NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Disney Magic Mirror
This is how it would work in my house, and I suspect I'm not alone: I drop around $170 for an extravagant Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle and after a few weeks, maybe a few days, maybe even a few hours, that pricey gift has ceased being a toy and is now a dust-collecting plastic sculpture in the corner somewhere. But, after all that money spent, I would probably be willing to spend a few bucks more to breathe new life into this one.
That's what Disney is allowing you to do through its Magic Mirror app. It uses augmented reality so that as you point the app at each room, something in that room triggers an interactive experience with the Castle. For example, in Ariel's room, fish start to swim around, and then you play Little Mermaid-inspired games.
The app, for iOS devices, is $3.99. And the good news is, if you did not drop a chunk of your paycheck on the physical castle, your little one can still play the games in the app.
Angry Birds: Star Wars II Telepods
Working the other way around, how about breathing new life into an app via real world physical toys? You can do just that with Angry Birds: Star Wars II Telepods.
Instead of having to rely on whichever birds or pigs the game gives you to solve a level, you take your physical bird or pig, place it over your device's camera, and in beams that character into the game for you to use. As an added benefit, the toys can also be used offline in a real-world Angry Birds game, where you launch these guys at sets you build.
Right now, there are more than two dozen Telepod characters to buy, plus a few sets. They run between $10 and $60 and work with the free Angry Birds II: Star Wars app on iOS and Android devices.