Wish your kids spent less time with the tablet? Get them moving with an interactive floor from LumoPlay

Wish your kids spent less time with the tablet? Get them moving with an interactive floor from LumoPlay
It is no secret that our mobile devices have brought us unheard-of levels of convenience. They provide connectivity, entertainment, the whole internet to the palms of our hands.

They are also a great short-term pacifier for kids when we want them to focus on something while we do “adult” things, not unlike the ways kids would get “sat down” in front of television in previous generations.

In developed markets though, there is a growing problem with unhealthy weight in kids (and adults), particularly the US, where people are getting a little too sedentary in their lifestyles. Since technology is here to stay, Canada-based LumoPlay has solution to make the games a bit more interactive, and get the kids more active.

The Lumo is an Android-powered, motion-sensor-equipped projector that turns any floor into an interactive play space. The initial focus is on kids aged 7 and under. From dancing games, to “air” hockey, and even a version of Hungry-Hungry Hippos (called Greedy Gators), they’ll be jumping, dancing and having all sorts of fun. There over 100 games ready for Lumo.

On top of that, kids can use web-based content creation templates to help them create their own game environments, using their own drawings and artwork. Lumo also has a software developer kit, developers that have existing games for kids that were designed for tablets using Unity can port their apps and function with Lumo’s motion reactive system.

The Lumo is a neat take on augmented reality fostering engagement from kids to think of ways to create their own content and be active with the technology – a far better option than simply zoning out on the couch with the family gadgets (today, as much as 40 hours per week is spent in front of a computer screen of some type). For young kids, being active is more than just a physical health benefit, it also helps with motor skill development, problem solving, pattern recognition, and other important childhood development milestones.

Check out the reference link below to learn more about the Lumo. If you are a developer, you can connect with LumoPlay to get the SDK and bring your game to the Lumo.



reference: LumoPlay

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8 Comments

1. carlemillward unregistered

This is more of advertising than an article, its barely related to phones, by a long stretch.

2. Gawain

Posts: 436; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

They do these kinds of articles all the time when they go to trade shows. Plus, I got some friends with some lazy @zz kids that I think could do with a bit of jumping around...It's related to Android, and it's a mobile-first platform...yeah it's a stretch, but an ad? meh...

3. gaming64 unregistered

phoneArena is a tech website. Anything related to tech is worth putting up. You can go to other websites if you want news exclusive to phones.

7. waddup121 unregistered

okay this is nice!

4. gaming64 unregistered

Seriously? Dads! Teach your kids sports, moms teach your kids sports. We are at modern times now and kids are born in it so of course they would have their faces 2" from the screen. It's the parent's responsibility to have their kids maintain good health.

6. Downtime24g

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

agreed, my 3yo is sucked into her nabi but she loves to play. mix in some interaction and this is a win-win for everyone

5. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

What about just taking it away from them, uh? Revolutionary, isn't it?

8. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

I wonder if i could play asphalt on this.

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