We have some new arrivals including the Valk 3 Elite M, GAN 356RS, Volt2, MGC Elite, MGC5, MGC6, GAN Robot and a few others. We have also restocked some of the out of stock items including the GAN 356XS stickerless. Check out our new arrival in store.
We have been updating our stocks in magic cubes, yoyos, boardgames, playing cards and STEM products. This is a one post for all update. Check them out in our online store.
We have added the new QiYi Wu-family member, the 3x3x3 WuWei or fearless. The Wu-family had been missing a 3x3x3 member. With WuWei, the Wu-family now has 2x2x2 to 7x7x7. Check out our new magic cube arrivals.
For the yo-yos, we have added Magicyoyo K1, K2, K9, K10, N8, N9, N11, N12 and diabolo. Check out our yoyos in our online store.
Our Bicycle playing cards selection is growing, and we have also added a few limited edition cards in stock. Check out our playing cards in store.
In boardgames, we have brought in more choices including both genuine and products from alternative sources (marked with [C]). Check out our exciting range of boardgames offer in store.
Besides the above major categories, we are also stocking up other variety of products to cater for different wizs. One of the categories is the STEM products. We have in stock major STEM products including the most popular Arduino, Raspberry Pi and microbit -based products and kits. Check out our STEM products in store.
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We are having a FLASH SALES of the MAKEBLOCK educational robots in the shop on the last three days of this month.
The MAKEBLOCK educational products are receiving increasing interest worldwide due being probably the best offer on the market in view of quality and price point. Their mTiny Coding Kit has recently been positively reviewed by the engadget. The mTiny is a innovative educational toy that promotes logical thinking and coding fundamentals screen free.
Our STEM products are currently available in the shop until the end of the month. They will continue to be available in our online store after end of this month.
We have been carrying smart cubes in store and the latest additions are the Giiker Supercube i2 and i3se.
The Giiker Supercube i3se is the successor to the Giiker Supercube i3s. It is the third edition of the Giiker Supercube. The i3se has improved battery life of more than 90 hours of use with one charge. This edition comes with a robotic body that serves as the cube charger, as well as a phone holder when the cube is not on the charger.
Besides the i3se, we have also brought in the first 2x2x2 smart cube, the Giiker Supercube i2. This cube has the same features as its 3×3 sibling. In addition, it is a magnetic cube.
The Giiker smart cubes can be used as a normal speedcubes, or can be connected to the Supercube app on a mobile phone over Bluetooth. The Supercube app is available on Android and iOS.
The fun of the Giiker Supercubes is when they are connected to the Supercube app. The app helps anyone to solve a cube by following the on screen animated guide. You do not need to learn any algorithm to solve a cube. The Giiker Supercubes are equipped with sensors such that the Supercube app can detect its state (positions of the pieces and movements) and display its animation on screen.
For those who wants to learn and improve their speedcubing, the Supercube app provides tutorial, lessons, timer and mini games to help anyone to speedcube. The app records the statistics of your progress as the user progress from beginner to pro.
Perhaps the most exciting part is the community using the Supercube giving the opportunity to interact and have friendly match.
Besides the Giiker Supercube, we also have in stock the premium smart cube from GAN, the GAN356i. GAN has its own app that offers similar features as that of Supercube.
Smart cubes is an easy and fun way to learn speedcubing. Check out the smart cubes in our online store.
We have a few new arrivals. GAN356 XS, QiYi Thunderclap V3 magnetic, DaYan Tengyun 2×2 magnetic and the MoYu Mofangjiaoshi Meilong 3×3 timer cube.
Perhaps the most exciting cube is the GAN356 XS that Feliks Zemdegs has recently used to set the new 3×3 WR average. This is a premium cube with many features to improve its speedcubing performance.
The Meilong Timer cube is an interesting new concept. It has a timer embedded in one corner piece.
Check them out in our online store.
We have restocked our popular boardgames and brought in some new ones.
Check them out in our store. Some of them are available in Cube 61 in SCG Pavilion, Gadong Mall.
We are adding products in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for the tech wiz.
Literacy in STEM enables innovations, and innovations are what have been driving the improvement and modernization of our living environment. STEM skills are critical in creating a competitive edge in knowledge-intensive economies. There is increasing demand in the STEM skills, however there seems to be decreasing interest in STEM among the kids and probably adults. The subject matters are abstracts and can be difficult to grasp.
There have been various efforts around the world to promote STEM education in school curriculum, activities as well as educational products. One of the most widely used means of delivering STEM education is through the use of robotics. Robotics is a fusion of a wide variety of STEM, encompassing computation, mechanical, electronics, control, instrumentation, communication, information, internet, artificial intelligence, audio and visual, embedded systems, and many more including non-technical aspects such as sociology and art. It involves all components of STEM and, more importantly robots are interesting and appealing to the kids and many people.
We are bringing in a few good selections of educational toys and products that can make learning STEM fun. By having exposure to STEM from early age, kids may find it easier to follow the formal STEM curriculum.
At the moment, our STEM products begin from the age of four.
Literacy in coding is an advantage in this technology-driven economy.
