, armed with ARM Cortex M3  processors. Merrill said Sifteo created its own wireless protocol so the  blocks could talk to each other within a range of a few inches, without  consuming too much power. The blocks can connect to a USB stick on a  computer within about a 20-feet range. The batteries last about four  hours.
The Sifteo Cubes are a clever creation, but will consumers pay for  them? You pay $149 for three Sifteo Cubes and $45 for each additional  one. Downloadable games cost around $5. If the idea takes off, Sifteo  will succeed in creating a new form of entertainment that combines video  games, physical board games, building blocks and toys. It may be a  tough sell, but there’s no doubt that the company has something very  creative on its hands.

Sifteo launches intelligent blocks as a new form of entertainment | VentureBeat

Sifteo, a table-top game startup, is announcing today that it has begun selling intelligent blocks known as Sifteo Cubes. These devices are like little dominoes with displays on one side.

The cubes are wireless, motion-aware 1.5-inch blocks with full-color screens that create unique interactions when moved, tilted, rotated and placed next to one another. Merrill referred to this as “intelligent play,” inspired by games such as dominoes, Tetris, and Sudoku. The devices are really embedded computers, armed with ARM Cortex M3 processors. Merrill said Sifteo created its own wireless protocol so the blocks could talk to each other within a range of a few inches, without consuming too much power. The blocks can connect to a USB stick on a computer within about a 20-feet range. The batteries last about four hours.

The Sifteo Cubes are a clever creation, but will consumers pay for them? You pay $149 for three Sifteo Cubes and $45 for each additional one. Downloadable games cost around $5. If the idea takes off, Sifteo will succeed in creating a new form of entertainment that combines video games, physical board games, building blocks and toys. It may be a tough sell, but there’s no doubt that the company has something very creative on its hands.

AI: Analytics Innovators: Episode 3 (Siftables, AcrossAir and Mir:ror)

This web video series features ground-breaking companies, services and products that epitomize the era of new intelligence that IBM’s Business Analytics & Optimization Services was born into.

This episode includes:

  • Siftables, cookie-sized toys… computers with motion sensing, neighbor detection, graphical display, and wireless communication.
  • AcrossAir’s Nearest Tube augmented reality app for the iPhone, which now works for the NYC Subway system
  • Mir:ror from a company called violet, that provides smart tags for everyday objects.

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What are Siftables?

Siftables are cookie-sized computers with motion sensing, neighbor detection, graphical display, and wireless communication. They act in concert to form a single interface: users physically manipulate them - piling, grouping, sorting - to interact with digital information and media. Siftables provides a new platform on which to implement tangible, visual and mobile applications.

Siftables