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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Autodesk Tinkerbox

One of the many things to come out of Autodesk University 2010 in Las Vegas yesterday was Autodesk Tinkerbox presented by Autodesk Product Manager Garin Gardiner. There was lots of chatter about Garins presentation on Twitter and the announcement of this new app that will be available sometime in the near future.

Tinkerbox is an app that will be available for iPhone, iPod and iPad that is designed to bring engineering challenges and education to users of all ages in a 'game' like environment. There are various challenges, each one getting slightly tougher where users have to solve engineering problems like getting ball-bearings from one point to another using motors, plates, fasteners, rope, chains, conveyors etc. The intuitive interface allows you to drag and drop components from your toolbox into the working area to build a process. If you're not sure what something is or how it works, just use the interactive help to learn more about a motor for example.

Because we're dealing with mechanical components and processes all of the components interact with each other just as they would do in real life. For example, plates can topple over, conveyors will move what is on top of them and then have them fall off the end!

You can even connect electrical siwtches to mechanical components so that when the switch is activated, the function of the mechanical component starts.

It's a great looking and functioning app!!!

Rather than me giving you a full running commentary of the new upcoming app, have a watch of this video that was taken by Deelip Menezes of deelip.com whilst at the announcement: