Hybrid Play is a new solution that combines playground activities with mobile gaming, turning outdoor playsets into game controllers for a completely new experience of outdoor play.
Hybrid Play is an innovative active gaming system that uses playground equipment to control games on children's smartphones and tablets. Playground toys like see-saws or swing sets are effectively turned into big game controllers using the Hybrid Play sensor. To play, kids can clip the sensor onto slides and other playground equipment and then run around, swing, slide and have fun doing other playground activities to control the video game. The system combines outdoor physical activity, group play, communication, teamwork and digital games to encourage children to be more active. It is designed for kids aged 6 to 12 and very easy to use. All kids need to do is place the sensor on a piece of playground equipment, start the Hybrid Play app, and play.
Hybrid Play is based on an Arduino electronic platform and the clip with the sensor is specifically designed for recreational equipment that rotates around an axis and can easily grip any surface between 2 and 4 centimetres wide. The sensor is resistant to dust, water and impact. The system uses an accelerometer, a gyroscope, Bluetooth and an infrared sensor to convert movements into signals which are then turned into virtual action by the Hybrid Play app. The software picks up the movement data from the sensor and transforms it into various actions in the video game, including walking, running, turning, and jumping. The app will be available with a variety of games to choose from and will even allow users to create their own games.
The team that developed Hybrid Play is currently hoping to raise funds for hardware production and games development on Indiegogo. If the campaign reaches its goal by November 28, the first units will start shipping out in spring 2015. The app and the games can be previewed on Android.
To see the system at play, watch the video.