Ex-Google Dads Start-Up Tangible Play Connects Traditional Kids’ Toys And Games To The iPad
The Osmo device is a small, red, plastic device that snaps over your iPad’s camera that uses artificial intelligence and a built-in mirror to recognize your gestures and other inputs and responds accordingly. There’s also an Osmo dock you can pop the iPad into that keeps the device upright while the kids are playing.
There are three games available now for Osmo. In “Tangram”, kids put various shapes together to make an image, and Osmo gives them a picture to work from and rewarding “dings” when they get a piece in the right place. “Words” is a speed game where you compete against friends to guess and spell an onscreen word first using physical letter tiles. And “Newton”--by far the coolest--is a game where you draw lines or pictures on paper (or just put any old object on it) to guide falling balls on the screen.
The kit comes with everything mentioned above, and it normally costs $99, but for a limited time you can preorder one for $49 ($57 with shipping costs). You can download the digital portion of the games from the App Store.