Be Online Together Outside, Kids!

Are your children addicted to online video games? Don’t worry! They soon will be. Designer Tamer Nakisci’s “Smartground” is a playground connected to the internet. Once a child steps onto the playing field, they are in the online battleground with every other child on the planet. Fighting for their lives! Or just points.

As each child enters play, their network is notified: gadgets, keychains, pendants, of their friends and opponents light up, challenging them to also come play at a Smartground site.

Games are played with the different 3-D pieces available at each Smartground site in conjunction with touch-sensitive LEDs. The entire playground encourages children to be with the whole world all by themselves!

This is just like what Kevin Kelly said would happen!


Designer: Tamer Nakisci


  • devlin says:


  • Youngvisual says:

    I like the idea of putting online “gaming” in a healthy environment like a park or such. But the idea speaks of international use. There is I think only a small issue called timezones. When it’s day in Paris, children on the other side of the world are probably sleeping.

    Nevertheless a bright idea. Perhaps on a smaller scale this could be a lot of fun.

    • M72 says:

      In Europe and Africe that time difference is not so big. So in these places it could actually work. I think it’s nice idea

  • MadCow says:

    i see a live super mario world game coming!

  • Eric says:

    I think its a great concept of ‘plugging-in’ our playgrounds. Maybe the playground itself needs some more development, but I like this idea…

  • Eric says:

    Ps Separate floor tiles with a sensor on each one? By the time this could get installed in multiple places (after all this can’t be one at a time installation) I would hope a simple camera with a nifty body locating system would be much easier (and one would think less expensive.) It would just take 1 or 2 tiles to really throw off a game if they ever broke. I think the chances of unforeseen maintenance could be unexpectedly high as it is…

  • This design is steller! You most certainly know how to keep a reader
    amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job.
    I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!

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