“Smart” Playgrounds Emerge While Reports Indicate Kids Already Suffer From Too Much Tech

Posted by on November 10, 2018 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments


Image Credit: Activist Post

By B.N. Frank | Activist Post


Activist Post has reported many times about mainstream articles, news reports, magazine segments, and research about screen addiction and other health issues associated with kids’ excessive use of technology.  Medical professionals are concerned about this.  Documentary films have been produced including Child, Disrupted and Screenagers.  Former tech designers, inventors, and investors are even remorseful because they’ve knowingly played a role in this:

“Nest Founder: ‘I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?’”

OMG!  So when communities install and promote “Smart” Playgrounds as a way to get kids to go outside and play, it sounds more like a skit on Saturday Night Live than something that’s actually happening.  But it really is happening, and according to a spokesperson from Bibait just makes so much sense”:

“It just makes so much sense to put technology with play,” says BIBA spokesperson Kaleigh DeHart.  “Kids are already doing that every day and this really takes it to the next level meshing it with the playground everyone knows from their childhood.”

Say what?  The playground is supposed to be a place to take a break from everything – even technology, right?  Unfortunately, she’s not alone in her reasoning:

Fantasy 6 to Bring Augmented Reality Technology to Biba Smart Playgrounds

By engaging with children via the digital rewards and achievements to which they have become accustomed, “smart” playgrounds are able to get children back to real fun, in the real world.

Every single word in this statement sounds insane, right?  Regardless, as reported in Norfolk, VA, this is still being promoted as getting kids away from screens and playing outside even though it’s technology based and using augmented reality which isn’t the same as actual reality:

Norfolk “smart” playgrounds harness the creative power of augmented reality

Slides, swings, monkey bars and an augmented reality.

A company is using technology to help lead kids away from screens and encourage outside play. The trick: mobile games on apps.


Canada-based developer Biba puts the phone in the parents’ hands and requires the parent to tell the children what to do for the game – run around to interact with different characters, race across monkey bars or crawl through a tunnel to find a treasure, for example.

Biba has several apps with different themes such as dinosaur digs, relay races, team games, and obstacle courses.

The company’s augmented reality markers are installed at two Norfolk playgrounds: Tidewater Park at Tidewater Elementary School and Meadowbrook Park between West Little Creek Road and Trouville Avenue. When scanned with the apps, the markers activate games and content.

Children must be active for at least 80 percent of the game, according to Biba.

The apps can also be used on playgrounds without the markers and are designed for children ages 3 to 9. They can be downloaded for free through both iTunes and Google Play.

So again – this is really happening, even though one company’s founders say they “started the project as almost a joke”:

Smart Playgrounds for Children

Playground Energy develops interactive playgrounds that use children’s energy to motivate them to play, learn and be healthy. Investment in the company totals €350,000, of which €225,000 is from venture capital fund Eleven, backed by the European Investment Bank. Founders Hristo Alexiev and Ilian Milinov started the project almost as a joke.

While in a rocking chair in a cafe, Ilian wanted to charge the battery of his phone using the chair’s movement. Hristo saw potential in the idea and today it has become reality. Children can use their own kinetic energy to turn on fountains and lights and create sounds at Playground Energy playgrounds.

Over the years, it has been reported how tech inventors – including the late Steve Jobs – limit the amount of technology their own kids use at home and also send their kids to low-tech schools.  So how funny is it that “Smart Playgrounds” seem like just another way to make a buck at the expense of kids’ health and wellbeing?

For more information, visit the following websites:

Tags: , , , , ,


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on YouTube

New Title

NOTE: Email is optional. Do NOT enter it if you do NOT want it displayed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

FAIR USE NOTICE. Many of the articles on this site contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making this material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental issues, human rights, economic and political democracy, and issues of social justice. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law which contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. If you wish to use such copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use'...you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. And, if you are a copyright owner who wishes to have your content removed, let us know via the "Contact Us" link at the top of the site, and we will promptly remove it.

The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Conscious Life News assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms.

Paid advertising on Conscious Life News may not represent the views and opinions of this website and its contributors. No endorsement of products and services advertised is either expressed or implied.

Send this to a friend