New Technology May Allow Future Kids to PLAY OUTSIDE

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Control Advances Mean Future Generations Could Play Outside

by Brian Briggs

Recent advances in motion controller technology as exhibited by Sony’s PlayStation Move and Microsoft’s Project Natal reveal a future where newer generations of gamers could play things like sports or in places like “outside.”

Football?“These technologies show that we’re not far off from more active children,” said futurologist Ben Carlson. “The evolution has been rapid. First controllers vibrated, then the Wiimote simulated bowling, and now Project Natal has us jumping around the living room. At this pace kids could be playing outside by 2015.”

Game companies have remained quiet about any future technologies that might have kids playing outside, but one Sony engineer did hint that “things were happening.” And from Microsoft, the company behind motion capture controller Project Natal, images have been circulating the Internet showing a teenager throwing a football though its authenticity has not been verified…

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25 Responses to New Technology May Allow Future Kids to PLAY OUTSIDE

  1. jeff March 23, 2010 at 4:26 am #

    great! then someone can invent the smell of the prairie air at 7pm on mid-summer’s evening, and that will make it seem even more real – no need to go outside at all and see a real person

  2. Liz Picco March 23, 2010 at 4:33 am #

    Ayyyyyy dios mio! It’s a toss up over what’s worse: the technology or Parents for Safety First!

  3. pebblekeeper March 23, 2010 at 5:25 am #

    Oh Man! I didn’t read the top part and was just FLABBERGASTED!!! Un Believable. Glad it was a joke – but the sad part that hooked me in, is hearing how many parents are excited about the WII cause it makes their kids move. . . .

  4. Davonia March 23, 2010 at 5:30 am #

    Simulated bowling is not bowling. My kids actually think that they know how. they don’t.

    Playing outside cannot be substituted, but I’m sure, for those that need it, they can buy Florida beach air in a can (not a joke; I grew up in Florida).

  5. Jay March 23, 2010 at 5:33 am #


    Lovely 🙂

  6. TheresaG March 23, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    Check out the “Artifact from the future” in the Wired magazine- last page. Similar theme.

  7. Dot Khan March 23, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Careful, a joke sometimes gets taken seriously and become real.
    George Carlin joked that whats next for TV after The Dating and The Newlywed Game is Divorce Court. Its on just before Judge Judy.

  8. Suzanne March 23, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    So funny! That made my day.

  9. tana March 23, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    nothing wrong with technology in moderation for entertainment, although the satirical spin here is amusing. project natal is actually very cool

  10. JeninCanada March 23, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    lmao Thanks Lenore!

  11. pentamom March 23, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    And now that we’ve got those GPS things to white van-proof our kids, why by 2015, we might actually be able to LET them outside! It’s a new world a-comin’!

  12. Jozet at Halushki March 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    I love when people try to justify their kids playing video games for hours on end by saying that it aids with hand eye coordination.

    Uh, you mean like real baseball? Or golf? Or for gol’s sake, just playing frisbee with your kid in the back yard?

    And seriously, just how much hand eye coordination does a kid need? I mean, it’s going to be at least another 6-10 years before they are brain surgeons. Let’s not peak with a skill at 12 years old.

    Sure, I’m certain that for some kids, video games are great physical therapy. However, for lots of other kids, they are a quick road to Rickets-ville.

  13. MaeMae March 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    That was great! I needed a laugh after a long night at work.

  14. angelsandurchinsblog March 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Don’t worry, the game probably includes electronic tagging, just in case…

  15. dahlia March 24, 2010 at 12:27 am #

    omg, i completely thought this was a real story. how sad is that?

  16. Adrienne Breaux March 24, 2010 at 2:58 am #

    Hah! The snark is heavy but the point has been made.


  17. Graham March 24, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    I bet all the people who find this funny live in big ol` houses with huge back yards.What about those of us in cities where playing outside literally means playing in the traffic?

  18. Mike Lovell March 24, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    man, don’t you just love that we’ve advanced so far that we have to rethink letting kids go play ouside like we used to???

    If I’m ever elected President (its obvious there are enough stupid people in the world to let this happen), I think I’m ging to ban kids outside except for dinnertime, homework, sleep, and an occasional potty break!

  19. JFM March 24, 2010 at 11:43 pm #


  20. tio April 7, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    very good article, thanks this is very useful for me

  21. rochman June 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    Really enjoy keeping score on the Garmin Approach G5 GPS also a very intuitive process. Play rounds where someone in group has used a rangefinder and find the Garmin to be just as accurate and much quicker to use – you just look at the screen to see the distance to the flag without having to line it up or press any buttons.The screen is easy to read in sunlight even with polarized sunglasses.

  22. 3d tetris June 25, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    my new camcorder has motion control, i record my dog all the time, its awsome.

  23. Christine June 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    Ok so you live in a city where it’s too dangerous for the kids to go out and play?? C’mon, we survived in a city, lot’s of kid’s and traffic, what is happening now is a society where parents are terrified to let there kids out to socialize and play ‘normal’ physical games, justifying that a WII , the internet and sitting in front of a computer for hours is “play’. ??? these kids will grow up unable to communicate effectively and unable to trust anyone that comes into their’s very very sad what is happening to our future generation, it’s up to the parents to stop this from spiraling out of control, GOD save our kids from technology taking over completely…no, I am not from a religious cult, I am a mother of 5 who is caught up in this scary wave of technology

  24. car review September 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    nothing wrong with technology in moderation for entertainment, although the satirical spin here is amusing. project natal is actually very cool


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