Tobi has passed along and his daughter might still be reachable at the mailing address below.
The Vector Flexor® is a pre-assembled kit of sticks
and rubber connectors that pops into a geometric shape Tobi calls the Vector
Equilibrium. Pushing on the model results in an icosahedron (you have to
imagine six "missing" sticks to see the 20 equilateral triangles). A bit
more pressure and you will have a regular octahedron. Squash it flat and
you have a triangle consisting of four small triangles. Fold the three
outside triangles up (or down) and you have a tetrahedron. Get a bunch of
'em and make a dodecahedron -- beware, though, four-year-olds love to play
Write to Tobi Toys at P.O. Box 81, Lakeside, CA 92040
The magical business card and origamic time stealer
This invention of Tobi folds into one of two kinds of a four sided solid
figure known as a left or right handed mite. By using some of the
triangular folds as tabs, you can connect a bunch of them to form a dizzying
array of figures. My favorite is the perfect cube that folds out into a
These can be preprinted with your name or your company's name for
advertising or just to play with. The picture here does little justice to
the solid figure. We're working on photographic techniques to show off this
dandy little toy.
A synergetic art project for the Web. Quote from here: "HypArt features
blank digital canvases, each divided into a series of squares. Artists the world
over add their own artistic contribution to one of the subdivided areas. The result is a surprisingly cohesive single image, rather than a mosaic of discrete
parts. Anyone is welcome to contribute to the growing number of collaborative digital paintings. HypArt is maintained by Klaus Rosenfeld."