QUBS – The toymaker merging conventional designs and screen-free know-how in early years studying


QUBS (www.qubs.toys) is a Swiss firm producing traditionally-designed picket toys with hidden high-tech magic: liberating youngsters to discover their creativeness, safely be taught future abilities and interact in academic, screen-free enjoyable.

Impressed by the Montessori methodology, QUBS STEM toys educate in addition to entertain. Enjoying with QUBS toys offers youngsters, by way of play, with developmental abilities in science, know-how, engineering, and arithmetic.

Beloved by dad and mom, academics and, most significantly, younger customers (3 to 12 years), QUBS’ intuitive, gender impartial toys – produced from responsibly sourced and lengthy lasting beechwood – include patented know-how which brings them to life. In contrast to different tech-enabled STEM youngsters’s toys, QUBS’ toys have an everlasting shelf life, don’t require updates nor entry to the web, and are utterly screen-less, empowering youngsters to turn out to be creators, slightly than passive customers of laptop computer or smartphone screens.

Every block and toy element accommodates a QUBS-developed and patented model of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) know-how (the innovation most commonly-used in contactless funds and key fobs). RFID know-how is 100% secure and safe for youngsters and grown-ups, permitting the person tiles and blocks to work together, all inside their very own safe universe.

QUBS’ first product, CodyBlock- to be showcased at Nuremberg Toy Truthful – Spielwarenmesse Digital (the place it has been shortlisted for the celebrated annual ‘Toy Award’) – options an independently-moving automotive (Cody), whose journey adjustments in response to a baby’s placement and association of picket blocks inside its setting. Encouraging creativity and teamwork, Cody Block introduces youngsters to pc programming ideas, robotics, and the Web Of Issues by way of enjoyable and accessible play.

Studying computational abilities in early years is crucial. Cody the automotive, and the picket toy blocks which form his journey, train children to suppose like a programmer: being launched to rules of debugging (the method of figuring out an issue and correcting it) and sequencing (the particular order through which directions are carried out in an algorithm) by way of bodily play.

The duty is to plan a path that leads Cody by way of town and again dwelling, his actions altering in response to the kid’s association and rearrangement of the picket blocks (every containing RFID tech). Every block denotes a special directional command (e.g. ‘flip left’, ‘flip proper’, ‘u-turn’ and many others.), making a sequence of directions. This permits youngsters to enhance their motor abilities, essential considering, creativity and spatial consciousness.

Cody Blockis designed for teenagers aged 3-12, and might be out there to ship in Q2 2022.

QUBS’ second product, MattyBlock, is designed for ages 3-9, it helps youngsters develop self-worth in arithmetic by introducing the ideas of addition, subtraction and multiplication.

Youngsters place Matty the farmer on a board above a sum of their very own creation, fashioned by numbered tiles (representing seeds). With a nod or shake of his head, Matty guides younger customers to the precise reply to the sum. MattyBlockfeatures voice suggestions in six languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin), making it the right instrument for youngsters to play and be taught autonomously. Its story setting offers a enjoyable and complete introduction to numbers and equations, whereas exploring the fragile and ever-changing world of nature.

Matty Blockwill be out there in 2023.

Based mostly in Zurich, Paris and London, QUBS Toys was based by Hayri Bulman in 2019, a Swiss entrepreneur with over 30 years of IT experience, working for GE (Normal Electrical) and Xerox. Hayri’s personal fatherhood, ardour for picket toys and agency grasp of know-how motivated him to create QUBS to higher equip the long run generations for the digital world. Impressed by the toy firm TEGU in 2015, Hayri sought out to merge basic picket toys with trendy know-how and shortly began engaged on ideas that mixed RFID know-how with picket blocks. Since then, QUBS has expanded into an enormous crew of designers, engineers and creatives from all throughout Europe.

In April 2020, on the very starting of the worldwide pandemic, QUBS raised CHF 88,887 (~£70,000) by 503 backers throughout a Kickstarter marketing campaign.

QUBS Toys might be out there for buy on-line from www.qubs.toys, in addition to from main stockists.