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Hackaball – A programmable ball for active and creative play

Hackaball is a A smart and responsive ball children can program to invent and play their own games. Hackaball encourages kids to learn about technology, play together and be physically active. Hackaball can be programmed by children as young as six with the iPad app. Program games like Truth or Dare. Shake the ball, and if it goes red you tell the truth, if it goes blue you do a dare!

It’s for kids aged 6 to 10 but we’ve seen younger children have fun with Hackaball with a little help from their siblings or parents.

How does it work?

The computer inside Hackaball has sensors that detect motions like being dropped, bounced, kicked, shaken or being perfectly still. Children hack the ball with an iPad app which allows them to go in and change the behaviour of Hackaball to do what they want.

The paired iPad app comes pre-loaded with several games that can be sent to Hackaball to get kids started. Once they’ve mastered these initial games, kids can create brand new ones using a simple building block interface, experimenting with Hackaball’s sounds, LED lighting effects and rumble patterns. You can install the app on as many iPads as you like, it’s free!

Hackaball grows the more they play. Rewarding kids with unlockable features, challenging them with broken games to fix and the ability to share their creations with friends. The variety of games children make and play are limited only by their imagination. Here’s some games they’ve already made.

At the time of writing, there are still plenty of Hackaballs available for the early-bird price of $65 (about £40, AU$85). After they’re gone, the price will go up to $69 (about £45, AU$90). The creators are hoping to raise a total of $100,000 and expect to ship the balls in December 2015.

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