But I don’t have the guts so I’m going to create something much simpler to start with.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney
No, I am not delirious, demented, or deranged, yet!
As a lonely deity in my small imaginary world of toys and games (my brothers were unborn or too small), I was frustrated by my inability to interact with my Legos and make them fly and shoot lasers.
Even now as a, ahem, young 49-year-old father I would love to find a way of playing with them with my son the way they are depicted in TV ads: dynamic, interactive, and almost alive.
We love talking about Legos with my son, particularly the Star Wars ones, as I have always been a Star Wars fan.
I am proud to say that I have managed, using every sneaky parenting maneuver I could muster, to turn him into a Star Wars aficionado. We have conversations about the next Star Wars movie coming out, which version of the empire’s troops we prefer (mine are the Tie Fighter pilots by far), and whether we prefer Bobba Fett to Jango Fett.
I have created a monster, but I digress.
The fact remains that an X-Wing should fly around and fire weapons and not stay in your hand like the inanimate object it is. I have been waiting for more than 40 years for toys that are interactive and engaging and which do not depend entirely on your imagination for providing action and a sense of immersion. I have been disappointed.
I have therefore decided to create those toys myself, so there!
The ultimate idea (which is still quite vague in my mind) is to create interactive toys that would allow children to create and engage with their own imaginary worlds. Imagine blending Legos, Minecraft, and Jake and Finn’s “Car Time” holographic game, stir in some AI and AR, and add a pinch of 3D printing.
Something like this but more customizable:
Rest assured, I am not a complete idiot (I think!) and I know what a humongous and difficult challenge I have set for myself. If it were so easy I’m sure Hasbro and other powerful toymakers would already have filled our shelves with such wonders.
The reason I have decided on an objective of this magnitude is that I believe goals need to be difficult to attain but also contain an element of fun. That element is what helps you avoid procrastination or, even in a worst-case scenario, completely give up on your dream.
Since this venture seems daunting and some of the technology may not even have been invented, I will take baby steps and start with something extremely simple and move to the next stage only if my experiment has been successful. I will divide my time into experiments lasting 3 months where I will need to define the outcome and the questions that need to be answered in order to consider the 3-month experiment as a success.
Before I divulge what I aim to create in my 1st experiment I would really like to tell you why I am doing this and what I believe I can gain from this experiment.