I have a confession to make… I own an iPhone and I’m addicted to downloading games! They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem… so… there you go, world! I’ve admitted it.
I spend so much of my time commuting to and from work, and visiting family and friends, all using public transit. This means I am often bored and looking for something to entertain me, and downloading games helps immensely.
I also know I am not alone in my mobile gaming addiction… Not least of all because I see fellow commuters stuck to their phones (I swear, I’m not the only one). I looked it up – 80% of all mobile downloads worldwide are games! Guess it explains the Angry Birds craze a few years back…
The mobile industry is now full of app and game designers trying to find a niche in the mobile gaming market. What is the market missing? What can we do that’s different?
To me, the best mobile gaming experience on the market is AppGear. Why? For starters, they’ve taken mobile gaming to a whole new level. They don’t constrain the user to the real world and have taken the concept of gaming one step further by combining physical toys with augmented reality to enhance the users’ gaming experience. I often sit on the bus and see fellow commuters as aliens and shoot at them through my iPhone screen!
What other games on your mobile device allow you to transform into a zombie, fly a plane, capture escaping aliens or fight as an Elite Commander?
I live in Montreal and everywhere I turn I see children of all ages playing on mobile phones or tablets… walking down the street, on the bus, on the metro, sat in a bar or restaurant with their parents… even my 3 year old cousin knows how to use an iPad!
According to research conducted by C&R, 22% of children between the ages of 6 and 9, 60% of children between the ages of 10 and 14 and a whopping 84% of teenagers aged 15 to 18 own a mobile phone.
In the 90s, texting was still a novelty! Sending text messages required lots and lots of button pressing, predictive text was a mess (anyone who owned a phone back then knows what I’m talking about), AND you could only communicate by text with those who also happened to own a mobile phone (and have small enough fingers to figure out texting…).
Over the past few years the mobile industry has changed dramatically. Phones are now not only used to place calls and send text messages but also to browse the internet, use apps to find information specific to your needs or desires, and to play games. Everything we once required a computer for we can now do & find on our phones.
What do you use your mobile phone for?
In today’s society it is seen as “old fashioned” or “behind the times” if someone we know does not own a mobile device. Mobile devices such as phones and tablets have become an integral part of the way we live and communicate with each other on a daily basis. Even my dad who struggles with technological advancements has an iPhone!
Mobile phones have been present in our lives since 1973, but it wasn’t until the 1990’s when the second generation of mobile phones emerged that their popularity spread across the globe.
I remember when I was a child, we actually had to (gasp!) call people on a landline in order to speak with them. You had to pray that the person you were calling was actually AT home, because text messaging and voicemail didn’t yet exist!
Mobile phones are now used by people of all ages, including children, to send text messages, check email, browse the internet, and play games. Phones are not that often used to, you know, speak… that primal form of communication seems so passé these days.
Have mobile phones assisted in the extinction of speech communication?
Post your thoughts to our blog or to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WowWee
“In the movies they were taught the good guys always win….”
On Thursday 19th July 2012 AppGear released the long awaited augmented reality game; Elite CommandAR.
What is augmented reality? I hear some of you say…. Augmented reality aims to duplicate the environment around you in a computer (or in our case an iPhone, iPad, iTouch, or Android Device). It combines the real scene (as viewed by the user) and a virtual scene generated by a computer.
“Those who survived crawled out of the rubble that was once a house, a city, a country… “
Elite CommandAR turns your world into a digital battlefield.
Playing Elite CommandAR will immerse your physical self into a virtual mission. You will be using the AR markers included with the game to take out and defeat the alien invaders who are sneaking through the portal from their world into yours. You will need to use your intelligence, wit and cunning to fight for the survival of the planet…. Your family, your friends, everyone you know…
“Using scavenged alien technology, we built a cybernetically enhanced suit to put one fighter on equal footing with the Vorosins.
And that marine is…you”.
Do you think you can complete the mission? Save the planet?
Get Elite CommandAR here and let us know what you think! http://store.wowwee.com/appgear/appgear-elite-commandar.html
Comic-Con is a huge event and takes place every year in San Diego. It’s a comic and arts convention, which features comic books (obviously… hence the title of the event!), games, art, movies and special guests. It’s a chance for fans from across the world to congregate under one roof, dress as their favorite comic/movie characters and participate in some celebrity sight seeing for days on end…. And this year AppGear had the chance to participate as a special guest!
Thousands of people flooded through the AppGear games truck, which was parked in Petco Park Parking Lot outside the Comic-Con main entrance.
Dedicated pilots fighting in historic battles, hungry and tired zombies fighting off hordes of angry humans, elite commanders saving the earth from a fierce race of bloodthirsty aliens and everyone trying to stop those pesky little green aliens from escaping! The AppGear team and fans gathered together in extraordinary fashion for an event to remember.
AppGear fans had the chance to try our latest augmented reality app toys as well as have sneak peeks into future releases. Cash prizes were given and battles were won!
It was 4 days of fun-tastic mayhem and the AppGear team loved every minute of it!
Did you see us at Comic-Con? If so, post your stories on our Facebook page and let us know all about your AppGear experiences.
