Cracking the Code Creating interactive 'App Toys' using smartphones and bespoke hardware

Cracking the Code Creating interactive 'App Toys' using smartphones and bespoke hardware

Many toys already include computers. An ‘App Toy’ combines dedicated toy hardware with a smartphone or tablet to create a highly interactive toy. The toy uses sensors built into the smartphone. This can include its microphone, camera and accelerometer, as well as its built-in software for voice recognition. The image displayed on the screen is reflected on a mirror inside the toy and can change, depending on the image recorded by the device’s sensors. Another example allows interaction between 'App Toys' using Bluetooth networking between two smartphones, or a smartphone and a tablet. These toys rely on programs running on the smartphone. Making changes to one of these programs then changes the way that toy works, for example the pitch of a toy dinosaur’s roar can be changed by just editing one number.

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