3D printing brings video game characters to life.
More fun, improved digital literacy skills, and a better mix between ‘old-school’ playing and online games. According to researchers from KU Leuven and iMinds, toys that combine online and offline elements offer many exciting possibilities for young children – and their parents.
“The world of children’s toys is changing rapidly,” says Professor Bieke Zaman, research coordinator of the WOOPI project. “Tablet computers, for instance, have become very successful, but children still want to play with something tangible as well. They see a character in a comic book and want to play with a figurine of that character at school. And when they come home, they turn on the computer to play with the online version of that same character.”