What is Elements 4D?
Elements 4D is a set of six beautifully designed wooden blocks that come to life with DAQRI’s 4D app.
Each block face depicts a different chemical symbol, representing the elements of the periodic table. Beaming the app’s viewfinder onto the blocks instantly transforms them into 4D representations of that element, like magic! (Since this can be hard to picture if you've never seen it before, we definitely recommend watching the video above.)
Not only can you learn about each element in this incredible interactive environment, but when you put two blocks together it creates a chemical reaction in 4D. Part story, part game, part educational toy, Elements 4D is truly a first-in-category experience.
What Was The Design Process Like?
In conceptualizing Elements 4D, it was very important to us that the blocks themselves create an experience of play and learning: we wanted them to be the kind of toy that lasts generations. They are designed to stand on their own, but adding in 4D brings an unexpected and totally awesome twist that completely changes the ways in which you can interact with them.
That being said, the design process is far from over. We have a ton of ideas for new types of interactivity and we want your input too! For example, wouldn't it be fun to be able to change an element's form from liquid, to gas, to solid, and simultaneously learn the temperatures required to induce each state? Since 4D is delivered via our cloud-based software, the sky's the limit. If you have ideas for other types of interactivity, let us know in the comments.
How Can You Get Involved?
We would love your help in making this unique project a reality. Check out our various supporter levels, get involved with the design process by sharing your ideas, and if you think this is a cool campaign, help us spread the word to your friends and networks.
We hope you will get immersed in the world of Elements 4D and bring to life the universe’s most basic building blocks. Thank you for your support, we can't wait to continue creating the story together!
- The DAQRI Team
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge of this project is bringing inanimate blocks to life with 4D experiences in a way that feels realistic and provides a valuable experience. DAQRI has been working on 4D technology longer than anyone else, which has allowed us to learn inherent lessons. We have already worked with some of the most respected brands including SONY, Cadillac, Twentieth Century Fox, and through our partnership with Quad/Graphics, Maxim, LEGO, and many others.
We have successfully completed end-to-end applications of 4D for branding, medical, educational and industrial verticals. Examples of our work can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch…
Another challenge involved is manufacturing the blocks themselves. Up until now, our company has been focused on producing software, not goods. But, in preparation for this project we have found an excellent manufacturing partner that makes high quality wood products and therefore are confident in our ability to deliver beautiful and well-made solid wood blocks that function with our 4D software.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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