Tangeez: An Illuminated Building System

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Tangeez: An Illuminated Building System


This past year at Maker Faire New York, Emily Webster and Mustafa Bagdatli showcased a new idea for childrens’ building blocks– Tangeez. They’re made in a similar way as Lego, with pegs and holes to fit them together, but the similarity ends there.


Interior RGB LEDs light up depending on how the blocks are constructed. One color will illuminate if a single prong is inserted into a hole, but more colors will appear if multiple prongs are connected. The result is an interactive playset that snaps together with magnets and goes beyond normal building systems.


Tangeez are made from recycled milk jugs, so you can be sure you’re investing in a product that’s eco-friendly. Tangeez are no stranger to World Maker Faire NY, and as Mustafa puts it, “We came along way since Maker Faire 2011 but Maker Faire was the venue that inspired us.”

They are currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign and we can’t wait to see their novel creation go into production.

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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