DailyDirt: Making Good Toys

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While it's still summertime and schools haven't started up yet, kids are happily playing outdoors (hopefully) and not worrying about the coming onslaught of homework and common core initiatives. The stuff that kids play with has gotten more advanced over the years (not just iPads and gaming consoles), and some toys are really fascinating. Here are just a few things If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Pixelation, Jul 31st, 2014 @ 5:42pm

    I used to make smoke filled bubbles. I think hydrogen filled bubbles could be good fun...

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    Scote, Jul 31st, 2014 @ 7:43pm

    You had to go there...now someone is going to demand gluten free Play Doh for their kids... :-o

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    Michael Ho (profile), Jul 31st, 2014 @ 8:15pm


    Gluten free sculpting clay is available commercially...

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    Pixelation, Jul 31st, 2014 @ 8:51pm

    Re: Re:

    Tastes great and doesn't give you gas...

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    Sheogorath (profile), Jul 31st, 2014 @ 11:13pm

    Soap bubbles are fun, but how hard could it be to make soap bubbles a solid color with some dyes? Apparently, it's non-obvious to those skilled in the art (see US patent 7910531), and simply adding dyes to soap bubble solutions make mostly clear (regular) bubbles with all the dye collecting in a single spot on the bottom of the bubble.

    So it's not as easy as simply combining the washing up liquid and the dye before adding the water, the same way my mum's always done it? Who knew?

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    amoshias (profile), Aug 1st, 2014 @ 12:21am

    Re: Yes, it's not as easy as that...

    because your mom never did that.

    Getting a dye to dye a bubble a solid color - without it pooling at the bottom and eventually popping the bubble - is actually a fantastically complex problem, and solving it involved some major advances in materials science and thin film physics. It's actually really interesting.

    Or, I'm sure your mom just tossed some food coloring in there and it worked. Makes sense, right?

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