See behind-the-scenes on the Soho-based studio’s papercraft project to explain how the Google Bloks hardware teaches coding to kids.
Google Bloks is Google’s attempt to get kids coding. It’s an open hardware platform that uses physical blocks that children push together to create chains of controls and commands. These ‘Pucks’ include knobs, switches and buttons – which can be made out of anything – even paper with conductive inks and paints like Bare Conductive.
These Pucks are connected to Base Boards to make them work, which communicate with a central Brain Board that acts as the, well, brain of the whole system. The Brain Board communicates wirelessly with other devices, so you could use the Pucks to control a car or send tweets or whatever your imagination can come up with.
The Bloks project is still at the development stage, so Google commissioned papercraft masters Nearly Normal to create some models of how the Pucks could work. The medium reflects not only the simplicity of Bloks for children to use – but also shows that you can create Pucks using that medium.
The papercraft models were then used to create illustrations and videos of potential Bloks projects.
Here are the illustrations. You can see a video of how Nearly Normal created the models in a video below them.
Nearly Normal is represented by Jelly London.