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This topic is for feedback on Mumsnet product tests. If you're a company / brand and would like to run a product test on Mumsnet email insight@mumsnet.com

NOW CLOSED Do you have a child aged 3-11? Try blobo, the new fitness-based gaming controller with your child and be in with a chance of winning a £100 M&S voucher!

(102 Posts)
NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 12-Aug-11 13:21:03

We've been asked by blobo to find 10 Mumsnetters and their child(ren) (ideally aged 3-11) to test blobo out and add their feedback on Mumsnet.

Here's what blobo say: "Unlike other controllers where you sit on the sofa waving the controller around in the air, blobo not only copies your movements, but also knows how much force you are applying. In other words, you actually do have to run and jump rather than micro-jogging and simply standing up straight. If you want your avatar to run faster, you really have to run faster too!

In this way, blobo offers a genuine way to get children having fun and getting exercise at the same time. Indeed, blobo is the only fitness-based gaming controller available that accurately calculates the number of calories used. By giving children of all abilities the chance to measure their efforts using calories we see it as a good way for children to win a game even if they're not the fastest. This builds confidence and hopefully encourages them to be more active in the future. blobo is designed to be played with just as easily outdoors as indoors so you and your child can have lots of fun running around outside testing it!

blobo is a small, light, soft ball which connects via Bluetooth to your PC or Mac. With it being wireless, you can take blobo anywhere and play wherever you want as long as you are within Bluetooth range (typically 25m) of your PC/Mac. Take blobo outdoors or on holiday - there's no need to stand in a specific spot in front of the computer or TV!"

We're looking for 10 Mumsnetters for this product test - it is open to all UK MNers who have a child aged 3-11.

If you are selected for the test you'll be sent a blobo games pack, Fun&Fit, which includes a blobo, a CD with 6 fun fitness games - Archery, Basketball, Bowling, Karate, Long Jump and Running - a Bluetooth dongle and a charger (currently on summer offer for £39.99). You can also download other games (there is a charge of £2.99 for some but others are free).

You'll be able to keep the product at the end of the trial. In return we'd ask that you add feedback to a thread on Mumsnet, to let others know how your child(ren) found it. For more information about the product please visit the blobo website.

Everyone who takes part and adds their feedback will be entered into a prize draw where the winner will get £100 of M&S vouchers.

If you'd like to take part please add your details here.

Many thanks and good luck
MNHQ

chocolateyclur Fri 12-Aug-11 13:36:01

I have, I think, submitted my application - unfortunately my Internet connection died as it sent. Will we get an email to receive confirmation?

Am crossing fingers for this one. Very exciting.

NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 12-Aug-11 13:42:15

You won't get an email but I've checked and we've got your application so don't worry!

MonsterBookOfTysons Fri 12-Aug-11 14:14:42

Done. smile

Tortoise Fri 12-Aug-11 14:23:19

Done. Dc are all very keen to try this out.smile

rumpleteaser Fri 12-Aug-11 14:24:46

Is this available to people outside the UK?

NewGirlHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 12-Aug-11 14:37:53

Sorry rumpleteaser, it's just UK

madhattershouse Fri 12-Aug-11 14:38:58

Done! Fingers crossed!

lisad123 Fri 12-Aug-11 14:43:18

done, havent seen these before so would be intresting to hear about them.

mistlethrush Fri 12-Aug-11 14:44:15

Sounds interesting!

Coca Fri 12-Aug-11 15:02:07

Saw this advertised on the tv today..it must be fate surely? grin

LilRedWG Fri 12-Aug-11 15:14:23

Ooooooo, go on then. :-)

Fillybuster Fri 12-Aug-11 15:45:19

Fingers crossed.

horationelson Fri 12-Aug-11 15:45:58

ds would wet his pants if he got one of these. grin

mistlethrush Fri 12-Aug-11 15:47:49

Horatio - do you think that makes it more likely or less likely to get picked ? grin. If you posted feedback like that it might make them think that they'd need to supply carpet protectors or something...

BeerTricksPotter Fri 12-Aug-11 15:48:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

horationelson Fri 12-Aug-11 15:56:54

He would be so excited that he got one though he could possibly wet himself whilst playing.

PrettyCandles Fri 12-Aug-11 15:58:03

Do our young dc really need to be rewarded according to their calorie usage? Very hmm. Surely it could reward effort, without specifying units. I don't want my children to obsess about calories at this age.

I will not be entering this competition, and if there's a way to register my objection to it, then I'm objecting.

ouryve Fri 12-Aug-11 16:20:59

I did hmm a little at the calorie angle, at first, PrettyCandles, but the burning of calories doesn't have to be equated with getting thin. Burning calories is a fact of life and can easily be presented to a child with a scientific spin ("oh wow, look how much energy you're burning off!" can be followed by "you will feel so much fitter for it!" rather than "that will help you to get thin") Children learn in science at quite a young age about how doing exercise makes their hearts beat harder and faster and and makes them feel out of breath because they need to breathe harder and faster, all because they need oxygen to burn more energy.

WhipMeIndiana Fri 12-Aug-11 16:28:37

this indeed sounds futuristic and very exciting for me.

and maybe the DC too grin

LynetteScavo Fri 12-Aug-11 16:32:23

So you have to use it outside, with your PC? How does that work then?[curious]

PrettyCandles Fri 12-Aug-11 16:38:42

Then why use the term 'calories'? Why not just reward 'effort'?

mistlethrush Fri 12-Aug-11 16:43:09

Isn't the word calory the scientific measurement for energy worked? The fact that its become associated with dieting is only one side I think.

jimswifein1964 Fri 12-Aug-11 16:56:48

I dont get it blush How can you use it outside if its got games that you need to see on a pc screen?

hugeleyoutnumbered Fri 12-Aug-11 16:59:59

will try anythi ng that helps get the cherubs tired and ready for bed, we hula with the wii fit at the moment

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