Archive for the ‘iPad’ Category

Learn Routines by Playing!

January 7th, 2013 by NearInteraction

Using familiar objects to interact with the world of imagination. Teach real life routines to children by playing with virtual characters.


Introduce children to good social and healthy habbits, like brushing their teeth or washing their hands.


Connect the family iPad with “smart” physical household objects and toys, and interact with virtual characters.


A dashboard for parents gives added insight and behavioral statistics on their children’s progress over time.

App developed by NearInteraction.


Baby Monitor Let You Watch Over Your Baby by Your Iphone

November 5th, 2012 by NearInteraction

“This Smart Baby Monitor from Withings is now available in the U.S., allowing parents to remotely check on their child using their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The hinged monitor has a wide-angle adjustable 3-megapixel camera, with night vision and a 4x zoom.

The device also has sensors that detect noise, movement, temperature and humidity levels, and can alert the parent of these changes, depending on the user-adjustable parameters. A two-way microphone lets you hear the baby and also talk to them, and you can also start a lullaby or switch on a night light.

The Smart Baby Monitor can connect to the internet via wi-fi or Ethernet cable, or directly to your Apple device via Bluetooth. You need to be running Withings’ freeWithBaby app on your device to access the monitor’s functions.”

Check out the demo video below:

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Totoya Creatures: Turn iPads and iPhones into Huggable Interactive Toys

October 8th, 2012 by NearInteraction

Totoya Creatures are the combination of the new and old. They are the next generation of plush toys: soft and digital pets for kids. It plays tunes, repeats voice with effects, pretends being a cyclops and likes when you comb his hair. Manufactured with natural user interface and child-safe materials.

Our creatures are the cutest hybrids: soft toys and clever devices in one. We present the cross-over between traditional toys and digital future. Moreover, it is safe both for the kids and for the device. Now you can get your first iDevice at the age of 0!”

Compact Device Projects Keyboard onto any flat surface

January 2nd, 2012 by NearInteraction

The Magic Cube is a small and lightweight device from Celluon that functions as a full-sized projection keyboard and multi-touch mouse for computers, tablets and smartphones. Compact and portable, it can wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth HID device including the latest iPhone, iPad and Android devices, or can be connected to Windows and Mac OS devices via USB.

The Magic Cube can be used to send emails, type word documents or work on spreadsheets on almost any surface, studying finger movements to interpret and record your keystrokes. Check out the video below to see it in action:

The Magic Cube

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire

October 3rd, 2011 by NearInteraction
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Tablet Fight: Sony S1 and S2

April 28th, 2011 by NearInteraction
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“Both the S1 and S2 are PlayStation Certified, support DLNA, and are WiFi and 3G/4G “compatible” according to Sony. ”

via engadget.

Kid-friendly apps for iPad fun

October 26th, 2010 by NearInteraction

Having fun with your iPad? It might be time to share your toy with the kids. Check out these apps that make the iPad child’s play.

123 Color app Kid friendly apps for iPad fun

It may take one or two turns for preschoolers to get the hang of 123 Color by Steve Glinberg but once they do, they will be scrolling through the colour palette looking for the perfect shade of green and learning numbers and the alphabet at the same time. Neat sound effects let kids know that they are on the right path and there is the added option of additional languages if you want your three-year-old to be brushing up on their French. The app also includes lots of good old fashioned ‘colouring in’ pages, a world map with ‘pins’ to identify countries and cities, finger painting, twenty-five songs and optional voice-overs (including an Australian voice – yay!).

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Also with an educational focus is the fun Fish School by Duck Duck Moose. The concept is simple – schools of fish swim around to form numbers, letters and shapes. There is also the alphabet song, a cute colour game and a fishy take on the ‘memory’ game. Preschoolers can drive the app or they can just sit back and watch the colourful fish rearranging.

I ordinarily steer away from commercial characters simply because there is so much out there and once you start buying, your kids don’t let you stop. However, we do have a soft spot for Buzz, Woody and the Toy Story gang (plus a fridge full of Toy Story yoghurt, a fridge covered in Toy Story magnets, Toy Story games, Toy Story Lego, books, stickers, fake tattoos… you see what I mean!). That said, the Toy Story read-along digital book is pretty swish. The app includes colouring and music extras but little fans will simply enjoy familiar characters on the iPad.

ninja 1 Kid friendly apps for iPad fun

Fruit Ninja is one of those games that I file under ‘Can’t tell you why it’s so much fun, it just is!’ (right there alongside ‘Paper Toss’ and ‘Scoops’). Using your finger as a ‘knife’, the aim of the game is to slice through as much fruit as you can within a certain time. Little kids will enjoy the ‘Zen’ version of the game that will have them chopping watermelons, berries, apples, bananas, kiwis and more at a cracking pace. Older children will like the more competitive version of the game that doesn’t give you any opportunity to miss a piece a fruit. The iPad version of Fruit Ninja lets two people play at the same time.

I’ll quote my eight-year-old son for a review of the highly addictive game, Angry Birds – “It’s awesome!” Basically you catapult little red birds to destroy the fortresses of the green pigs. Little fingers will have to be dextrous to get the bird aiming at the correct angle but like all of these games, kids pick it up very quickly. As you play, you unlock different levels of the game. My favourite bits are the sound effects – those birds really are cranky.

Koi Pond app Kid friendly apps for iPad fun

Lastly, calm things down after angry birds and frenetic fruit chopping with the sublime Koi Pond. It’s not a game and is not designed specifically for children but kids will find watching fish swim through the amazingly real water strangely calming.

More portable than those executive toys of the nineties where you pushed sand around a wooden box with a miniature rake but equally as mesmerising, Koi Pond has lots of options to customise your pond. I especially like the ambient nature sounds that you can add a sleep timer to. Designed specifically in high definition for the iPad, the pond is stunningly realistic.

Still want more? Check out some of the apps for the iPad featured previously on Babyology.

via Kid-friendly apps for iPad fun – Babyology.


October 3rd, 2010 by NearInteraction

Check iPad vs Galaxy Tab @slashgear (more galaxy videos there).

More Tabs to be released soon by Sharp, Acer, … :-)

Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Blackeberry Playbook

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Digital Pop-Up book for iPad

September 29th, 2010 by NearInteraction

The Pilgrim’s Progress, an upcoming iPad book from Tako Games, explores some of the analogue metaphors that we are well attuned from children pop-up books. I know from my own experience with my child, how powerful and exciting it is to watch something flat becoming form, becoming alive. The one very special moment I always enjoyed when watching Transformers.

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Creative visual mobile approaches from Mobile Art Lab

September 15th, 2010 by NearInteraction

Gorgeous (old and new) work from Mobile Art Lab. A Japanese conceptual company focusing on the advancement of mobile technology. The ‘Lab creates very creative visual approaches with mobile phone-specialised values. Lots of potential here.

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iMixad an interactive communication bewteen an iPad and an iPhone app.

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PhoneBook a book with an insert space for an iphone, making the book interactive!

…and, leaving the best for last! -

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The whimsical nature of iButterfly is a really a good example of iPhone integration of combined AR, motion sensor and GPS -as well as a practical business model with the coupons. This is definitely the new Pokemon!