New Year New Toy
Generally, I don’t make new year resolutions, but I do think about things that I want to discard and recall some of the things that bring me joy.
What has continually put a smile on my face is exploring electronic and digital toys that are marketed to children. They often become part of my art palette. Playing with these colorful, plastic, low tech technologies has been a source of fascination, creativity and pleasure for many years.
In the 80s I purchased the first children’s drawing tablet that could connect to a tv and display an image as you were creating it and the Gameboy where you could attach a camera.
I was ecstatic when later in the decade I found the Fisher Price pixel vision camera PXL2000. It was billed as a toy camera that produced black and white images and recorded video and audio on a compact audio cassette. Priced at $100 it was an expensive toy that didn’t do well in sales. However, sales increased when video artists stormed into Toys”R”Us and purchased every camera in stock. I still have my pixel vision as well as a modified one with expanded capabilities.
Here’s an early commercial for the camera
You already know that I have a LEGO 3MP Digital Camera — if not, it’s the camera that I’m holding in one of the photos on the home page of the website.
This new year I treated myself to a Kickstarter funded DYI Kano computer kit that’s designed to demystify the computer and coding. I’m having a great time with simple coding and was as delighted as a child receiving a gift when viewing the basic circle animation that I created. On to creating immersive environments!
So, for all of you image makers, think about what else could be in your toolbox to expand your palette other than the usual pro and semi pro suspects.
Wishing you the very best in the new year and every day.