|The Osmo Lineup|
The Osmo iPad entertainment add-on is simple, fun, and magical. Set-up is simple. Three free apps (Newton, Tangram, and Words) focus on different types of learning games. The recognition capability is impressive. My four-year-old honeybadger loved the Tangram app. I was challenged by the Newton drawing game and even had fun putting the Tangram puzzles together. You can see me unbox the various pieces of Osmo and attempt to play the games on the Stained with Style YouTube channel here.
The Osmo is collection of add-ons for your iPad (models 2 and above) with three free companion apps. The straw that stirs the Osmo drink is a mirror that sits over the iPad's camera to let it see the table space in front of the base. The automatic (more like autoMAGIC) recognition is impressive. Whether it's daddy's fat fingers scribbling with a crayon, or a SUPEREXCITED four year old, the apps showed no lag and very few errors.
The three companion apps run the gameplay: Tangram, Words and Newton. Tangram challenges the player to match a silhouette using only a collection of shapes. Words is, you guessed it, filled with word games for the junior set. Newton is a very impressive drawing game.
Tangram presents you with a grid of different silhouettes with difficulty ratings. The iPad recognizes tile placement to encourage you along. In medium setting, the colors are given to you. In hard setting, the silhouette uses only shades of gray.
|Medium Difficulty Tangram Swan|
|Hard Difficulty Tangram Thinker|
|Daddy's pitiful attempts to guide the bouncy balls to the target in Newton|
|Not fighting over the iPad?!?!|
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