Tori interactive toys
Tori. © Bandai Namco.
Bandai Namco is launching a new platform, Tori, which will combine physical toys with iOS and Android mobile apps. Tori is the product of a collaboration between Bandai Namco and the French technology firm ISKN, which developed the Slate graphics tablet. Tori is described as “a creative and imaginative ecosystem,” primarily targeted at children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. Using technology called “Mirror Play”, children can use physical toys to control and interact with digital apps. The platform will launch on October 2 with the Tori Explorer Pack, which will include three physical items that can interact with the software (via a Tori Board tablet that detects toy movements): a wand, a catapult, and a spacecraft. There will be five Tori apps available on the App Store and Google Play on the same day (iOS and Android). The system reminds us of Nintendo’s Labo, which combines physical objects and applications for the Nintendo Switch. The price is said to be USD169.
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