Technology has become an integral part of every sphere of our life. The car we drive, the phone we use, the television we watch, the laptop we work on – technological advances have made way into our lives in innumerable forms. And while such advances are helping adults live a more fruitful life, innovations in products for children can result in a better future.
A Ball that’s Smart
Smart technology is gaining widespread popularity across the globe. From smartwatches, to smart glasses, smart wallets to other wearables, smart technology is transforming our lives in more ways than one. Riding on this wave of revolution is innovation accelerator Made By Many, in partnership with industrial designer MAP which has created a state-of-the-art playing ball for children. Hackaball is a smart and responsive ball that gives kids the freedom to program and play games of their own choice. Currently, the Hackaball is compatible with iOS devices.
The Power of Coding
Coding is a mechanism through which individuals can showcase their creativity to develop ground-breaking products that have the ability to transform lives. While many programmers mastered the art of coding by fiddling with their computers, Hackaball aims to inspire the next generation to develop the knack of coding. By allowing children to program and invent games, Hackaball empowers them and makes them familiar with coding and the things it can achieve. It encourages children to learn about technology at a young age, thereby making them physically and mentally active.
- An interactive ball that teaches kids the basics of coding through creative play
- The inbuilt speakers play different sounds that perforate through the holes in the outer silicone casing
- The colourful LED lights change colours as the ball bounces or hits a surface
- It stimulates the minds of children and makes them move around more
- By adjusting the lighting, sound and vibration of the ball on the iOS app, children can invent new and exciting games
- Once the game has been programmed, kids can transfer it through wireless onto their ball
The Hackaball is made up of two translucent halves. A silicone membrane holds the halves together and is covered with a holed silicone skin. Additionally, the Hackaball contains:
- Rechargeable battery
- Inbuilt memory
- Vibration motor
- Smart sensors
- Built-in speakers
- A series of LED lights that change colours based on different triggers
Easy to Program iOS App
The Hackaball can be paired with any iOS device through the Hackaball app. Through the app, children can create games and load them into the ball. The app also has a certain number of pre-loaded games with locked features that need to be unlocked by the children themselves. This challenging activity compels children to think logically and apply their minds in order to solve the puzzles before they can play them. Additionally, there is a programmer in the app that has the ability build games through the app’s building block interface.
A Bright Future
With many schools in the UK and US introducing coding as a subject for children, the Hackaball is sure to have a bright future. It represents a whole new attitude to coding and learning, enabling children to exploit technology to create products of innovation. While the developer companies expect to raise around $100,000 for growth and expansion, Hackaball is expected to be launched by the end of 2015. Currently, it can be pre-ordered for £75 from their official website.
Rajiv is one of the founders of Nimblechapps, a web and android game development company based out of India. At Nimblechapps he overlooks delivery, product development and often lends a hand to the in house development team. His personal interest include Travel, Food and Motorcycling.