Nanopad is a gameboard for Nanodots
by Mark R
Some of you might remember when we covered the Nanodots magnetic sets last summer, and the company has shown off the Nanopad at the Toy Fair in New York City last week.
For those of you who are not familiar with Nanodots, they are small balls that are individually magnetic. It isn’t exactly a toy, as a child could swallow it, but it is a construction tool like no other as tiny metal balls stick together for new shapes.
The Nanopad is a mat woven in iron that my Source says is “heavy and dense like one of those aprons you wear for dental X-rays”. The Nanodots stick to it like it was made for it, which it was. Think of it as one of those flat one-sided Lego pads that you need to start your building projects.
On one side of the Nanopad is this chess/checkerboard pattern that you can see here, so I suppose that you could shape the Nanodots into the pieces that you want. As for the other side, it has a blank area with a gauge to measure how long your line of Nanodots can go. You’ll have to see the picture of it on my Source for more information. Also included on my Source is a shot of a small plastic card designed to split complicated magnet constructions.
When the Nanopad goes on sale, it will be about $20, and Nanodots will sell for about $30 to $40 for a set of 216.