Thingscon Salon #5 – The Internet of Toys
Thingscon Amsterdam will organise a Thingscon Salon with the theme The internet of toys.
Connected objects that invite their users to play with them have a special set of design rules. In this Salon, a selection of designers will present case studies on connected toys they have developed and the design decisions they made. Do you have a connected game idea or project you want to pitch? Tell us! Send an email to Monique van Dusseldorp via email@example.com
The best 5 proposals will be invited to present at the event.
There are great presentations by :
Justyna Zubrycka, chief designer and co-founder of Vai Kai (Berlin). The Berlin-based Startup Vai Kai (Lithuanian for ‘children’) makes crafted wooden toy twins that enable kids to discover free play and a connected world without screens. The question of how to create something for children that toes the line between tech and play, drove the duo to create their first product.
Helma van Rijn, designer and founder of LINKX, which combines wooden tags with an app. Parents and teachers can use these to help children learn new words. They can add words and tags to the child’s environment.
Wouter Reeskamp, Creatrive Director Studio Sophisti (Amsterdam), a connected product design studio that connects physical objects and digital media by combining skills from industrial and interaction design, software and electronics development. Studio Sophisti is known for its focus on games, and have developed connected games platforms like the NFC game board, the Game changer gameboard as well as the Verzis game controller.
Dana Cannam, of DANA CANNAM DESIGN (Rotterdam), a multidisciplinary studio specializing in exploring the relationship between craft and technology. Dana will present Qmod, an educational platform that teaches the fundamentals of generating, harnessing and utilizing alternative energy. The platform focuses on engagement into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related learning through interactive story telling and hands-on experiences.
Ismael Velo Feijoo, a recent TU/e graduate will present his graduation project MISC. Magic Toys. “What if there could be something that mixes the charm of wooden toys with the enchantment of the interactive ones in the context of special education?” The screenless interactive toys are tangible user interfaces that serve both as inputs and outputs, with no computers or devices involved in order to prioritise tactile, multi-sensory exploration of the play objects.
Matt Webb, MD of R/GA’s Internet of Things startup accelerator in London. Matt was a co-founder of Berg, the design studio that did the design, build, manufacture and support of one of the world’s first consumer Internet of Things devices, called the Little Printer. Matt is looking for start-ups interested in being part of the R/GA acceleration program.
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