Just add wheels

Turn your iPhone into a racing car, ice cream van, or river boat with Chris O’Shea’s first app, Makego. Then, if you like, give it to your children to play with

Turn your iPhone into a racing car, ice cream van, or river boat with Chris O’Shea’s first app, Makego. Then, if you like, give it to your children to play with…

First off, you will need to download the Makego app and select your vehicle. Then you’re going to need to house that car, van or boat accordingly – a Lego construction for cars is good (see above), while a pencil case makes a great boat. Then you can interact with the drivers via some very cute animations and sound.

There are currently three different modes of transport in the first version of the app with more promised. According to artist and interaction designer O’Shea, the app “encourages fun, open-ended collaborative play between parent and child.”

The racing car, for example, features motion-activated engine noises, a ‘turbo boost’ option, a speedometer and a petrol gauge which you – obviously, I mean, your child – can refuel when the tank is empty.

The ice cream van (above) has a bit more interaction to it as users can also serve customers and work the till, while the river boat model (below) chugs along nicely, lets you feed passing ducks, and even has a tendency to spring a leak mid-journey (leaving you to fix those holes).

Here it is in action:

Download the app at makegotoys.com. Sound and music by Repeat to Fade, repeat-to-fade.net. There’s also a Flickr group where users can add images of their own vehicles, flickr.com/groups/makego.

More of O’Shea’s work at chrisoshea.org.

 

 

 

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