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Old Fashioned Toys Turn High Tech

Techstination feature for Tuesday, March 14, 2000

Computer games that play like old fashioned toys. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. Put a kid in front of a computer and they take control of the mouse in nothing flat. But you have to wonder sometimes, if they aren't missing something when all of the action takes place on a computer screen. That's why a lot of parents will welcome a new generation of toys from Hasbro Interactive. Smart toys. Hasbro Interactive President Tom Dusenbenberry...

"Smart toys are essentially products that incorporate the computer processing capability into a play pattern. So at Hasbro Interactive we've taken a no-tech positioning...which is taking some fun toy elements ...putting them on top of the keyboard ...and letting them interact with multimedia software in a very compelling way that actually changes the paradigm of play from one on one on one on one...which is the consumer to the toy and the toy to the multimedia."

The toys clamp onto the keyboard... on the market already... Easy Bake Oven and Tonka Construction...and soon...Tonka Power Tools. Pick it up...point it at say a tire on the screen and... (sound)

"Essentially what this it looks like a power tool....and what it is it's a sophisticated piece of technology that it can actually read what the tool tip is onto the screen and adjust the screen accordingly."

More high tech...but tactile toys are on the way.