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Parents who share their iPads with their kids for playing games and other entertainment will want to check out this novel idea from the startup company Tangible Play. The product is a combination of iPad game apps and iPad accessories that use the front-facing camera to connect real world gameplay and interactions with what is happening within the compatible apps. At launch, three apps will be available: Tangram, Newton, and Words.

As TechCrunch points out, the company behind Osmo is founded by former Google employees:

The company was founded by ex-Googlers, including Pramod Sharma, who had earlier seen the the intersection of physical and digital when he helped build Google’s book-scanning machine, and Jérôme Scholler, who had worked on Chrome for Android.

For parents and iPad owners interested in Osmo, the game set is currently available for pre-order in a crowdsourcing campaign to raise funds for development. Early backers can join in on the fun at $49 and the final product is expected to ship later this fall. Osmo will be regularly priced at $99 starting June 22nd, so interested backers will want to jump in soon.


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3 Responses to “Osmo for iPad combines physical puzzles and games with interactive apps”

  1. John Shum says:

    Sounds very interesting. Has anyone been able to locate these apps on the App Store? I’d like to check out the apps before committing to the hardware.


    • John Shum says:

      Ahh nevermind. Found them listed under “Tangible Play” in case anyone else is searching.


      • Zac Hall says:

        Good search. I believe these apps supported will be available on the fall alongside the product launch. Looks like what is listed now is an earlier version of the idea, but not exactly what will ship this fall.