Technology and Playtime Collide with Disney Wearable Toys
Like Google Glasses or Apple Watches that have incorporated cutting-edge technology into old-fashioned items we use every day, Disney’s new “Playmation” integrates technology into the youngest generation’s every day, un-modern form of playtime, toys. The new wearables for kids will revolutionize the way children play by getting them up off the couch and into the action of their favorite character’s missions. Top Christmas toys for 2015 will include kids wearable toys.
Children inherently want to be active, but video games are captivating and easy to get lost in. They’re also strapped to the wall, understandably drawing children to sit and play them for hours. Disney’s new wearables for children are in a category all their own. They incorporate the appeal and intrigue of navigating through an action-packed video game, without children looking at any kind of screen.
It’s one thing to be in control of Iron Man’s operations using the up and down arrows on a controller, but that interaction gets kicked up to a whole new level when you’re able to actually don his gear while he navigates you on a top-secret mission through your own back yard. The wearable toys are a clever mix between costumes and electronically narrated stories. They are cloud-based, have multi-player capabilities, and require no Internet connection. So they can be played virtually anywhere, with anyone, and the adventure can be saved and picked back up another time.
With the new technology of Disney’s wearable toys, available for pre-order in July, kids don’t just control the character on a screen; they are the character. Combining the most old-fashioned and healthy way of playing with new technology, “Playmation” is a huge step towards encouraging kids everywhere to get up and move.
The Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Starter Pack is priced at $119.99. Star Wars and Disney Frozen systems are currently in development for 2016 and 2017.