Of all the exciting things which happened over the half-term break, there was one constant. CM was fortunate to receive a special delivery from Project Mc2 and it came with us everywhere. On the top of so many lists to Father Christmas, CM is Christmas ready with the Project Mc2 Pixel Purse.
Brightly coloured to cheer up any outfit, the clue as to the S.T.E.A.M. element of this latest addition to Project Mc2 is in the pixels. 512 LEDs to be precise.The handbag has a ‘zip’ fastening, a release switch to open the back. In CM’s case there was also enough space for her lip gloss and small purse. Because the most important element to hold in this bag is the phone.
Now, this is one that makes me a little uneasy. CM has a phone, which may seem wrong for an 8 yo. She does however prefer phones to the family tablet, and has a laptop for schoolwork. Not used in its traditional sense, CM’s phone is solely used to play games. But, so far it’s never left the house.
The fun of the Project Mc2 Pixel Purse is in downloading the app to your phone and connecting it to the purse.Without connecting the phone, there are a number of designs you can ‘play’ on your purse. By using the purse in conjunction with the app you can make use of the additional pre-programmed designs. You can also take the time to create your own animation, with different colours, text and images for maximum effect.
The app itself is really straightforward to use, and fantastic for creating messages to communicate in addition to “Geek Is The New Cool!!”.
CM has loved taking the bag everywhere with her, and it has drawn a lot of interest with its ‘wow’ LED factor.
It’s been on a train journey to London which has meant we’ve broken up a lot of time creating fun designs.
There’s the already mentioned consideration of needing a phone connected to create maximum impact and fun. Limiting use for anyone without a phone, or without easy access to a phone.
The purse is quite bulky when you consider how little space there is to hold items. This isn’t a particular problem for an 8 yo, but does defeat the design of any purse.
It’s pink. Very pink. And yes, that’s ok with my 8yo, but it would be good to have a variety of colourways.
And finally, I have to acknowledge the price point, currently retailing for around £49.99 it’s an expensive gift- especially for a purse which doesn’t hold much.
This should surely be weighed up with the amount of science and technology the item holds. Compare it to lots of game console related gifts, it is value for money.
And it is lots of fun, occupying spare time and creating impact when out and about. It’s understandable why this would be top of anyone’s Christmas list. CM has spent hours creating designs and has enjoyed and engaged with those offering compliments on the bag.
So, if hindsight was possible when thinking about Christmas Lists, I would be encouraging Father Christmas to include the Pixel Purse in CM’s Christmas stocking.
Disclosure: We received the Project Mc2 Pixel Purse for the purpose of this review. All opinions and views contained are our own.