Spring is around the corner and we’re feeling great about it, so why not share the joy!
Cinemin Slice, one of our awesome pico projectors, has been the talk of the town and we’re extending a special offer for $50 OFF one of these sweet gadgets on our Tech Shop.
Simply enter the code ‘50offslice‘ and benefit from taking projection out of boardrooms and movie theaters and into any room.
Slice connects – plug and play – to pretty much any media player. Dock an iPad or iPhone and interact with your games and apps in a whole new way. Or plug in your laptop to supersize its desktop.
Slice has picked up some extensive media coverage, so here’s a taste to help show you how cool this really is:
Engadget: WowWee Cinemin Slice takes the pico out of your pocket
Wired: Pico Projectors for Presentations on the Fly
The Globe and Mail: Cinemin Slice turns iPad into 60-inch screen
If you picked up a Paper Jamz Pro Guitar recently — or are running out the door this instant to get one — and you want to know what songs come preloaded, you’ve come to the right place.
While the beauty of the Pro Series is that you can sync your own music to the instruments, the preloaded songs are definitely worth a listen!
What’s even better is that all preloaded songs are available via download from the Paper Jamz Pro App.
1. The Best is Yet to Come – Watershed
2. When Down Comes Tumbling Down – Alison Pipitone Band
1. Low Wound -Bikelock
2. I’m Bored (Let’s Fight) – The Neighborhood Bullys
1. Check it Out – The Needle Droppers
2. Kung Fu Yu – B*Boss
Go forth and ROCK!
We had an absolutely amazing time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, where apps and games really took the show by storm.
If you had a chance to visit us at the Wall of Apps, ShowStoppers or the Mobile Apps Showdown (we were a finalist!), then we hope you enjoyed the fun line of amplified reality games that we’re launching this Spring.
If you weren’t able to make it out, check out the following review and coverage direct from the event floor.
Wired: Video – Use Your Imagination, iDevice and AppGear for Augmented-Reality Gaming
LAS VEGAS — Kids have it so good these days. Sure, they can use their “imaginations” to play games, but now traditional fantasy play can be augmented by mobile devices for even more textured experiences…
PCMAG: WowWee AppGear Connects Game Apps with Toys
LAS VEGAS — There are tech toys and there are game apps, and back in the day never the twain should meet. Now WowWee hopes to change that with its launch at CES 2012 of AppGear, a collection of toys and free downloadable apps that are meant to work with your iOS or Android device to change up the gaming grid as we know it…
Mashable: Wowee AppGear App Includes Toy Fighter Plane That Amplifies Reality [VIDEO]
LAS VEGAS — WowWee rolled out AppGear, a line of iOS games that work with toy accessories. The one that caught our eye at CES 2012 was this cute little toy airplane that is part of a flight simulator game…
Consumer Reports: CES 2012 Video: WowWee AppGear
At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, WowWee, which makes both robotics and digital toys, announced that it is launching a line of six toys called AppGear that combines virtual and real-world play…
New York Times: WowWee Creates Games That Blend the Physical and Virtual Worlds
LAS VEGAS — At the International Consumer Electronics Show WowWee unveiled a previously announced line of toys it calls “Appcessories,” which are game pieces, collectable figures and toys that control games on Android or Apple devices…
If you’ve been rocking out with your Paper Jamz Pro instrument, but have received ‘Driver Installation’ issues, then we have some how-to’s that will get you up and running in no time.
This issue has been identified on PC’s running several operating systems, so we have a variety of documents that will help you manually install the missing drivers required for the app.
Please select your operating system below and download the PDF. If you continue to have problems with your Paper Jamz driver, feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or through our customer support team.
Manual Driver Installation (Windows XP) – PDF
Manual Driver Installation (Windows Vista) – PDF
Manual Driver Installation (Windows 7) – PDF
AppGear is right around the corner and we’re gearin’ up for an amplified Spring — all puns intended.
Here’s a quick recap of some of the press we’ve received for this exciting lineup of amplified reality toys.
“I love it when a toy company takes play trends seriously and then creates an amazing product. As a family with 4 iPods, an Android smart phone and a tablet, apps are quite popular. “Mom can I buy this app?” is a phrase I’ve heard countless times.”
“It’s a familiar refrain among parents of young children: Kids don’t want to play with toys anymore because they’d rather play games on an iPad or a smartphone. Now, some toy makers are trying to adapt by fusing phone and tablet apps with store-bought toys. One of these companies, WowWee Toys, recently showed me some of their prototypes as part of a toy line they’re calling “App Gear.””
“WowWee, the company best known for its endless supply of adorable robot toys, is kicking off 2012 with something a little more virtual than visceral. AppGear combines actual physical toys with iOS and Android apps, like the launch title Foam Fighters. Each collectible, action figure or playset is paired with its own free, downloadable app that offers an augmented reality game or virtual way to interact with the toys.”
“After all, who doesn’t want to see their toys come to life? It looks like the Alien Jailbreak works by placing the alien jail toy in front of you and then shooting the aliens with an iOS or Android augmented reality application of some type.”