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Building Blocks are Off-the-Wall

Posted March 27, 2017 1:00 PM by MaggieMc

When I was in architecture school, our professors routinely asked us what had brought us to architecture. Was it visiting Fallingwater as an impressionable infant? Was it a crazed ambition to become the next Gehry or Zaha? (Za-who?) Was it the instinctive wrongness of cookie-cutter office buildings? No.

For me it was HGTV and drafting. For most people, it was LEGOs. I’m told that’s common to engineering as well. What better way to tap into spatial visualization, creativity, and inventiveness than building blocks with endless possibilities?

Now, those endless possibilities are multiplying thanks to new LEGO-compatible tape called Nimuno Loops.

This spectacularly sticky LEGO tape enables kids to create gravity defying sculptures and gizmos since they are flexible, bendable, shapeable, and even cuttable. The video shows better than anything what you can really do with the tape, but I imagine once it’s in kids’ hands, they’ll invent a multitude of other uses for it.

Nimuno Loops are currently in the prototype stage, according to their page on Indiegogo. Luckily for them, they are 17,034% past their funding goal. This goal was supposed to help them finalize materials, purchase the industrial equipment required for production, and pay for shipping and logistics. They already have 35,233 backers, and their campaign still has time remaining—the LEGO-compatible product clearly hit the mark with backers.

Personally, I’m curious as to whether the tape is as easy to remove as it seems, or if it leaves a residue (grownup problems, I know), because I can’t imagine something sticky enough to hold a skyscraper at a perpendicular angle coming off without significant effort and hair pulling. When I told my favorite engineer about this product, he said he’d get me some double-sided foam tape and let me tape LEGOs to all of the walls, that this is nothing overly special.

Skepticism aside, I have an added benefit of Nimuno Loops to leave all of you with today: they look soft enough not to elicit extreme pain when stepped on. That’s a win in my book.

Image and video credits: Nimuno Loops YouTube and Indiegogo

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03/27/2017 2:43 PM

So when does their stocks become publicly available?

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