Swinxs is calling itself the first screen-free, family-friendly (and award winning) game console that uses technology to add a fresh twist to traditional play encouraging social interaction, creativity and physical game play suitable for in-and-outdoor settings.
I was lucky enough to have received a testing unit from Arnout Asjes - Managing Director for Swinxs with 40 FRID bands to test with my classes (Thanks Arnout!). I will be giving the unit to my students to develop standard driven lesson plans that cover the 3 domains of learning (psychomotor, cognitive, and affective) but I wanted to try it out before the fall. After charging the wireless base for at least 8 hours via the included USB cord, each unit is pre-loaded with 10 games but of course you can go online and download (for free) many other games or even develop your own games with the free SDK kit. I will be playing with this unit for a while with my kids and others and will update this blog with my reflections and reactions. Check back here for all the news on Swinxs via the ExerGame Lab.
- FREE downloadable games. (Most DLC's cost money)
- Large groups of students can be active at the same time.
- Simple games that will be easy to play for kids of all ages.
- Highly customizable games for the teacher to emphasize any domain or learning objective
- The FRID XS-wristbands encased in silicone / rubber will be easy to clean.
- For its size, the volume is surprisingly loud given that is the main method of communicating with the players.
- Included speaker might not be loud enough for noisy gyms or fields. It would be good to have an external speaker output to be able to plug in a louder speaker. Our department has a couple of these wireless rechargeable speakers with iPod charging docks and hooking into one of those would be perfect outdoors.
- XS-wristbands made of silicone or rubber