• "Gamification" -- the idea that digitally attaching points, levels, and instant feedback to un-fun activities will magically make them more engaging -- may have already jumped the shark, but that hasn't stopped the trend from growing. One new player on the scene, Green Goose, at least tries to zig where others have zagged by focusing on physical product design rather than badge-addled vaporware. It's selling a family-friendly kit filled with cleverly designed digital sensors that let you add "game mechanics" to just about anything you have laying around the house.

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