Life imitates Apps at #CES

Pocket God, I am T-Pain and Angry Birds have taken the app world by storm, and I guess it was only inevitable that the real world would want their own versions.

Pocket God now has models of their characters available for purchase. You can act out your own scenes of destruction (or benevolence) as you see fit, or just display them in a glass case, the way your grandmother displayed Hummel figurines!

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I am T-Pain is a natural to bring to the non-app world via a microphone. In fact, it's probably preferable as you may not want kids playing with your expensive iPhone, and the speaker might even be better on a dedicated device. Plus it seems natural singing into a mike versus your phone!

Angry Birds has spawned plush dolls, iPhone cases and soon, a home version! Mattel will be releasing a toy game where you use a slingshot to shoot the familiar birds into structures you build. This might be fun, especially for the serious Angry Birds fans, myself included, but part of the appeal is the ongoing gameplay. I don't think I'd want to keep setting up the structures between rounds. That's why you don't see snowboarding video games that include the chairlift part. It's all about action. But when I showed these pictures to my kids, they were all over it so maybe the real world is ready for Angry Birds, the home version!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, 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.