I'm always on the lookout for new toys. (Of course it also helps that I'm the father of four children --- although my wife claims at times to have five children...)
Toys can provide great examples of industrial and interactive design, as well as being jumping off points for exhibit prototyping projects or even for jazzing up team meetings.
So here are two cool toys I've been playing with recently for you to try out:
The Pumponator Balloon Pumping Station
The second toy is called Big Bang Rocket and as the name implies, you can make some noise with it!
This clever toy let you load squares of newspaper (or other paper-like materials like leaves) into the "blast chamber." Then you throw the Rocket into the air and it comes down on its squishy rubber top to force air blasting through the paper with a loud BANG!
So try out the toys above or take some time to troll through the aisles of your local toy store for some design inspiration --- the worst thing that happens is you end up with a new toy to play with!
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