Introducing Sifteo Cubes (Giveaway)

Long ago, I spent seven years working at an educational toy company in Emeryville. You probably know it.

My colleagues have since spread far and wide, but quite a few have stayed in educational technology. Oakland mom Laurie Peterson is one of those.

We sat down for lunch last week so I could hear about how she simultaneously graduated from business school at Haas, endured a very grumpy pregnancy, and became the head of Marketing for Sifteo cubes.

Invented by some dudes from the MIT media lab who sought to bring a new kind of interaction to screen-based play, Sifteo just launched the current generation of cubes. Aimed to inspire family play around a table, the set of cubes come loaded with a handful of games, and users can download more from the website.

Laurie showed me how the cubes respond wirelessly to each other and to your touch. “Each cube is like a tiny iPad,” she said. Imagine playing a tetris-style game as a team because each player can move a cube independently. Now what if the blocks showed letters, and your new reader could move them around to discover that T, A, and C make CAT and also ACT?

The possibilities are big. The games teach critical thinking, logic, and problem solving.

If you’d like to learn more about the geeky cool side of this innovation, watch the TED talk about intelligent play by the founder David Merrill.

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  1. says

    Very cool. Can my toddler chew on it? Will it respond to his “touch” or break? Just curious because I want to know if I have to wait 2 more years before letting it out of our “room of doom” where he cannot enter. Cheers!

  2. Melissa Ryan says

    Saw the TEDtalks a while back and fell in love with these. Would love to try them out and see just how much you can do with them. These are the next big thing next to the tablet craze for sure, I wonder what they will grow into in the next few years. :)

  3. Arlene says

    Fell in love with these when we first saw them 2 years ago at the World Maker Faire in NYC. They were a lot of fun!