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Laser Pegs construction set

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20130313-133506.jpgLaser Pegs are a construction set featuring lights in the pieces. When connected to a power source, power travels through the creations from brick to brick, lighting the whole construction. An iPad app lets users to remote control lights and design unique models.

Laser Pegs is a LED lighted construction set for children. Laser Pegs light up by using long-lasting LED lights inside the building blocks. A science toy in disguise, it enables children to create limitless designs or just have fun piecing light together while at the same time teaching them how light travels. Laser Pegs pieces are also compatible with other major building block sets such as Lego.

The next generation of Laser Pegs toys will allow users to control the lights on their creations using an The iPad app also features a 3D construction kit. Using the drag-and-drop interface, users are able to build without limitation, and then order their design to receive it in the mail. “You can design whatever you want to design – any shape, any size”, Jon Capriola, CEO at Laser Pegs promises. Users will be able to share their creations via Facebook and Twitter. Construction manuals can also be compiled and shared. Capriola also said that Laser Pegs is considering holding design contests for kids. “We’re trying to make a community.”


Author: Heikki Tyni

Heikki Tyni is a researcher at Tampere University Game Research Lab. His work concentrates on the game industry, and specifically on game production studies.

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