By Andrew Liszewski
Batteries and the fact that they’ll eventually run out is another harsh lesson most kids learn at a young age. (Unless you’re one of those Amish kids.) So a company called Zen Design Group is launching a line of high-tech toys called ‘SEE Toys’ which have a built-in battery that is recharged as the kids play with them. SEE actually stands for safety, ecology and economy since the toys don’t require the batteries to be constantly replaced and do not rely on an external power source except for a sugar-fueled youngster.
Using kids as a power source is not a new idea, in fact I wrote about something called PlayPumps last year where a specially designed playground is used to pump water into a holding tank while kids are playing on it. So I guess the lesson here is that using kids as a source of energy is OK as long as they’re having fun while doing it. I think that’s the point they missed in all those factories during the turn of the century which resulted in a ban on child labor. If those assembly lines had just been ‘fun’ in some way there wouldn’t have been a problem.
The ‘SEE Toys’ should be available next month on the Zen Design Group’s website and will range in price from $19.99 to $29.99.