A Research Project on Hybrid Experiences

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Foam Fighters

Foam Fighters 2An appcessory game from WowWee, Foam Fighters utilizes a line of small detailed foam airplanes (free to be flown on their own) that attach to the smart device to allow the user to “fly” the plane in simulated situations on the screen.

In Foam Fighters players take to the skies with foamy WWII fighter planes. Developed as a part of WowWee’s AppGear line of appcessory game-toys, Foam Fighters utilize a method of attaching the model foam airplane to the smart device via a suction-cup mounting arm. The app, available free for iOS and Android, then recognizes the plane through the back camera of the smart device.  When viewed through the device screen, the attached plane can be seen flying, fighting and taking digital damage.

The physical game box includes two fighters, two fold-out stands and one suction-cup mounting arm. Each plane unlocks a different campaign based on historical battles (Battle of the Pacific, Battle of Britain and Battle of Europe) and players can choose either Axis or Allied forces. Missions include dog fights, bombing runs, landing and refueling, and escorting units. Earning points allows players to upgrade the planes with different guns and bombs. The game can also be played in multiplayer mode, including eight players skirmish mode over local wi-fi.

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LEGO Life of George

Life Of George 2Life of George is an “app toy” Lego game. Players purchase a set of Life of George Legos and download a free smart phone app in order to build displayed Lego models. These are then “verified” to be properly assembled by using the smart phone camera. 

Life of George combines real Lego bricks with a smart phone app. Players first purchase the Life of George Lego set which includes an array of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 long Lego bricks and a special “green screen” play mat. Available free for iOS and Android, the Life of George app provides the associated assembling game and the capturing software. Play consists of players trying to build displayed models, one at a time, as fast as possible. In the 2 player mode a friend can be challenged and competed against on 5 different models to see who builds the fastest. After finishing a model, the smart phone camera is used to capture the model to “verify” it. A score is then awarded for time, accuracy, etc.

The app includes also a creation mode where you design and capture your own models and use them to challenge your friends. There are various difficulty levels determined by the models and the time setting you choose (easy or hard). An internet connection is not required to use the app.

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Disney DreamPlay

Disney DreamPlay app toys 1DreamPlay is an AR game product that works via an app downloaded to Apple devices. With the app open, players can point their device’s camera at a DreamPlay toy to trigger animations and other alternate reality interactions involving Disney characters.

DreamPlay toys are augmented reality products, made by Jakks Pacific, that use patented 2D and 3D recognition technologies to instantly recognize a toy, while adding moving characters to it, thus allowing interaction and play with the AR objects. The toys incorporate iD image recognition technology, which recognizes images, 3D objects, voice, speech, data, live video and more, with the capability to differentiate between millions of objects at once. This allows kids to use a physical toy to play iOS/Android app games and view animations using a tablet or smartphone. The content is focused on Disney franchises, such as The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan.

DreamPlay works via the cloud, with images and interactions stored on a remote server and streamed to mobile devices when the app is opened and the camera is pointed at the toys. The patented technology has also removed the need for any type of QR code. Jakks will also produce DreamPlay Toys based on other brands such as Monsuno.