Son-X Octavia, Play IT Sound, Copenhagen

One of the current issues in playground design is that even when a playground is available, kids often don’t play long enough–they don’t reach the 20 minutes of vigorous play best for health benefits and combating obesity.  Sometimes that means the playground simply isn’t well designed.  But there are other ways to think about encouraging longer play times, and Copenhagen based Play IT sound have developed an “interactive sound device that brings traditional swings into the digital age” whose music and applause  ‘reward’  longer and more active play.  “After a certain time on the swing and/or when the child reaches a certain height he or she is rewarded with a sound experience. When reaching the next level another sound will be triggered.”

I love that it’s solar powered,  and can be added onto existing equipment!  I’m sure there will be some discussion about whether more sounds/these sounds are desirable in the playscape.  But all kinds of creative thinking are needed to make the playgrounds of the future better than those of the past,  and to keep kids playing better longer…thanks to Jonas for sending this in!  Son-X has been nominated for a Design to improve Life award here.


4 Responses to “Son-X Octavia, Play IT Sound, Copenhagen”

  1. Jonas Gam said:

    Hi I am Jonas from Play IT Sound.
    You can contact me on if you are interested in more about our products +how Son-X Octavia can be purchased. Son-X Octavia has an USB interface and we hope to be able to release new content soon. The language spoken is Swedish 🙂 but Sweden is close to our location in Copenhagen (in Denmark). Many thanks! / Jonas

    May 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

  2. Sue said:

    I have been following your blog for some time – thanks for posting things that are inspiring and thought provoking. I agree that this product could be controversial. Rewarding children when they reach a new level almost sounds like a video game! The best part about this is the swing itself. I’ve seen photos of similar swings in many European play spaces but haven’t been able to locate one in the US. Do you happen to know where they are available?

    May 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

  3. Ann Erickson said:

    Are these available in the United States yet? Where and how much? I like the swing as well. I agree that the sounds will have to be changed frequently to keep the attention of today’s children!

    May 09, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  4. Katrin said:

    Haha , thats hilarious! And sure fun for the kids.
    Though you would have to change the sounds frequently otherwise its getting so boring for the kids.
    And they do not speak Danish. I think its Swedish. This installation is not In Copenhagen.

    May 09, 2013 at 8:45 am

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