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*VIDEO UPDATE!* THXcube: Draw, sing and build your way to creative ideas!

THXcube inspires creativity in everyday tasks. Take any task that you need to do and use the cube to reinvent it! Toss THXcube or use any side to record your iteration, and share progress and publish a final project.

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Special thanks to Mish, Lin and David for their help, and to everyone that contributed feedback and comments below. I appreciate it!

 

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I started thinking about this #creativeconfidence challenge by thinking about creativity and confidence at their core. What is creativity? How do we build confidence?

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers: The Story of Success” he describes a divergence test that involves using your imagination to take your mind in as many different directions as possible. There is no one right answer because the goal is to have as many unique responses as possible. Since creativity involves the production of novel and useful ideas, you can see how something much closer to creativity is being measured here. I think if we can apply this mindset of creativity as a daily layer -- not as a standalone activity or after-school group, but as way to execute existing tasks and solve problems -- the result can be incredible.

So how can we transform a routine task like folding clothes or memorizing facts? By reinventing it a bunch of times! I call this concept 10x thinking, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop at 10 ideas.

For junior high kids, say the assignment is to memorize all the states in the country. Rather than everyone going off alone to spend time studying and testing themselves with flash cards, we can challenge kids to come up with a different way to remember the states.

This is where a little something called THXcube can help! THXcube inspires creativity in everything you can imagine.

  • Imagine the first kid comes up with an idea to make a song with all of the state names in it.

  • The next kid says the song should starts with the first letters of the states.

  • Another kid bounces off this idea to add that they should rhyme too.

  • A fourth kid chimes in to say that they can point out the states on the map as they sing along.

This can go on until at least 10 variations of the idea (or different ideas) have been generated. There are no wrong ideas because every idea is just another iterations of a previous or future idea! In the end, when the rhyming, mapped or alliterative song is created, the students will know they’ve helped each other and each contributed to their success.

Research shows that when we don’t dwell on negative consequences, we can be more self-confident because there is less worry about failure or the disapproval of others. Using THXcube, everyone can focus on the process rather than the outcome, and enjoy solving problems collaboratively.

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THXcube is interactive, share-able, and adaptable. The 6 sides provide different formats to play off other’s ideas:

  • Side 1. Photo -- take a picture of inspiration or document a scene in action

  • Side 2. Voice -- record a thought or sing a song about it

  • Side 3. Video -- record a demonstration or do a little dance

  • Side 4. Draw -- sketch a design or jot down some notes

  • Side 5. Build -- create a prototype with modeling clay (don’t forget to snap a photo of this, or save it!)

  • Side 6. Playback -- Press play to see/hear/read what’s been done so far.

As the idea evolves, THXcube records each iteration as you go. You can use the “Playback side” at any point to review the progress before you start your building your idea. (Thanks for the suggestion, Bhargava!)

 

After this process, you can also check online at THXcube.com to see your how the project grew. Share this page with your class, family and friends to share your idea and get feedback. Add hashtags so that others around the world that are working on the same problem can comment and collaborate.


You can take it home and leave it on your desk for daily inspiration, pass it around a group in class to jump start a project, or mail it overseas for global collaboration. How great would it be to receive a different THXcube each week with a new project to build off of?

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Use cases:

1. Creative group collaboration: "Bop-It" style group brainstorming! Imagine a standing circle of kids, super jazzed, pumped up, and loud - encouraging one another. The facilitator starts with a prompt: for example - how do we redefine lunch? "Lizzy" starts - and gets thrown the cube. The photo "side" lights up - so she has to use the cube to take a picture of her acting out a new iteration. Lizzy throws it across the circle to Bobby - and the "draw" side lights up. Bobby runs over to the whiteboard - draws the next iteration building off of Lizzy - and uses the cube to photograph it. (Thanks, Olivia!)

2. Desktop dose of creativity: Leave the cube on your desk. Every day, you have to add to the central idea you are working in the manner of that "side." Or, one side “lights up” every day so the user is prompted to step out of their comfort zone for the day. This can function as a physical interactive journal too!

3. Dream recorder (for future inspiration): “Night light mode" when the cube can be placed on the nightstand and used to record those inspirational dreams or crazy ideas that come to mind right before going to sleep or right after waking up. Quickly sketch something your finger or speak into the recorder to capture those idea bits before they disappear! Sometimes those are the best seeds of creativity just waiting to grow into something bigger.

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- Toolkit (includes instructions, prompts, etc.)

  • For individuals (use cases 2, 3, 4, 5)

  • For teachers/parents/schools (use cases 1, 4, 5)

  • For groups (use cases 1, 4, 5)

- THXcube (object)

  • Physical object allows for tangible interactions

  • Better for classrooms and groups to jumpstart creativity

  • Cost-effective, DIY-style: order the cube parts and use your own smartphones

  • Download THXcube app to each smartphone to assign “sides” to each phone

- Online platform (thxcube.com)

  • Sharing -- Show the progress and iterations of your project with friends, classmates, family

  • Feedback -- Crowdsource useful tips or comments from a wider audience during and after your ideation phase

  • Collaboration -- Find others working on similar projects, get inspired by other projects.

 

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This is great, Vicki! :) I tried clicking on the link http://THXcube.com, but I couldn't get anywhere.

Are there any instructions for making the THX cube?

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Hi Annie,

The prototype was made by laser cutting some thin wood. Happy to share the pattern if you're interested, but it needs much more prototyping past this stage! http://THXcube.com is just a concept for now–I was hoping for some help/resources from the challenge sponsor during the realization phase, but with no follow up and my day job keeping me busy, THXcube is on hold for now!

Best,
Vicki

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