|[November 08, 2012]
HAGS Aneby AB: Solar-powered Son-X Octavia brings interactive sound to the playground.
ANEBY, Sweden --(Business Wire)--
HAGS' add-on is a hit with the kids.
The swing set has been one of the most popular items on a playground for
generations and it appeals to children of all ages (as well as adults).
HAGS offers the innovative and cost effective add-on Son-X Octavia that
spices up the traditional swing - used across the globe - and welcomes
it into the digital age. The Son-X Octavia encourages children to spend
more time playing outdoors. We are happy to say that the feedback from
this technology savvy audience is very positive.
Måns, 12 years old: It's kind of jazzy - it's fun to swing to the beat!
The drum part is my favourite!
Gabriel, 7 years old: It's great fun and very cool! I like the music.
Nils, 7 years old: It goes de-de-de-teretere-tere!
Bridging the gap.
The amount of time that children spend playing digital games has
increased dramatically over the last couple of decades.
- At HAGS, we believe that today's sophisticated computer games and the
level of attention they require have both positive and negative impact
on players. They are not a replacement of physical outdoor playtime,
rather a complement, says Matthias Biek, Global Product Manager at HAGS.
Our goal is to bridge the gap between modern, interactive technology and
traditional outdoor recreation, making it more fun and rewarding for
children to play.
Wireless, self-contained and easy to install.
Octavia is an inexpensive add-on that can be installed on any swing.
It offers staff at kindergartens, schools and community planners the
possibility to upgrade play equipment to a new, exiting level even on a
- The product is shaped like a cocoa fruit and runs on solar power,
which means there is no need for cables on the playground. The solar
cell panels are placed on top of the product and work even in cloudy
conditions. There are speakers placed internally and positioned
downwards so that the sounds can only be heard in the proximity of the
user, says Matthias Biek.
The product includes three interactive sound games that can be played by
all the children using the swing. Once the child starts to swing the
games will start and change depending on how the swing is being used. As
the swing reaches a specific height the child will be rewarded with
applause or music. The sound experience motivates the child to stay on
the swing and increase the level of intensity to reach the next sound or
game. The Son-X Octavia awakens the natural curiosity in children to
explore the possibilities through activity.
Helle Skovbjerg Karoff, Assistant Professor at IT and Learning Design
Lab, Aalborg University/Copenhagen, says:
- The Son-X Octavia combines the well-known play dynamic of the
traditional swing with modern possibilities of technology in an
The combination is very clever and filled with fun and action that
stimulates children's creativity. The Octavia encourages children to
stay on the playground longer. Which also means that they are physically
active for a longer time, making them both happier and healthier
New games will be developed and available on USB sticks. It is also
possible to customize the products, i.e. by adding specific music or
The recommended price for the Son-X Octavia is 499 Euros.
HAGS is a global company with a product offering that stretches over an
extensive range - for play, sports and other outdoor recreation -
designed for people of all ages.
To hear the Son-X Octavia and get a complete product presentation, visit www.hags.com.
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