In the market for a new desk toy?
Not everything that comes across my desk for review is a game or a movie. Sometimes other things come my way that some company thinks will be of interest to someone that likes games or movies. The latest one of these things is Nanodots, small spherical magnets about the size of a BB but each with the magnetic pull of a good-sized magnet. Now I'm sure that most of us have played with magnetic toys of some kind before, but Nanodots are different. The first thing is that they are amazingly strong magnets - two of the balls will race towards each other if they get within three inches of each other. Just pulling on the balls is fascinating as they form strands and loops that collapse on themselves in seemingly endless ways. A blob of Nanodots also makes for a quite effective stress ball. But the real fun comes in trying to align the balls into geometric shapes - toroids, cubes, and complex polygons. It takes a little work and patience to make the more complex shapes, but like most puzzles a little patience and brainpower lead to satisfactory results. They even come with step-by-step instructions to recreate the polygon the Nanodots are shipped in. While Nanodots are essentially a desk toy, and a bit on the pricey side at that, I can attest to the fact that they are a fascinating way to kill time ... at least for a guy who likes games and movies.
Transmitted: 4/25/2014 2:42:59 AM