When I first met the Swinxs at Toy Fair in 2008, I was totally blown away. It was such a fresh concept – an interactive gaming console with no video component that aimed to engage kids physically and socially. It took a couple of years, but this Dutch product is finally available here in the US, and we are delighted to be their exclusive retail distributor.
I bring a lot of toy samples home to test with my kids, and most go right back to the store to be demonstration products. But when I borrowed the Swinxs right after we got our first shipment (for “just one night”), my kids loved it so much, I still haven’t brought it back weeks later. It’s rare that a product can captivate all three of my kids, who range in age from 8 to 2, but this one has done it consistently.
To really understand how it works your best bet is to watch a video, but I’ll try to do it justice. The kids wear silicone wristbands with embedded electronic chips. The Swinxs console recognizes the chips and the corresponding wristband color. Using this technology, kids can play a number of games that come pre-loaded on the Swinxs, ranging from hide and go seek to freeze dancing to races to trivia questions. But the coolest part is, the Swinxs can be plugged into a computer via USB and you can download additional games for free through the Swinxs website. Tech-savvy people can even develop and upload their own games for other families to enjoy.
The voice quality on the Swinxs is what really makes it all come together. It is excellent – clear, loud and easy for kids to understand. At $150 the Swinxs is something of an investment, but a very worthwhile one, based on my personal experience. The quality of the technology and the durability of the console itself are both excellent (durability proven courtesy of my toddler). Plus, today you can win one for free. The Swinxs is our Day 6 giveaway for our 31 Days of Giveaways. Enter to win now!