Its name is Playmation and it is the new project by Disney and Hasbro together to give the kids a new way of playing and enjoying their favorite characters. How? With a kind of augmented reality mechanism!

Playmation kits will be composed of wearable toys, that will immerse the kids in missions occurring in the real world thanks to infrared technology, gestures recognition and radio frequencies. A voice will guide them towards the game goals as they are the true main characters and, as the mission will be completed, the little players will find themselves face to face with the enemy boss, fighting him as true super heroes thanks to the equipment, that will vibrate and make them feel they have superpowers.
The enemies will be little action figures to put on some special bases and they will interact in the game thanks to the equipment. The missions, Disney assures, will be all in the real life, so it will be a good method to end the bad habit of passing too many hours in front of a screen or playing with mobile devices.

Senior vice president of strategy and business development at Disney Consumer Products, Kareem Daniel said “We use digital technology to make active physical play more exciting for kids. Parents believe technology is becoming a natural part of kids’ lives, but at the same time most parents are nostalgic about how active they were when they played growing up. Kids love to play make-believe and become super heroes, and Playmation offers lots of different ways to play.”

The first announced kit, as we can read on Playmation official site, will be the one dedicated to Marvel’s Avengers, that will be out next fall. In 2016 it will be the turn of Star Wars, then in 2017 we’ll see the Frozen one.

The Avengers’ kit for now will have 25 missions, but surely it will be expanded thanks to the updating that technology and apps make possible.

Now that the article is ended, confess: how many adults are thinking of buying these kits for themselves? 😉

At the Microsoft keynote from the E3 2015 press conference, that took place in Los Angeles just few days ago, Microsoft presented a long awaited preview of the famous game Minecraft played with HoloLens.

In fact, it was already known that Microsoft and Mojang were developing a version of Minecraft for the augmented reality headset HoloLens, and, as expected, they decided to give a spectacular proof of the potentialities of the game and the headset together.

In front of the E3 public, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer presented the special version of the game with HoloLens in action.

As first thing, the sandbox version of the game, thanks to augmented reality, can be played wherever: in the video you will see that, with just only a vocal command, a complete, playable Minecraft world appeared on a table. The stability of the hologram, even while the man was moving around, remained perfect, as well as the visibility of the objects. The view was perfect even zooming closer, so much to see inside the buildings.

There was a moment when the presenter wanted to follow another player in the game: the vision zoomed on the player and smoothly started to follow the character.

The commands to interact with the game are just the voice or the Microsoft’s “air tap” gesture where you raise your index finger and tap down, but there’s the possibility of using also the typical controller.

The news are many and the public was very happy of these new features; HoloLens is waiting to be out around January 2016 with the special Minecraft version at a very affordable price.