A Georgia-based father and daughter inventing team have created a new product called STiKidotz that combines Legos, stickers and pixel art.
Inventors CK and Yannie Tan say it’s a new way for kids and families to get together and create reusable, customizable decals that can go on cars, walls, in notebooks, on clothing or anywhere else.
The stickers are made up of lots of little individual pixel-like mini-stickers, which can be connected, bent and built into any shape. You could create a sports team logo, message, new cartoon character or anything else you think of.
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They don’t need glue, ironing, water or any other way to stick other than the adhesive already on the back. The adhesive is food-safe and nontoxic, and will not leave any residue, say the Tans.
Plus, the soft silicone means they won’t hurt your feet when the kids inevitably leave them lying in the hallway.
“We set out to invent STiKidotz by putting two ideas together to solve a single problem,” said CK Tan.
“I have always had a passion for 8-bit graphics and pixel art since I designed my first pixel art program in high school. When I turned 50, I found myself reflecting on my life and looking back at my young adulthood with nostalgia. I made the decision to follow up on the passion I had started 30 years earlier. I started playing around with the idea of creating a hands-on pixel art toy.”
His daughter Yannie, a “fervent and curious experimenter for design technology and products,” said she loved the idea of creating unique, do-it-yourself decals. “She thought that many decals were just two-dimensional and weren't as fun,” said CK.
That’s when the two combined their ideas and came up with STiKidotz.
“We look at STiKitdotz as a way to create a family bonding experience outside of a digital environment,” the inventors said on their KickStarter page. Products like Minecraft show that there is an appeal to creating and designing a pixel art world, and we hope to find a way to use that interest to drive people away from “devices” to create and build with family and friends.”
Scott Berson: 706-571-8578, @ScottBersonLE