“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think” – Steve Jobs
The mTiny Coding Kit from MAKEBLOCK is an early childhood (4+) education robot for children growing up in the digital age. Its Tap Pen Controller is a coding tool that exercises children’s logical thinking and problem-solving abilities. These are not most important skills for STEM. It brings computer programming into children’s real life, using coding cards and various themed map blocks to guide the child in exploring, perceiving, and creating through highly interactive, stimulating, and fun games. The continuously updated mTiny toolkit also fosters children’s interest in learning in math, English, music, and other subjects, and keeps them inspired.
What’s even more helpful is that mTiny is screen free! With no need to use mobile phones or tablet PCs, mTiny lowers the threshold of coding for children and protects their eyes from screen-induced damage. The physical tap pen controller, cards, and maps free children from Internet and video game distractions, and fully engage their senses in the process of exploration and learning. Isn’t it perfect for the young children?
Codey Rocky combines hardware (physical body) with software (the program and app), allowing children to learn about programming while they play and create. Using mBlock, a software which supports both blocked-based and Python programming, Codey Rocky takes children by their hands and leads them into the world of avant-garde technology with its inbuilt artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) functionalities, giving them a competitive edge in the AI.
The programming of Codey using mBlock software is as simple as playing blocks. Hot on the heels of the most widely used visual programming environment Scratch, mBlock features many powerful functions and promises truckload of experience; programming is as simple as assembling building blocks – anyone who reads can learn to program. The learning process has also been structured into a series of games of different levels, making programming full of fun while children progress through these games.
When the learner desire more than the block-based visual programming, it is easy to switch to Python. Python is a programming language widely used at the forefront of technological advances such as AI and data analysis. Using mBlock software to learn a more advanced programming language, children can either directly code in Python or switch their written block-based program into Python. mBot offers a learning package from beginning to program to getting ready to do advance programming.
How about fiddling with the physical stuff? The engineering thingy.
mBot is built on the similar software system with the Codey, however it offers DIY experience to fiddle with the hardware (the physical stuff). With just a screwdriver, the step by step instructions, and a study schedule, children can build a robot from scratch and experience the joys of hands-on creation. As they work on the mBot, they will learn about a variety of robotic machinery and electronic parts, get to grips with the fundamentals of block-based programming, and develop their logical thinking and design skills.
Another product suitable for the younger wiz is the micro:bit.
micro:bit uses the same programming environment, mBlock based on Scratch block-based visual programming. micro:bit does not come with the sort of well packaged body and training materials of MAKEBLOCK products, however it has a lower price tag. We have its starter kit and robotic kit to make learning micro:bit easy and fun.
Moving beyond block-based programming and to use the wider variety of electronic parts, learning to use Arduino is a good way forward.
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message – and turn it into an output – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller (the hardware brain that we can program and get it to do something) on the board. Arduino probably has the most popular microcontrollers among the hobbyists and makers due to its very low price point. Given its popularity, there are plenty of resources to learn to use the Arduino to do all sorts of interesting things.
Among our Arduino products, the Maker UNO offers features that make it easier to use. It integrates different input and output components on the same board avoiding the problem of wiring for the beginners. We have a few Maker UNO products that will make doing Arduino projects a lot more easier.
And the next level up? May be the Raspberry Pi.
The Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries. It is basically a computer in a small box with a small price tag. Hook up the monitor, keyboard and mouse to it and turn in on, you have a computer that you can browse the internet, type documents, play videos, etc. The original model became far more popular than anticipated, selling outside its target market for uses such as robotics. Unlike the normal computer, the Raspberry Pi is a computer with hardware interface (the general purpose input output, GPIO) to directly connect to all sorts electronic components as sensors or actuators. Being a computer, it is easy to use the Raspberry Pi to deal with camera and microphone in projects such as face recognition and speech recognition. This makes it an all-in-one solution to many interesting projects.
We have brought in the three most popular electronic brains (micro:bit, Arduino and Raspberry Pi) in our store. These are the microcontrollers that you can easily find abundance of learning resources online.
Some of our STEM products are current on sale in Cubes 117/118 in SCG Pavilion, Gadong Mall, until the end of this month. They will conti ur to be available in our online shop.
Have you been lubricating your cubes? We have in stock a good selection of speedcube lubes. There are lubes with different properties and for different parts of a cube.
A butcher sharpens his knife every so often, even in a day. A swordman sharpens his sword before going for a battle.
Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree.
“What are you doing?” you ask.
“Can’t you see?” comes the impatient reply. “I’m sawing down this tree.”
“You look exhausted!” you exclaim. “How long have you been at it?”
“Over five hours,” he returns, “and I’m beat! This is hard work.”
‘Well, why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw?” you inquire. “I’m sure it would go a lot faster.”
“I don’t have time to sharpen the saw,” the man says emphatically. “I’m too busy sawing!”
– Stephen R. Covey (2016). “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change”, p.363, Mango Media Inc.
A speedcuber lubes his cube. If you are finding your cubes becoming stiff, and you can’t speed up, it’s time to lube your cube, adjust its tension or get a better cube.
Check out the lubes in our store.