Zobits
Zobits is a generative building toy that informs on systems thinking in ecologies. The toy encompasses a set of 16 Zobits figurines each representing a different ecological player and a 4-slot play pad. These range from carnivores and omnivores to grass, lichen, and fungi. Players can select up to 4 Zobits to place on the play pad which will develop into a virtual ecosystem over the course of a week. By experimenting with various combinations, players will come to understand the factors necessary to balance and sustain an ecosystem.

Awarded the 2021 Henry Armero Award for Creative Inclusivity.

Collaborators: Sebastian Carpenter, Alyssa Lee

Funded by: SURG/CW and FRFAF grant programs at Carnegie Mellon University.


Working Prototype



Figurines



Sample Ecosystems



Sketch Development



CAD Development



Hardware



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