Can you imagine that your children will born in the world where virtual games become real?
So, this will be possible very soon as a new development by Toytemic Inventions — a technological platform for wireless networks — has recently got a grant for producing a new line of these toys that should be turned into game units, networked and then played and controlled in the same manner as units in computer games.
Here are some quotes from their description:
toys should be able to recognize each other and enter into signal-based (speech-based, for instance) and motive interaction (i.e., motor interaction) with each other, with the user and with any other household consumer electronics
toys should be formative for any networks of arbitrary configuration and be able to interact within an applicable model and/or game story
toys (or toy networks) should be able, in real time, to make a topological map of spatial area containing changeable environment made up of various objects (shape, location and spatial movements of each item of furniture, chattels, etc)
toys should be able to further evolve by way of changeable modular make-up and adaptability of behavior patterns
toys should be able to make exchanges of information (current parameters, current status, behavior scenarios, etc.) with corresponding virtual environment
It seems that our kids will play with robots instead of sitting glued to the PC displays.