APPGEAR WINS BEST OF SHOW
Our suitcase was a little heavier on the way back from Toy Fair 2012 in New York City thanks to this award from Popular Science magazine.
WOWWEE JUMPS INTO AUGMENTED REALITY
Have you ever heard the term "augmented reality"? Well, you will this year if toy manufacturers have anything to say about it. Chief among them is WowWee, which demoed several of its newest toy/apps sets during Toy Fair 2012 in New York.The company had on hand six titles for its AppGear line of augmented reality toys—Akodomon, Foam Fighters, Alien Jailbreak, Zombie Burbz, Mysterious RayGun, and Elite CommandAR. Most of the titles retail for $9.99, with the exception of Elite CommandAR, which will cost $24.99.The concept behind each is simple: Rather than just playing a game app, you also have a figure, interactive playset, or customizable toy that connects with your iOS or Android device. The concept itself isn't new (Skylander, anyone?), but WowWee hopes to make its mark in the nascent AppCessory market, which it says is poised to make a real impact this year.EliteCommanderAR, the most intriguing of the AppGear collection, lets you connect your Apple iPhone, iPod, or Android phone to a physical app gun and play against real-world or digital "enemies" simultaneously. Your Apple or Android device acts as your "screen," through which you can view your real-life surroundings and digital elements. Meanwhile, Foam Fighters utilizes a line of small, detailed foam airplanes that actually fly on their own. Foam Fighters attaches to your devices to allow users to "fly" the planes in simulated situations on the screen.Zombie Burbz is a collectible line of infectious Zombies who battle it out with human opponents interactively on an iPad or Android tablet screen. There are four different packs of zombies, each with three collectible Zombie figures and one controllable figure per pack. Each pack comes with its own unique story line, and there are a total of 36 missions. Users will be able to set traps, and fight off the angry human neighbors in this action game.Alien Jailbreak is an augmented reality shooter game that utilizes a small model building with AR Markers. When a user looks on their device screen, they will see an Alien prison rooftop and searchlights scanning the area. The object of the game is to stop the escaping Aliens by shooting them.Mike Gonzalez, the company's creative director, was on hand to demonstrate the different titles. Check out the slideshow to see the AppGear toys up close and personal. And for more on Toy Fair 2012, read PCMag's story on the highlights of the show.?
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