Pressure Games Toy Blog

This last Tuesday we ended our 3 part Tech Tuesday game creation session. On completion, we had a fully functioning game with lights, a button, and a display to show the score and instructions to the user. It may not be the most complex game in the world, but it's a game you can create at home to learn about electronics. It was a total blast to have these sessions, answer questions and help kids (and grown ups) learn a little more about technology we use every day.

If you weren't able to follow along live, that's ok! Check out our Tech Tuesday Game Development Overview blog post that has links to each video, the schematics and programming flow you'll need to start on your own.

Tech Tuesday is going to take a break next week, May 19th but will be back on Tuesday May 26th focusing on a new tech topic. We hope you'll join us then and make sure to follow the Pressure Games Facebook Page to get reminders of future livestreams!

Last week, a friend on Facebook put out the call: 

A family member worked in the medical field and the cloth masks she uses are uncomfortable around the ears after being worn for hours at a time. Could anyone help 3D print a mask strap clip?

You may be asking yourself what a mask clip is.. we sure did. It's basically a band that goes around the back of your head for rubber bands from a mask to clip onto instead of your ears. It helps reduce pressure and tugging on the ears throughout the day and, after using one for a few minutes, I can attest to how nice it would be to have over a full 8-12 hour shift.

In a large city, there may be many businesses with 3D printers and resources to get these made. In our small town in Florida, we knew we were one of the few that could quickly change gears and deliver. That night, we printed 24 mask clips and delivered them the next day. They've been distributed to original requestor along with extras for co-workers and friends. 

Yesterday, we concluded our 2nd part of creating a Red Light Reflex Game during our Tech Tuesday circuits livestream. The game involves 5 lights turning on and off in a sequence. There's one button that you have to press when the middle, red light is on. If you hit the button at the right time, you get a point! It's a really simple game to play but extremely satisfying to see it all come together with multiple wires, lights and the screen to display your score. At this point in the series, there's just one session left next Tuesday where we'll be adding the character display to show instructions and your score.

Here's a rundown of the lessons we've completed to get us to this point.

This past Tuesday marked the end of a very busy semester at the University of Florida's Impact & Sustainability Initiative. Pressure Games worked with a team of graduate students over the last six weeks to identify opportunities to improve our B corp certification score. This was an incredible opportunity for us to share our business operations and gain insight in how to optimize our performance that is not only beneficial for us but also for the community and the environment.

Want to find the latest and greatest in the world of tech? Then head over to Product Hunt, a community based site that lists the latest and greatest up and coming tech products. The site is broken down into four categories: technology products (web apps, mobile apps, hardware products, etc.), games (PC, web, mobile apps), books and podcasts. This is a space where companies can get some early feedback from prospective users and honest reviews which can be absolutely critical in the early stages.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created many hardships for families over the last few weeks. At Pressure Games, we wanted a way to help bring awareness to the importance of social distancing while supporting local charities, and acknowledge our first responders. So we created the “Together We Stand Apart” initiative.

We have made “Together We Stand Apart” silicone bracelets that can be purchased for $2.50 with free shipping. It's a great way to show your support for social distancing while in public and to quickly recognize others that feel strongly about protecting others as well. Proceeds from all sales will be donated to charities supporting families and children suffering from the health and economic effects of the pandemic - current charity partners include: The Boys and Girls Club, The Harry Chapin Food Bank, and The United Way.

On Friday, April 10th at midnight, I watched a countdown clock tick from 60s down 0. I've seen many clocks go down.. from New Years Eve to our own toy aptly named "Countdown." This time was different and much more impactful. This was the end of our successful Wefunder campaign.  

When we launched the campaign, we set a minimum goal of $50k. At close, commitments totaled $57,778, over 115% of our goal. It's an amount that will be put toward our first manufacturing run to bring Countdown out before this holiday season.

Our first Tech Tuesday Facebook Livestream covering Circuits and Programming Basics was a success! This first class was a great primer for how to put together your own electronics and see how easy it is to do some basic programming to turn on and off a light. To get to that point, we covered how batteries work, how electricity flows, how to build and think about a circuit and a general discussion of the hardware will be using during these sessions.

Click through to view the video and be ready for next week's session.

As we hunker down for another week at home to work and our kids are out of school we thought it be great to share some of what we do here at our home office!

Toys are increasingly electronic based and that's where we have a lot of experience. Join us next Tuesday March 31st at 1:00pm EST for an Introduction to Electronics! Want to understand how your favorite toy works? We'll be Facebook live streaming an entry level class, perfect for ages 6+, including build-it yourself and do at home projects. No prior experience knowledge necessary. If you're the type that can't figure out the proper direction for a battery or your kids have an interest in understanding how technology powers everything around us, this is a great starting point.

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