Denmark researches toys for the future, sponsored by robocash  

2003.02.13
Danish toy company Kompan is entering a research cooperation involving robotics to develop new types of IT-based creative toys

The Lego-owned creative toy company Kompan is entering a cooperation with Danfoss Universe and three research institutions to develop new types of IT-based creative toys. The project is called "Body Games" and has a budget of DKK 6 million (USD 900 thousand), of which half is coming from the Ministry for Science Innovation and Technology and half from the so-called "robo-cluster" cooperation at the Mærsk McKinney Møller Institute, University of Southern Denmark in Odense. The two other research institutions are the Mads Clausen Institute for Product Innovation and the Media Laboratory. Project Body Games will run for 18 months and aims to transfer elements from existing computer games to new types of creative toys, which encourage physical activity in children and youngsters with new forms of play.

 

"Microprocessors can make toys interactive, sensors can react to light, sound and pressure, and artificial intelligence and robot technology can individualise play" says Karin Müller, a consultant at Kompan. To this Professor Henrik Hautop Lund at the Mærsk Institute adds that robot technology has much to offer the world of creative toys. The news is reported by Erhvervsbladet.

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