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The revolution for children’s games arrives in South Africa with the debut of Osmo

The award-winning, innovative play system that combines fun and learning. A mix of fun, education, physical and digital play designed for young children

Osmo, the children’s game company that has revolutionised the world of gaming and learning, has arrived in South Africa. The American brand has created a new category of game, which combines the digital world with the physical one, creating a unique and interactive experience.

 

Osmo is an educational accessory that shortens the distance between the real and digital worlds, combining tablet screens, particularly loved by children, with the tactile and practical interaction they need. The Osmo range encourages children to participate actively, to think, play and see their creations come to life on technology. Its uniqueness immediately brought excellent results worldwide, with more than 2.5 million downloads on iPad and reaching over 50,000 schools.

 

Research shows that the inordinate use of screens such as tablets, smartphones or PCs in children does not give them the necessary tools for learning and growth. In fact, more and more children are losing the pleasure of manual dexterity and creativity, arriving at school with weak motor skills, even simply in the use of pencils and pens.

 

Faced with this situation, two former Google engineers and two parents, Pramod Sharma and Jérôme Scholler, founded Osmo to create a new, fun and educational gaming experience. The proposals include hands-on activities, essential for proper development, to their own expertise and proprietary technology to give children a fun tool to explore their creativity while improving their business skills, STEM, spelling, math and more. Plus, Osmo’s holistic learning system and design lends itself to children of different ages, and with a wide variety of add-ons, it’s the perfect tool to keep your kids entertained.

 

 

 

The children’s toy revolution: How does Osmo work?

 

Osmo’s games are based on its proprietary “Reflective AI” technology that turns your iPad, iPhone or Amazon Fire into a blank canvas on which children can express their creativity and learn. This proprietary and first-of-its-kind technology allows objects that are placed in front of the screen to be reflected on the device used. In this way, children can perfectly combine the world of video games and the real, physical world, while continuing to learn and have fun.

 

Simply place the Osmo sensor at the height of the device’s camera and, like a scanner, it captures everything that happens in front of the screen on the play surface, such as the child’s movements, the various game pieces he manipulates and places on the table. These appear on the screen which provides immediate (and fun) auditory and visual feedback. Also, once the games are downloaded and installed on the device, no WiFi connection is required.

Osmo has received several awards: Best AI-based Solution for Education Award for its proprietary Reflective AI technology. It was also named as one of the “25 Best Inventions” by Time Magazine.

Osmo games: designed to make children “grown up”.

 

Osmo Starter Kit Genius

The Genius Starter Kit, is designed for children ages 6 to 10. They can discover the world of Osmo and get excited about its revolutionary and innovative gaming experience. The kit includes everything kids need to experience physical learning and digital fun with five different game modes: Words, numbers, tangram, newton and masterpiece.

 

Osmo Starter Kit Genius is available at a recommended retail price of R2299 at iStore.

 

COMPATIBILITY:

  1. Compatible iPads: iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 5, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 3, and 9.7-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro.iOS 9 or higher version.
  2. Fire Tablet is not compatible with this base.

Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad

Designed for ages 3-5 the Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit engages pre-schoolers with educational games in core subjects by merging tactile exploration with innovative technology. Beyond fostering creativity and cognitive skills, these educational toys help children learn in a stress-free environment with instant feedback and encouragement.

 

The Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit includes four educational games to help children develop creativity, imagination, fine motor skills, verbal proficiency, empathy and spatial reasoning. These are ABC, Squiggle Magic, Costume Party and Stories.

 

Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit is available at a recommended retail price of R1999 at iStore.

 

COMPATIBILITY:

Compatible with all iPads except Generation 1, 2, 3. iPad Reflector 2021 required for the: iPad Air 4, iPad Pro 11-inch & iPad Pro 12.9-inch. The minimum iOS version needed is iOS 10.

 

Osmo Coding Starter Kit for iPad 

Designed for ages 5–10, Coding Starter Kit teaches children logic, coding fundamentals, basics of programming, solve coding puzzles, teamwork, listening, critical thinking, observation, creative problem solving, music creation & pattern recognition.

 

Osmo Coding Starter Kit builds coding skills in progression with 3 hands-on learning games: Coding Awbie, Coding Jam & Coding Duo

 

Osmo Coding Starter Kit is available at a recommended retail price of R2299 at iStore.

 

COMPATIBILITY

Compatible with all iPads except Generation 1, 2, 3. iPad Reflector 2021 required for the: iPad Air 4, iPad Pro 11-inch & iPad Pro 12.9-inch. The minimum iOS version needed is iOS 10.

 

Osmo Pizza Co. Starter Kit  

Children aged between 5 and 12 learn real-world (business) math, money, addition, subtraction, fractions, fast paced mental math, run & grow a business, social interaction, listening, critical thinking, observation, creative problem solving & basic business concepts with Osmo Pizza Co. Starter Kit.

 

Osmo Pizza Co. Starter Kit is available from iStore at the recommended retail price of R1399.

 

COMPATIBILITY

Compatible with all iPads except Generation 1, 2, 3. iPad Reflector 2021 required for the: iPad Air 4, iPad Pro 11-inch & iPad Pro 12.9-inch. The minimum iOS version needed is iOS 10. Compatible Fire Tablets: 8th Gen Fire HD 8, 9th Gen Fire 7, and 9th Gen Fire HD 10. Compatible with the Fire HD 8 10th Gen (2020) & Fire HD 10 11th (2021), requires the reflector adapter, sold separately.

 

About Osmo

Osmo is building a universe of hands-on play experiences that nurture children’s minds by unleashing the power of imagination. The company brings physical tools into the digital world through augmented reality and its proprietary reflective artificial intelligence.

 

Acknowledgements

To date, Osmo has been named one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions, is a Parents’ Choice award winner, a winner of the prestigious Oppenheim Prize, and a 2016 finalist for Toy of the Year. Osmo is sold in more than 42 countries, delivered through nine international distribution centres, and has been embraced in more than 30,000 schools. Tangible Play Inc. is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

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Fun mamma S.A. was created in 2012 by Mamma Bear, Judy MacGregor.as a Facebook community page to educate, encourage and inspire parents.

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