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Lumo is an interactive projector that kids can play with

You might think projectors are just for film buffs, and those lucky enough to have screening rooms in their houses (if only). But this one is aimed at kids so they make their environments interactive.

It’s called Lumo. Point it at a wall or the floor, and it can project a landscape, effectively turning the surface into an interactive play area. Want to roam around the jungle? No problem. Maybe you want to explore the rainforest without leaving the lounge? Ditto.

The games are pretty simple, but they look like fun. And most importantly, they encourage kids to be active. One sees them using stepping stones to cross a pit of lava. Another is Hungry Hungry Hippos, where the kids make the hippos bite by stepping or jumping on their heads. You can also play a fishing game, where you catch fish using a rod. We could see a few dads hogging that one.

There are classics like Pong and Air Hockey too. And kids can modify the games and effects using their own artwork.

It will launch with over 100 games, and plenty of them look educational as well as physically beneficial. It also runs Android games – just add a Bluetooth controller.

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It has its own mounting bracket to attach it to the wall. The projector swivels, so can beam the image from almost any angle. It also works as a standard projector, if you fancy watching a film when the kids have gone to bed.

It’s raised over $37,000 of a $80,000 target, and still has 27 days to go. Get in early, and it can be yours for $499 (£337) when it ships in June.

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