Social Interaction for Toddlers

Passi and Ripatti have created a really interesting prototype of an Internet-connected toy that serves as a way for toddlers to socially interact and provide status updates with each other…social networking with toys. By fitting the circle shape into the toy, the toy signals the corresponding shape on the other one. This may serve as a reminder for the other child that it’s time to brush your teeth. Passi and Ripatti will continue building upon their “social media for toddlers” project and are sure this will inspire some new products of the same ilk.

IOBR - Social Interactivity Toy for Kids

IOBR - Social Interactivity Toy for Kids

Here is a demonstration of the social thing toy for toddlers:

The IOBR uses the Brio Shape Sorting Box and the ioBridge IO-204 to connect the two systems together native using ioBridge web services. Their project uses the feature that two IO-204 modules (or more) can be linked together using the ioBridge web services.

IOBR Social Toy next to ioBridge IO-204

IOBR Social Toy next to ioBridge IO-204

IOBR System Overview

IOBR System Overview

If you are interested in learned more, visit the website passiripatti.com to find  a breakdown of the project, photos, and other amazing projects.

Maker Faire Wrap Up

Over 2000 people came to the first annual Maker Faire North Carolina in Durham, NC. There were makers from all over. It was a blast!

We had on display web-enabled robots, toys, and interactive projects created by the ioBridge community. Some of those projects included, an iPhone and Twitter controlled Donkey Kong, X10 controlled lamp, streaming temperature sensor, and a remote controlled dog treat dispenser.

While we were there, we captured some footage of our projects on display and exhibits that we were able to see. There were so many great projects and so little time. We made a quick YouTube video and posted pictures to the ioBridge Flickr group.

Thanks to all of the volunteers, exhibitors, and sponsors who made the Maker Faire NC such a success.

Looking forward to 2011!

Happy Holidays from ioBridge

Santa vs. Domo

Santa vs. Domo

We wanted to take a moment and thank all of our customers, users, developers, and everyone that makes up the ioBridge Community. Our wish to you and yours is that you have a safe and happy holiday season. Enjoy your downtime, friends, and family.  See you in the New Year!

Enjoy some projects…

  • Xmas-Box.com — Interactive Christmas lights sync to music, songs are selected on web site, and if you are local you can listen to the music on your radio as you watch
  • Pacific Lights – Control Christmas lights in New Zealand
  • Serv O’Beer – Have your iPhone pour a beverage for your New Year’s party
  • Santa vs. Domo – Play with some interactive toys on Andy Leer’s blog and let Santa have it
  • iPhone Controlled Lights – Control your Christmas lights with a touch of your iPhone using the open ioBridge PHP Proxy

Cheers.

Interactive Toy Fighting – Domo vs. Munny

We found out what happens when you place two lovable toys against each other. They attack!

Hack Pittsburgh member Andy Leer created an interactive toy fight featuring Domo and Munny squaring off. You get to control one of the characters and watch the battle via a webcam live. Move over “Internet of Things”  – make way for the “Internet of Vengeful Toys”.

Munny vs. Domo

Munny vs. Domo

The Munny and Domokun are attached to servos. The servos are connected to the ioBridge servo controller and IO-204. You control the toys with  servo slider widgets. Andy’s blog mentions that the next version will have iPhone support.  Visit his blog to play and sweep the leg at the Domo Dojo.