Augmenting Toys: The Future of Play (Part 2)
Many companies are catching on to the smart and interactive toys that children these day absolutely love.
Disney has launched a new line of augmented reality toys to turn kids into their favorite superheroes from the Marvel universe of characters. When you strap on the repulsor, you enter a virtual world and you then complete missions in that virtual world. Children are encouraged to move around, run, be active and play while interacting with their virtual world and completing missions within the Marvel world.
The Playmation set uses sensors in a wearable wrist-band piece which uses gyroscopes, accelerometers, and gesture recognition to allow wearers to interact with predesigned missions so that children can participate in superhero battles.
The device provides feedback to the user through use of sound, light and haptic feedback (vibration) to engage the wearer. The rest is up to the child’s imagination. The set allows the child to intreact with their toy, run play and be a child. It also connects in to computers, smartphones, and tablets.
Watch the video below to learn more about Playmation and their wearable technology.
Lego is also developing some smarter toys that interact with kids and allows them to control their toys with a remote or a “one brick” technology. The Lego mindstorms are another great way that technology and toys are growing in their abilities, interactions and explorations of any child’s virtual fantasy world.
Watch the video below to learn more about Lego and their new developments.
The key difference between regular toys and “smart” toys is the connection between the virtual experience and the “real world”. Playmation will require children to run, walk, play, jump, and more to complete missions, battles, and level up their character in the virtual world. Lego will require children to follow directions and will allow interactions with ‘smart Legos’ and their phones as a result. This mixing of the virtual and real worlds or augmentation of reality will continue to revolutionize the toy industry and inspire a new generation of childhood toys and memories.
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