iPieces ushers in a new generation of interactive games

I attended the CES Preview in New York City this summer and got to see a cool merging of app and board games, thanks to iPieces from Pressman Toy Corp. They offer a wide variety of physical game pieces that interact with their free iPad apps.

It's a neat approach, where the best pieces (no pun intended) of each technology can be leveraged. Users can physically hold Air Hockey sticks for example and interact with a digital puck on the iPad. The iPad app senses the physical controllers, as if by magic, and reacts accordingly.

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Presumably these will work with the new iPad mini, perhaps with a software tweak to handle the different pixel size, as the touch interface detects what pixels are being activated to learn where the controller is. There is no Bluetooth or WiFi component here... Just clever touchscreen handling.

iPieces offers fishing games, pool, snakes and ladders and more and can be found in Toys R Us and other stores, or online. At under $13, they make a nice holiday gift for iPad owners on your list.
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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.