Unique and Innovative. They are the two words every person and organisation strives to achieve through their products. In this series of articles, I’ll share some groundbreaking gadgets I know of.
Article 1: Osmo
How often do parents feel that their children are getting addicted to playing games on phones and tablets? Truthfully speaking, children today are exposed to so much technology that they just get used to using it. Osmo is one of those very few companies that is striving to make learning and activity fun by using the iPad.
So, what is Osmo?
Osmo is a stand for the iPad that lets you interact and play in the real environment using the iPad. Osmo also provides a reflector for the iPad’s front camera to display whatever is happening on the table where the Osmo stand is kept. Its basically an accessory and app combination for the iPad that empowers kids to use physical toys to play on the iPad.
Osmo is simple - the reflector allows the iPad front camera to capture the table at all times and the app will intelligently detect objects placed on the table. Osmo has made a few games for the kit. Tangram, for example, helps children (and adults) to learn by arranging the tangram blocks in the shape shown on the iPad screen. The iPad app is always looking at you (using the reflector) - the app will provide you hints so that you can physically move the blocks to make the tangram.
Words is another interesting game - using physical alphabet cards, the player need to guess and arrange a word by looking at a reference picture. You can compete live with other Osmo users. Osmo’s latest app is called Masterpiece: this app is for all those kids who love to draw. Using a picture from the camera/online gallery, the app converts the picture into a traceable figure. And because the reflector enables live camera feed of the table, the ‘artist' can see his/her drawing as a trace on the iPad screen.
Osmo redefines the use of the iPad as a tool for fun, education and social upbringing.
You can learn about Osmo and buy yourself a piece here: https://www.playosmo.com/en/
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