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Saturday, Apr 19, 2014

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Great toys for iOS

Digital Life, The Straits Times | Trevor Tan | Saturday, Apr 19, 2014

(Clockwise from left) Appfinity AppBlaster, Orbotix Sphero 2.0 Robotic Ball, Crayola DigiTools Deluxe Pack, and Apptoyz AppFishing mini detachable rod.

Loving your iPhone and iPad games? You ain't seen nothing yet till you have added these toys to your mobile gaming armoury.

Appfinity AppBlaster, $39

If you have been wondering whether to buy a new iPhone or iPod touch, here is a toy gun that will turn your iPhone (3GS or 4/4S) or iPod touch into a 360-degree augmented-reality shooter.

Start by downloading the games supported, including Alien Attack, Clay Pigeon Shooting or Marine Sharpshooter, on your iOS device.

Next, using the brackets provided, mount your iPhone or iPod touch on the top of AppBlaster. And you are ready to rumble.

No Bluetooth pairing or batteries needed. Pull the AppBlaster's trigger and it activates physical plastic tips that touch the screen of your iOS device to fire off shots.

Now, you can turn any place into a shooting haven. The only downer is it does not support iPhone 5/5s.

Orbotix Sphero 2.0 Robotic Ball, $189

About the size of a baseball, the Sphero 2.0 Robotic Ball connects to your iOS devices via Bluetooth, allowing you to access more than 25 apps for a fun and mesmerising augmented-reality experience.

You control Sphero by tilting or swinging your iOS device, or by swiping a finger on the screen or swinging the device. Your experience differs depending on the apps you are using.

For example, you can use the Sphero Golf app to play golf with Sphero by mimicking a golf swing. Or you can roll Sphero over virtual zombies with the The Rolling Dead app.

Crayola DigiTools Deluxe Pack, $79

Instead of letting your children play the same endless games on the iPad, why not unleash their creativity with the Crayola iMarker?

Part of the DigiTools Deluxe Pack, the iMarker is an intelligent digital stylus that interacts with the Crayola apps included.

The iMarker can unlock a myriad of drawing options in the app with different markers, crayons, colour pencils and paint brushes.

A 3-D digital stylus, a pair of 3-D glasses, digital airbrush for spray-art effects and digital stamper for animated images are included.

The apps have animated colouring pages that move as they are coloured.

Apptoyz AppFishing, $39

You do not need to pay for time at a fish pond, or drive to Rompin or farther to fish when this tackle lets you reel them in anywhere.

The Apptoyz AppFishing features a mini detachable rod with a cast button and an authentic spinning reel that lets you cast, reel and jig like a real fisherman.

First, download the free Fish It app or The Strike Pro Angler app, mount your iPhone on the universal holder and indulge to your heart's content. The patented trigger-to-touch technology supports iOS devices from the iPhone 3GS and third-generation iPod touch onwards.

This article was published on April 16 in Digital Life, The Straits Times.

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