The Canterbury town of Rolleston has become home to the country’s first ‘smart playground’.
Playground developers have installed an ‘augmented reality’ smartphone game, bringing screen time to play time.
Aimed at children aged between three and nine, the game allows parents to scan a special marker to activate augmented reality on their phone.
Cameron Warr, from the Selwyn District Council, said it “basically allows you to have different challenges and different games while utilising the play equipment”.
“The parents push various points on the app while the children are going around the equipment.”
The device is controlled and held by the parent or caregiver so the child is spending 90 percent of the playtime in the equipment, running and being active.
The game is on a 90 day trial, and could be rolled out further if the locals like it.
The playground of the future is proving a wild success for this new, screen-loving generation.