Swinxs

Swinxs

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Carrie McBride
Mar 19, 2008

Will Swinxs be the next big thing? Billing itself as a "revolutionary, active gaming concept" it aims to tear kids away from tvs and video games with a portable console intended for both indoor and outdoor use and with the aim of encouraging active physical play and social interaction.

Swinxs is the newest project of Eduard Zanen, founder of the Bugaboo company. It launches in the Netherlands next month and will surely be making its way to the U.S. But what exactly is it? It's a talking console that acts as coach and referee - explaining game rules and keeping score. Up to four children play at once and each wears a RFID wristband embedded with a microchip that communicates with the Swinxs console. There are three types of games - active, social and adventure. You can get a better idea of how it works and the kinds of games kids play with it by watching the video below.

The Swinxs unit attaches to a computer via USB so kids can upload performance data and download new (free) games. No word yet on the price of the unit.

What do you think of the Swinxs concept? We like it in comparison to the passive and often solitary nature of computer and video games, but wonder if we can't just convince kids to go out and play.

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