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The New Gaming System That Is Bridging Digital and Physical Play

I’m not going to lie: my (just turned!) eight-year-old daughter loves the iPad. It’s loaded up with great educational apps (like these I shared yesterday), but there are also plenty of games that are simply for fun.

We are a pretty digitally liberal household, however, so I’m always on the lookout for great new ways for my daughter to learn while playing with the iPad. So you can imagine how excited I was to find out about Osmo, an amazing new way for your digital play to bridge the gap to “real life” play like board games. All with just a simple mirror and some smart apps.

Using a prop for the iPad to stand in and what Osmo is calling “Reflective Artificial Intelligence technology” – a small device that fits over the iPad’s camera – Osmo allows gamers to play on the iPad without actually touching the screen. This is great because it means more than one child can play the game at a time, making it social play instead of solo play like most iPad games.

There are currently three games available – a word game, an engineering game, and a puzzle game. Eventually they plan to open the platform up to developers to create new games, which is pretty exciting.

Osmo is currently in crowd-funding mode with units expected to ship by late summer. But if you pre-order it now, you can buy the gaming system for half the eventual retail price of $99.

Check out the video below to see if this is something you’d buy for your children:

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