With so many kid-friendly video games, apps, and applications today,
it may be exhausting for folks to pry their youngsters away from the
display screen—however not all display screen time must be passive. 

SwapBots is a brand new line of bodily toys that spring to life
when paired with a smartphone or pill, due to augmented
actuality. The toy itself is made up of assorted blocks that you simply
stack up, three items excessive, to make a personality—decide between
totally different toes, torsos, and heads. The blocks are light-weight,
and are simpler to stack than your normal Lego bricks.


As soon as your bot is able to roll, the app will stroll you thru
the pairing course of, which solely takes seconds and entails
holding the toy up in entrance of the digital camera. As soon as activated, your
character will start to maneuver—flapping its wings, wiggling its
tentacles, or no matter options you’ve given your bot.

As for the app, it incorporates totally different minigames you can
play together with your SwapBot. The demo I noticed at South by Southwest
concerned tapping the iPad’s display screen to shoot fireballs at
targets, and shifting your bot round to gather gadgets and earn
in-game forex (which seem like bolts, naturally). Additionally in
the works is a storytelling characteristic that may allow you to discover
totally different narratives for the character you created.

Every block has a special attribute, so no two bots will
be the identical—and totally different traits come in useful,
relying on the sport you’re taking part in. For instance, it is likely to be
helpful to have a personality with wings throughout a degree with
high-up targets.

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Not solely are the SwapBots toys actually cute, it has an amazing
value level contemplating the tech behind it—a starter pack of
three characters will solely price $20, and the app itself is each
free-to-play and freed from in-app purchases.  

You’ll be able to
preorder a starter pack of SwapBots by way of Kickstarter, which
comes with three full characters you can construct out with
numerous components. It’s set to ship later this summer season—try the
video above to see them in motion.

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