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App Wrap: 'Osmo,' 'NailSnaps'

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.


To a child this looks like a new way to play video games. To a parent or teacher though, this may very well be a new way to teach fundamental lessons in math, spelling, or even science. It’s called "Osmo" and was created by a pair of former Google employees looking to turn into a positive the seemingly addictive quality iPads have on children. You stick your iPad into a stand, attach a reflective camera up top, and then you can control the games or activities with things you do in the real world, like move letter tiles or wooden tangram shaped blocks around or even draw. The big draw here for educators is that they can create their own games or even just lay their own content onto current titles so that they can, for example, have kids play the built-in spelling game only the teacher can put in the words that the students need to study for the next test. The Osmo, which comes with three games, and those alphabet and shape tiles, costs $80. Right now, it’s for iPads only.


Here’s one for taking something you do in an app and bringing it out to the real world. NailSnaps might just be the ultimate tool for women who like to customize their fingernails because this lets you customize them in just about any way you can think of. You just take a photo (either snap one or choose it from your camera roll, Facebook, or Instagram) and then take the virtual hand, stretch it, rotate it, manipulate it however you’d like so that the picture is on these nails the same way you’d like to see them on your nails. Then, add them to your cart and for about $20 bucks for a set of 20, you will get sent the nail wraps you just created. NailSnaps is a free app right now just for iOS devices, developers say an Android version is in the works. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP