Magnetic wallpaper

It’s called Interactive Magnetic Dino Wallpaper and is the winner of the latest edition of the Etsy design awards. It consists of a wallpaper that incorporates a magnetic material. This allows you to hook small characters that can be moved. The result is that a wall becomes a huge space where children can express their imagination and build their stories in a simple and attractive way.

The designer of this innovative product is called Sian Zeng, and ensures that the wallpaper, despite being in some backward movement as a decorative element, can give a huge personality in the decoration of a house, and especially to children’s rooms. In addition, with this new proposal, creativity and imagination are stimulated.

The proposal that won the prize is drawn by hand, and includes a stage full of forests, mountains and dinosaurs. The complementary elements that can be pasted are more dinosaurs, explorers, helicopters and other essential characters to build a great adventure on the wall of the room. Sian Zeng is already working with new designs to expand its product range.

https://www.sianzeng.com/collections/magnetic-wallpapers

https://www.etsy.com/es/listing/195544231/magnetic-dino-wallpaper-verde-amarillo?ref=finds_e

Perfect glasses for your child

A small start-up from Ohio, in the United States, offers glasses that perfectly fit the size and structure of your son or daughter’s face, and, best of all, at a reasonable price. The secret is in the use of 3D printing technology.

Fitz Frames only manufactures unique glasses and on demand. The user must download an application for the mobile and with it first choose the style of glasses they like (mainly shape and colors). Then you must use the app to measure the structure of your face, and the order is launched. A 3D printer manufactures the custom glasses and once you have the frame the necessary crystals are added, including those that have an eye doctor’s prescription. In a few days the glasses are sent home for a price of 95 dollars.

The business model is round. The company must not have any type of stock, customers get a unique product at a reasonable price and that adapts perfectly to the needs. And, of course, that can be repeated every time the boy or girl has grown and has changed the shape of the face. As if that were not enough, and knowing how difficult it is for children not to break or lose their glasses, they offer a subscription service of $ 185 per year with as many spare glasses as necessary.

https://www.fitzframes.com/

Fighting the fake news

Internet is a dangerous environment for children. In a few clicks you can find all kinds of images and comments or even be subject to attacks. For this reason, in 2017 Google launched an Internet literacy program called Be Internet Awesome, which aims to help children between 7 and 11 years to make safe use of the network. And a few months ago this program was expanded with new content aimed at detecting fake news.

This new pack of Be Internet Awesome includes six lessons designed by experts in education and designed to be used in the classroom. The lessons include all kinds of materials and activities to teach students to detect if the contents are false, if they have been taken out of context or if they are published with harmful objectives. In one of them called “Frame It”, for example, they explain how adding or removing an item from an image can totally modify the meaning of the content.

The program is completely free and available in 9 different languages, including English and Spanish.

 

https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/

Creative stationery

How to add value to an eraser? The challenge does not seem minor, but two Japanese companies have recently achieved it.

The Seed company has been the first to invent a transparent rubber called Clear Radar. After 5 years of research and testing he has managed to manufacture and market a rubber that allows to see exactly what is being erased. This product can now be found in virtually any stationery store in Japan.

Other companies in the sector have also been working on solutions to improve the performance or appeal of their erasers. And one of the most successful has been Plus Stationery, which has developed a rubber that as it is used takes the form of Mount Fuji, the sacred mountain of Japan. Therefore, what begins as an eraser ends as an object of remembrance and homage to a symbol loved by all. At the moment the rubber has gone on the market as a limited edition and with an approximate price of 2 euros, and has already had an excellent reception.

 

https://mymodernmet.com/transparent-eraser/

https://bungu.plus.co.jp/product/correct/eraser/air-in/fujisan.html

Spot

A lot of technology and few screen. This is the basic recipe of Spot, an innovative toy developed by New Deal Design and that, at the moment, is still in the prototype phase.

It is a device that integrates an optical lens, object recognition software and machine learning technology. The result is an object that is shaped like a hand dryer and that identifies the things it finds in nature. Once recognized, the device translates with voice the explanation of what it has seen. In addition, once the discovery phase is over, Spot transforms the collection of things into a story with a narrative thread that changes as new things are incorporated. This story is narrated with voice but can also be projected on any surface from the same device.

Spot is a toy that applies the latest technology to encourage children between the ages of 5 and 9 to go outside or to nature and investigate their surroundings. It is a technologically very advanced instrument but designed to stimulate your interest, your learning and your personal growth away from the screens.

