Playing beyond sedentary gaming
Products such as the Disney Playmation combine active play with video-game features to create a new hybrid game. With this wearable toy the player is required to run jump, shoot, hide, stand still, et cetera, while listening to sound effects and a narration. Moreover, it tracks the performance as well as the progress and upgrades the possibilities of the game. Kids might really want to play more, which means they might move more!
The introduction of technology in physical activities is even encouraging children to play certain sports. There are new gadgets that the toy industry is launching to the market to enhance sports such as biking, skating, or swimming. The Kidizoom Action Cam by Vtech, a recording camera for children playing sports is a good example of these kind of toys.
Another product worth mentioning is the Slackers Flying Saucer LED Swing Seat, a seat with LED lights that can be attached to any zipline and is designed to make the ziplining experience more fun and engaging for both boys and girls.