Sony and LEGO Collaborating on Interactive Toys

Could we see video game applications of this research?

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Sony and LEGO Collaborating on Interactive Toys
LEGO and Sony have revealed a collaboration to design and produce an experimental range of block toys that work with motors, cameras and PlayStation controllers. It's an attempt to increase LEGO appeal among tech and game-savvy kids, but could also spark development of new video game projects.

A number of prototypes were showcased at Sony's Computer Science lab earlier this month. Some LEGO pieces included cameras that sent video to smartphone and tablet devices. One experiment allowed a user to control a brick-built toy with motorised wheels attached, that could be driven with a PlayStation controller. Another involved actuators which could topple LEGO structures on demand.

"Lego is concerned about losing kids to video games," said Ganta Kondo from Sony's R&D department. "We want to keep the size small, but add interactive games." Of course, its use could spread to the PlayStation platform too, given Activision's success combining toys and video games with the Skylanders franchise.

At the moment though, there are no plans for producing consumer products on the back of these experiments.

Source: Data Group Report (via Network World)


Mckenzie 8 Jun 2013 06:39
new entry into Cake of the Week last week. Amy joined us from Cooking,Cakes and Children with this fauolbus lego cake. I'm desperate to do a funky lego cake but try as I might my girls seem to want other
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