Almost every children’s toy out on the market has some form of educational function, and in recent years, coding has been a popular trend. We’ve covered a few interesting pieces in the past, but all of them are more sit and play sort of toys. As a kid, I was one of those lazy ones that prefer sitting in an air conditioned room playing with a toy I can just sit and watch, so all those quiet toys would be quite appealing for kid me. But not all children like doing quiet things all the time; in fact, most prefer running around in the great outdoors. So today, we’re going to introduce something for all the active kids. Meet Hackaball, the world’s only award-winning throwable computer ball that children can invent games with, learning coding logic and elements as they play.
Hackaball is designed to be played with kids of all ages, so being durable and tough is an important part of the toy. Its main computing components are put inside a shock absorbing shell, along with an outer rubbery casing to improve grip for children’s small hands. It’s also responsive and programmable, allowing children to invent their own games and set their own rules via an accompanying app through Bluetooth connectivity. With this, the games can vary from easy and simple hot potato to an unique, elaborate game with crazy rules. It’s perfect for kids of any ages, because the games simply evolve as the children get older.
The ball is essentially made of a gyro, an accelerometer, a vibration motor, 9 LED lights, a rechargeable batter, memory storage, and a speaker. So besides making the ball change color to indicate certain happenings, you can also have it vibrate or even make sounds to add in more rules and fun for the kids. There’s even a robotic fart sound we know the kids are going to love and go crazy over. The best thing about all this is that everything is not based around words, but sounds and visuals, so children of all ages can understand what is going on. This is also a trend we are seeing with these coding toys, because eliminating the barrier of words and replacing it with more universal pictures and sounds is not only more accommodating and accessible, but also attention grabbing for the kids. This is what allows them to truly learn and understand the concepts of something as complex as coding.
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