Einstein once said that imagination is more important than knowledge. A lot of the technology that modern kids engage with is often accused of robbing kids of their imagination and propensity for creative play. Moonbeeps Gizmo from acclaimed develpers Moonbot Studios (creators of The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore and the only app studio with an Oscar on their shelves) takes a different approach - looking to supplement and enhance creative, imaginative play through technology.
The app is an open-play experience that turns the iPad into a control panel packed with dials, buttons, switches and more that kids can interact with and incorporate into their role play. These sliders, buttons and knobs make both sound and visual effects and you can even explore deep space - using the gyroscope to look around! There are even alarms and alerts that can be deployed as the story develops (who doesn't love a good red alert!)
Having spent a good couple of hours playing "Space Adventure" with my own two kids (girls by the way) I can testify that the app does its job wonderfully - providing a perfect stimulus for a variety of situations as we built our littkle narrative. I captured the fun on my iPhone and pulled it all together afterwards in Comic Life:
I can see great potential for this app with early years and Key Stage 1 students, especially if they are working on space or alien themed projects. As a stimulus for rleplay it's brilliant... imagine then getting them to write the adventure up as a story...