Last week Nintendo announced an exciting new way to engage with their existing Switch console. It’s called Nintendo Labo, and presents a great opportunity for use as an educational tool in classrooms.
It involves the construction of cardboard creations, called ‘Toy-Cons’. The Switch controllers are then placed inside. The infrared sensor, physical buttons and motion sensing of the Switch controllers are utilised to turn the cardboard creations into interactive toys. The initial release includes two packs. The first, called the Variety Pack, contains a remote control car, fishing rod, house, motorbike handlebars and piano. The second, called the Robot Pack, contains a wearable robot suit.
The user is given instructions on the portable screen of the Switch, which includes explanations of how each ‘Toy-Con’ works, as well as how to build it.
The packs include the cardboard creations plus the software they are used with. A Nintendo Switch console is required separately.
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