About this project
The Arris Block is a simple single block magnetic creative system. For those who don't want to spin fidget spinners or play with legos, but want to construct and have a creative outlet, the Arris Block is the answer. The set gives you 165 miniature magnetic wooden blocks to stack and build with your imagination. Without a build plan or instruction manual, the outcome is up to your creativity and challenges your abstract thought.
For big kids and little kids alike, the Arris Block system is fun for all ages.
When creating with the Arris Block set you can engage with the more architectural abstract approach by creating structures and sculptures. Or you can take the approach of creating more character or creature driven builds.
The Arris Block is a product we've been conceptualizing and prototyping for the last year before going in to a production quality sample. Our ultimate goal was to develop a simple and straight forward product that pushed the limits on miniature size with magnets imbedded in the wood. We finally settled on a 1"x 1/2" by 1/4" block as the final result. We also wanted clean neutral colors for the blocks so they would look beautiful in any setting so we settled on Gray, Black, and Natural.
For the magnetic attachment of the blocks we've embedded 2 neodymium magnets in each block. The most widely used type of rare-earth magnet, is a permanent magnet made from an alloy of neodymium, iron and boron to form the Nd2Fe14B tetragonal crystalline structure. Developed independently in 1982 by General Motors and Sumitomo Special Metals, neodymium magnets are the strongest type of permanent magnet commercially available. They have replaced other types of magnets in the many applications in modern products that require strong permanent magnets, such as motors in cordless tools, hard disk drives and magnetic fasteners.
When the magnets are imbedded in each block and then covered over by the 2nd half of the block they are not exposed on the outside and remain hidden inside the block.
Here's an example of two large Neodymium magnets and just how powerful they can be.
"THE BEST USE OF IMAGINATION IS CREATIVITY, THE WORST USE IS ANXIETY" -DEPAK CHOPRA
"IMAGINATION IS THE BEGINNING OF CREATION" - GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
"CREATIVITY IS INTELLIGENCE HAVING FUN" - ALEBRT EINSTEIN
"CREATIVITY IS JUST CONNECTING THINGS" - STEVE JOBS
"CREATIVITY IS THE BEST REBELLION IN EXISTENCE" - OSHO
"EVERY CHILD IS AN ARTIST, THE PROBLEM IS STAYING AN ARTIST WHEN YOU GROW UP" - PABLO PICASSO
"YOU CAN'T USE UP CREATIVITY, THE MORE YOU USE THE MORE YOU HAVE" - MAYA ANGELOU
Risks and challenges
The risks are mostly around timeline with production of miniature bricks depending on the volume of bricks ordered by backers. We could have enough success that OCT becomes a stretch to deliver everyone's pledge. Otherwise our background and experience in producing our products over the last 10 years has given us the confidence in our team and partners that we can accomplish a successful launch and delivery of everyone's pledge in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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