The toy is a simple marble machine. By moving a tube up and down, a ball inside is propelled forwards. The ball can be moved around and around.
Of course this alone is nothing too special.
But things get interesting when two or more loops are combined…
Intersection is the key. One marble at an intersection will go diagonally, but when two marbles meet, they go parallel.
And this opens up a world of possibilities...
The pattern of movement depends on the starting positions of the marbles. Here are some examples of possible patterns, though there are countless more waiting to be found.
What makes the toy different from other marble machines is that the movement of the balls in the loop is not determined by chance, but by a logical procedure. As long as you operate the device correctly, the marbles will move with 100% certainty.
For the toy to work, every separate part had to be perfect. I went through countless designs to find the right size and weight of the balls, the right angle of inclination and the right position of the parts until finally I found the answer.
Out of several possible forms, I’ve settled on three types: 1-Loop, 2-Loop, and 4-Loop. All are unique, and all have their own charm.
I also experimented with many different materials, taking into account the appearance, feel, sound and accuracy of the action. Here is what I went with:
The wood looks and feels great, has a warmth to it and makes a very pleasant sound when the ball rolls.
The plastic version allows for many different color variations.
Clear Plastic makes the marbles inside look great, especially when combined with the lighting.
Like most devices based on mathematics, AlgoLoop has a natural, functional, logical beauty. As well as being a fun toy, it also brightens up any room.
What are the benefits ?
The emotions brought about by the toy are very similar to those experienced while juggling, albeit far easier. The more skilled you become, the faster and longer you will be able to keep the balls moving accurately. This is a kind of "skill toy" that gives people, especially kids, a sense of accomplishment as they improve.
In addition, the sound of moving the toy is a pleasant stimulus for the brain. It has a calming effect on the mind and helps to improve concentration. It's also small enough that you can keep it next to your desk to provide exercise for your hands.
The toy is also great as a party game. You can compete to see who can move a certain pattern faster and more accurately, or you can have everyone create one beautiful pattern.
The toy can help bring out your creative side. Use your imagination to create something new.
Finally, the toy is also an amazing mathematical teaching tool. Seeing how the initial conditions can affect the end result is a great way to learn programming, and there is no greater pleasure than finding beautiful patterns that you’ve worked out yourself.
In a nutshell, it's a recreation, meditation and education—all in one.
*Please note: the color of the product will be randomly issued.