Israeli quantum physicists Boaz Almog and Amir Saraf brought Lego™ bricks to another level with BRIXO, a new generation of chrome-coated building-blocks that act as electric conductors allowing everybody to create Internet of Things designs in a very very simple way.
BRIXO normal-sized building blocks safely conduct electricity and connect to your phone. They interlock to form complete simple circuits with no wires, adding sensors, lights and motion to any maker’s construction. “They are like Lego™ on steroids, if steroids also gave you superpowers and taught you new languages” say Boaz Almog and Amir Saraf.
Lego™ has a Technic series that allows makers to create complex models and transform them into movable devices. BRIXO is not just for advanced builders but conceived to be immediate to understand without the help of a tech-expert. On top of that, it os fully compatible with standard building blocks.
“Science and technology surround us. But basic understanding of the principles we look at every day as physicists are absent from mainstream consciousness”. explains Boaz Almog. “One of the main goals is this project is to bring the basics of physics into mainstream focus”.
BRIXO blocks are coated in chrome, a non-toxic metal, to ensure safety: connector blocks allow to complete a circuit, action blocks bring designs and constructions to life, including LED lights and motor blocks, trigger blocks activate these lights and motors through sound, light, proximity and BLE sensors. All blocks have built-in sensor and Bluetooth chips so you can program your designs to do “just about anything”.
“With bricks that can be triggered by sound, light, touch and the entire world of IoT, there isn’t much you CAN’T do. You can set your phone’s alarm clock to only shut off when you build a pyramid. Or help your kid build a nightlight that turns on when he says “heebeejeebee”. And that’s just what our crew did, you’ve probably got a few ideas of your own” comment Almog and Saraf.
All images: courtesy of BRIXO.