iPad Play made Real
May 28, 2014 05:01 PM
Osmo gives your child’s hands “the freedom to create and discover in real life,, developer Tangible Play says, “and turns any surface into an imaginative playing field.”
The developers had kids of their own, and “wanted to create a way of bringing real-world play back into digital gaming to encourage social interaction, creative thinking and problem-solving.”
Using Osmo promotes social intelligence and creative thinking, they claim. “No one likes seeing their little ones turned into screen zombies disengaged from the world and people around them. Osmo is an iPad gaming device which aims to bring real world and social play to the iPad, by transforming the space in front of the tablet into an interactive environment.”
The Osmo reflector mounts over the iPad’s frontcamera. Then, its “Reflective Artificial Intelligence” recognizes and respond to your child’s real-world moves. No batteries, electronics, or WiFi are required.
It’s available for pre-order here for $99.
Kid-proof your iPad
May 14, 2014 02:38 PM
Before you let your child play with your iPad, protect it with LifeProof’s Nuud Case and Stand.
How tough is it? It’s designed to military standards to withstand drops from four feet, and its totally sealed from dirt and dust particles.
It’s not just tough — your kid can dunk your iPad, as the cover is completely water proof. It can even be submerged six feet below for an hour!
Even protected, every feature of the iPad is fully accessible and functional, including the volume controls, silent/screen lock, sleep button, home button and access to the charge and sync connector port
It’s $130 here.
Fisher-Price says its new baby seat “is soothing and entertaining, with a touch of technology.”
There’s a 7×5-inch mirror “to reflect your baby’s smiling face, and promote facial recognition and a sense of self as baby develops,” Fisher-Price says. When you put your iPad into the mirror case, it can provide stimulation and engagement for your baby, while protecting your device from sticky fingers — or unintentionally navigating to other apps. Speaking of apps, with the guidance of child development experts, Fisher-Price developed free iPad apps especially for use with this seat.
It’s not just for staring at a screen: The toy bar puts dangling activity toys always within reach — and it’s adjustable or removable.
And finally, the comfy seat reclines to three different positions, with a soft head-support. It’s $67 here.
There are lots of cases for iPads — Jennifer and I each have ours in fake leather that makes them look like hardback books — but this one looks to be the toughest yet.
The Khomo Safekids is made with dense heavy-duty foam (the same kind used in the soles of high-end sneakers, the company says). It can withstand considerable wear-and-tear, and provide extreme shock protection. The thick foam fully covers the back, sides and extends above the surface of the iPad’s screen, which means that the screen will remain safe from scratches if set facedown.
The handle provides a secure grip fro the iPad, and can be folded back to become a stand.
It’s regularly $60, but can be had for $20 here on Amazon. (Affiliate link.)
For when your child is too young to carry around a tablet but you still would like to have them view one on occasion: The “Apptivity” seat secures an iPad above the child’s head — and inside a case to “protect it from dribbles and drool,” says Fisher-Price.
What should a baby use an iPad for? Fisher-Price provides free custom apps: some with black and white images to enhance visual skills; soothing apps with nature scenes; and learning apps.
And for when the screen doesn’t hold the tot’s attention, there are also toys to bat at on the removable bar above.
The seat has 3-point restraints for safety, reclines to three adjustable positions, and the seat pad and head support are removable and machine-washable. There are also easy adjustments to extend the use from newborn to toddler.
It’s $75 here. (Affiliate link.)