Pixio (Magnetic Construction Set) by Ivan Khalus and Oleh Berezovskyi
2017 - 2018, Platinum A' Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Award Winner
Inspiration
With many construction sets available, the creative minds needed one that looked perfect and offered maximum versatility. Without visible connecting elements, without complicated parts - it is just a perfect tool to express yourself. Inspired by pixels of the digital world, creators had chosen a cube as an ideal shape. It is the most fundamental form both mathematically and aesthetically. That is how came an idea to create own construction set. It is giving anyone the ability to create in pixel art style in real life.
Creativity
PIXIO is a unique construction set in which pixio-blocks are flexibly assembled thanks to a well thought-out system of powerful magnets. It is the easiest construction set to use. Just take the pixio-block in your hand and place it where you want it to be — bang! — it is connected. Appealing to both kids and adults, PIXIO will be enjoyable by everyone who loves creativity, technology, design, and games.
Design Challenges
The first challenge was to create a fully new construction set. PIXIO is a unique product that has no connection elements. The biggest challenge was to fit the unique mechanics and apply the design concept given the 8 mm size. After multiple experiments with the mold and materials, pixio-team was finally able to bring pixel versatility into real life.
Production Technology
One PIXIO is a plastic cube 8mm in size, consisting of two elements: plastic and 6 powerful magnets. For casting was used the highest quality and bright intense colors ABS plastic. For filling - neodymium magnets. They lose no more than 2% of their magnetic power in 50 years. The polarity of the magnets is arranged in such a way that the blocks can be easily connected to build any figure or object.
       
     
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