 

https://thisisspot.com/

Coloring without Borders

Coloring without Borders is a beautiful unfinished children’s book made by 80 artists from all over the world. Each illustration shows a scene that the reader must complete with his imagination, drawing and painting what the text suggests and the illustration that has been found. The book is aimed at all those creatures that for political reasons cannot be with their whole family.

The objective of the project is to eliminate the limits that we often put in our imagination and that of our sons and daughters, and to help this increasingly large group that will suffer a childhood marked by the absence of any of their parents.

Coloring without Borders has been an initiative of the NGO Families Belong Together, which has a presence in 700 cities around the world, although its main activity takes place in the United States. The book can be purchased online at a price of $25.

 

https://www.familiesbelongtogether.org/coloring-without-borders/

Toyi: Anything could be a toy

Possibly one of the most surprising and imaginative proposals of recent years. Toyi are packages of 32, 64 or 640 pieces. In fact, they are pieces, containers, tapes, rubber bands, buttons… things that were launched at some point and that this Turkish entrepreneurial company has recovered, cleaned and grouped so that, in each package there are necessary items to convert those pieces in a toy. Of course, it must be the boy or girl who with his ability and imagination builds an object that allows him to play. And is that Toyi packs come without instructions. It is about the user transforming the pieces into a game from freedom and creativity, without rules and without a structured game.

Toyi’s values ​​are those of the 21st century: recycling, empowerment, creativity, imagination and equality, because anyone can do the same thing that Toyi offers without buying its innovative pieces packs, which incidentally cost €20, €35 and €295 . Of course, this company has attracted the attention of the media specialized in innovation and business issues.

 

https://toyi.io/en/

The Wonder

“The Wonder is designed to make family life more cheerful. It is a space for recreation, experiences and human connection for all ages. You can relax with friends while your children play, or turn off the phone and pick up a brush with your son (without dirtying his floor) The days are long and the years are short: we make the most of it. ”

With this introduction, The Wonder wants to convince fathers and mothers to pay an annual fee of $ 4,800 so that their sons and daughters can enjoy this innovative space located in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York. It is a service inspired by the philosophy of spaces such as the popular WeWork, in which in exchange for a generous fee, you can enjoy quality services in a more exclusive environment. In The Wonder there are all kinds of toys, costumes, books and other elements for children’s fun. Training classes are given. Tales are told. You can also find a children’s buffet menu of healthy products, biodegradable diapers and all kinds of organic body lotions. But, in addition, the details are taken care of to the fullest, to the point that in the space of leaving the strollers a person passes the vacuum cleaner to clean them of the crumbs that may have caused the children on the way to The Wonder.

The Wonder opened last September after getting 2 million euros from investors who fully trust the idea.

 

https://thewonder.us/

Creating kid’s friendly spaces

With the rise of the so-called concept stores the demand for the creation of spaces designed for the experimentation of children has also grown. And to meet this demand, companies such as International Kids Concepts were born. With offices in the Netherlands and China, and a production plant in the Asian country, this company designs and installs playgrounds, that is, playgrounds and experimentation for all types of establishments: shops, restaurants, offices, hospitals…

Combining their knowledge of how to play, IKC creates powerful products that transform any room into a cozy environment for children. The goal is to make the children feel happy and can be themselves through the concepts of creative and educational play. According to IKC, it is shown that with a corner of games you get more visitors, more customers, higher income and a more relaxed atmosphere in any establishment. It is what they call “the power of the game”.

 

https://www.ikcplay.com/

Reusable diapers

One of the products that generate more waste is diapers. For many months, families end up throwing away many kilos of cellulose that cannot be recovered in any way. That is why numerous alternatives begin to appear in the form of cloth diapers, very similar to those used by our grandparents.

One of the most innovative solutions in this line are the diapers that Luisa Kahlfeldt has designed: the Sumo Diapers. They are manufactured with SeaCell, a fabric made with the fibers of algae and eucalyptus, naturally antibacterial materials and completely appropriate for the baby skin. They have three layers: a soft and absorbent interior, an absorbent core and a waterproof, leak-proof exterior. With the technology of the Swiss textile company Schoeller, diapers remain waterproof without compromising their ability to wash, biodegrade or recycle. The design of the Sumo diapers won the James Dyson Award.

 

https://www.luisakahlfeldt.com/

https://www.dezeen.com/2019/10/21/sumo-nappies-luisa-kahlfeldt-james-dyson-award/