I think that one of the coolest things that you can do with technology is to teach the next generation to use it. I have three nieces and nephews and without fail when my tablet comes out, they climb up on my lap. I pretty much let them do what they want with it with the exception of run around the house. The worst thing that can happen is that I get a little snot on my screen. Nothing a good cleaning won’t take care of. There are some things that I can do on my tablet that make me act like a little kid. I love technology so much, and things like augmented reality make me smile. The augmented reality milk carton from Norway makes me wish someone in the US would do it just so I could buy a carton. I would probably wash the carton out when the milk was gone just so I could continue to play with it!
At CES, QUALCOMM had a new Sesame Street augmented reality toy featuring Bert and Ernie on display. Like all things Sesame Street the goal is to make playtime not only fun, but educational as well. As you can see in the video the room interacts with certain objects that you place in it. Inserting the jukebox turned on some music and started the disco ball. A car and toilet are a couple of the other accessories that will be available. There are some pretty cool toy accessories available mostly for the iPad, but I think augmented reality is where the real fun is going to be had in the near future. There is no set date when these will be released, but I would hope to see them sometime this year.