Crossbeams is a toy, developed by electrical engineer Charles Sharman's company Seven:Twelve Engineering, that can itself be used to design and put together a wide variety of toys including complicated toy cars and helicopters.
The Crossbeams are essentially small tube-shaped bits of plastic, some of which are curved or bent at one end while others are straight. These pieces join together in two steps -- first with a regular male/female connection in which one piece slots into the other, and then with a twistable ring that secures the joints against stress.
In addition to being a toy creator, Crossbeams can also be used to create usable household objects such as trash cans, bookshelves and more, and is sure to encourage creativity in design.
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