A new form of climbing frame featuring AR technology and an app generated monkey is giving kids the chance to quite literally step into their own virtual worlds.
Lil’ Monkey is both a climbing dome and a game, and aims to combine active play with “the natural connection we all have to technology.”
Thanks to a free app, the frame can detect the location of the child as they move and generate the Lil’ Monkey character for them to interact with.
In a bid to encourage healthy play, Lil’ Monkey will then instruct the child to feed him with fruits, discover treasure and win points. The quicker a child moves about the climbing frame, the more points they win.
The game was born from changing toy trends.
“Being a father of three, it came to my attention that my children and all of their friends spend all day with their tablets and not enough time in active play,” said Ido Klein, Lil’ Monkeys creator and CEO.
Rather than fighting the trend, Klein decided to combine it with active play.
“This seemed like such an obvious solution to me, so I set about innovating the ultimate 21st century toy.
“The combination of outdoor fun and modern, cutting edge technology is amazing. It makes the climbing construction so much more fun.”
Designed to grow with a child, the Lil’ Monkey comes with 28 stages and more are in development.
The interactive climbing frame retails for £89.95 and will be available from March 2015.