Many of the products profiled at TMC (News - Alert) relate to the working life of adults. Children, however, also make up a large part of the population, and as such, businesses can just as easily target them with new technologies. Dynepic, a creator of customized learning devices, is one such company that has its sights on a younger population.
Dynepic ‘s newest product, the DynePod, operates in what the company refers to as the Internet of Toys. Similar to the Internet of Things, where devices across the world connect with each other through global networks, DynePods can wirelessly connect with each other to enhance the toys with which children play.
They serve the purpose of introducing children to interactive devices, which they can link to simple projects they develop on their tablets. The devices themselves include Bluetooth, vibration and buzzer elements, movement sensors, and 5x5 LED displays.
The Dynepic website describes the Internet of Toys.
“The Internet of Toys is an open platform, developed by Dynepic, designed to allow toys to connect wirelessly with each other and cloud driven content,” the site says. “Children are choosing tablets over toys because the digital playground provides content on-demand. The IoToys enables toys to engage children in a way that is consistent with the 21st century fusion of the digital and natural world. Just as adults are developing the connected home, tethering household devices to technology, the IoToys allows children to bring similar innovation to their own lives.”
Children can wear DynePods like a wristwatch and can connect them with an iOS app that allows the devices to function in tandem with their tablets. The iOS app provides a development interface for them to create axioims that include If/Then statements that can trigger DynePods in a variety of ways. This may include having a DynePod vibrate if a friend’s DynePod is near. It can also provide room security by blinking or alerting other devices if it is moved.
Dynepic says kids can customize their “FUN” by making their playtime more interactive and by linking it with programming puzzles. The Internet of Toys makes it possible for kids to enter a world often reserved for adults. The DynePod app provides them with a simple interface that can teach them the basics of what programming, app development, and device linking is all about. And in the process they can have fun.
Edited by Maurice Nagle
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