Ishac Bertran's Pas a Pas is not only a device for teaching children the fundamentals of stop-motion animation (and a little geometry for good measure); it also happens to be a gorgeous piece of product design (which, Gizmag guesses, is with good reason). All in, it's a welcome reminder that sometimes all that compelling new technology requires is a little original thought.
Functionally, the most important aspects of the Pas a Pas are its screen and camera, with which children can create a stop-motion animation with a series of simple steps. The screen displays an arrangement of colored shapes. A child arranges corresponding colored blocks over the shapes, directly on the screen. With the pieces in place, the "record" button is pressed, and the camera above, which points down at the screen, takes a snapshot. The screen then cycles to the next frame of the animation, with the child moving the relevant pieces. So on to completion.
Once the final frame has been snapped, children can watch their animations on screen start to finish, and on a forwards or forwards-then-backwards loop. As you'd hope, there's a free mode in which children are free to create animations of their own design without on-screen guidance.
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