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i-stapps turns your tablet or phone into an active game console that allows for unique interactions. It brings games to the real world and gives children the opportunity to play in an active and social way.

Why?

Most tablet and smartphone games are screen-focused - they limit interactions to on-screen tapping and dragging. We want to expand the interactive possibilities, and bring back the active and social elements of play.

What exactly is i-stapps? 

i-stapps is a set of 10 interactive tiles that connect to your smart device via a “bridge.” The brightly colored tiles are numbered -from 0 to 9- and they provide a new way of interacting with games. You can jump on a tile to make your character jump, step on a numbered tile to solve a math problem, run on the tiles to make your character run, or crack a code by putting the tiles in the right order.

Although the input is quite basic (10 tiles telling your tablet/phone whether they’re pressed or not), it’s amazing how many possibilities there are. Time to discover new interactions!

The unique shape and numbers on the tiles allow them to be recognized by the game. This makes it possible for developers to use augmented reality in their games: You can find the treasure that is underneath your tile, see music notes float out of the tiles you jump on, point the camera to the tiles and see them come to live, or see your face change into a different character every time you step on a different tile.

Please note that the tiles will be smaller, softer and lighter than the prototype you see in the video. They’ll take up less space and be easier to take with you.

Develop your own games

The i-stapps connects to your smart device as a keyboard, so you can use simple key presses as input for your games. This allows anyone to create games for i-stapps. It will be very easy to update most current games for i-stapps but we strongly encourage developers to let their imagination run freely and think up innovative games that explore the whole array of interactive possibilities.

Please note: Although we focus on Android and IOS i-stapps can be used on other systems that allow a Bluetooth HID connection. Windows will be supported for sure! This enables educational use on interactive whiteboards at schools. In fact, we are working with publishers to create educational games for students.

How does it work? 

Each tile contains well-shielded electronics in a soft casing. We’ve found a cost-effective and low-power solution for the wireless communication between the tiles and the “bridge.” The “bridge” connects an HID device to your Android or IOS smart device using Bluetooth 4.0.

Where we’re at

The i-stapps you see in the video is a working prototype. However, there is still a lot to do. We’re experienced developers of interactive products and we have a dedicated partner for the development of the hardware.

Of course, we’ll keep you updated throughout the process!

Website and Facebook

i-stapps.com

facebook.com/istappsbynyoyn

Risks and challenges

DURABILITY:
The biggest challenge in our project is the durability of the tile: we need it to withstand the force of somebody jumping on it, but at the same time it needs to be sensitive enough to be activated when pressing without much force. Fortunately we did a lot of testing already and we came up with a construction and combination of materials that fulfills these requirements.

The electronics will be embedded in a rigid casing which will be placed in the foam tile.

Although we've tested this, there's always a small risk that the produced version will respond a bit different than our prototype. In this case we can apply some changes to the construction or foam density to get the best result.

TIMELINE:
In a project like this there are always several factors that can influence the timeline. We've successfully developed interactive products before and we're confident that we've set a realistic timeline.
We've taken the availability of components into account, as well as time for minor design changes after the first test run. Still, there can always be unforeseen problems causing some delay...

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    I-STAPPS EARLY BIRD - As early bird you'll be the first one to receive a complete i-stapps set. The set contains 10 interactive tiles + the bridge + 10 games + an i-stapps backpack.
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    I-STAPPS - You'll receive a complete i-stapps set. The set contains 10 interactive tiles + the bridge + 10 games + an i-stapps backpack.
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    I-STAPPS GAME DEVELOPER - Start developing i-stapps games immediately! When our project is funded, you'll receive the details on how to implement the i-stapps in your games. You'll also receive an i-stapps set form the pre-production run (0-series) so you can test your games before the first production i-stapps have been shipped!

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    I-STAPPS LIMITED EDITION - For this pledge you'll get a complete i-stapps set with two extra games and a Luxury Limited Edition i-stapps backpack! This set contains: 10 interactive tiles + the bridge + 12 games + the Luxury Limited Edition i-stapps backpack.
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    I-STAPPS 10-PACK – We’ve added this special package for dealers and developers. You’ll receive 10 complete i-stapps sets which you can distribute to your best customers, or use for developing and testing your own games. Want to know all about the possibilities? We'd love to work with you! Contact us for more information.

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