Programmable ball is a throwable computer for kids

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

Once upon a time, all kids needed to entertain themselves was a ball to throw about and their own imagination. If the London-based inventors of Hackaball have their way, that time may well be returning. The toy — an interactive, responsive, hackable ball — combines the old school fun of physical play with an iPad app that encourages kids to invent and program games, which they can then play with their friends and siblings. The Hackaball contains a processor and sensors designed to detect motions such as being dropped, bounced, thrown or shaken. It also houses a gyro, accelerometer, vibration…

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