AppGear By WowWee Combines Physical Toys With Android Apps (Videos)

The wonderful folks over at WowWee, the company most popular for creating little robot toys, brings to the table in 2012 the ability to combine toys and action figures with Android applications for smartphones and tablets.  If I’ve ever experienced a strange or different “thinking out of the box” behavior before, this would certainly be it.  And I mean that in a good way assuming this trend kicks off and catches on well.  The action figures purchased come ready to pair with their own free downloadable application.  The applications can either provide virtual game play with the figures or an augmented reality game play on the smartphone and tab.  You can expect to see the launch of the new games early this year and they’ll go for around $9.99 to $19.99 depending on what model toy or platform you want.  To kick things off, the company will offer six different products which will include titles like Alien Jailbreak, Zombie Burbs and Elite Commander.  You can check out some of these titles after the break via YouTube videos as well as the presser.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of them in the comments below.  We’ll be covering more news from WowWee as we catch their booth at CES this year.  


Press Release:

New Toy Category Equals New Revenue for Retailers in 2012

AppGear™ to Premiere at CES 2012.

LAS VEGAS, 4 Jan. 2012, from ShowStoppers @CES 2012 -AppGear™ from WowWee is a line of collectible toys that interact with free downloaded apps; the latest trend in gaming and graphics. AppGear changes the way consumers interact with the world of gaming, connecting apps with traditional tangible toys providing the user with a unique interface combining the digital and real world; essentially creating a new reality…”Amplified Reality”.

Launching in early 2012 with 6 unique titles, AppGear will be the low-cost innovative leader in the newly created category, known as AppCessories. A leading national newspaper recently said the AppCessory™ category will be the hottest toy category for 2012.

Last year App sales surpassed 5.2 billion dollars and this year that number is expected to increase to over 15 billion. By 2014 experts expect to see the number grow exponentially to 185 billion in sales.

“Until now, traditional retailers or brick-and-mortars have been unable to tap into this huge growing market. They’ve been left out of the app party, but now App Gear is providing retailers an opportunity to take a bite out of the “app” pie,” said Mike Gonzales, Creative Director and Digital Brand Manager for WowWee. “AppGear products will be sold at retail with price points of $9.99 up to $19.99, making the AppGear experience affordable for the real consumer!”

Every AppGear product, such as a collectible figure, interactive playset or customizable toy, will connect or interact with the associated free downloaded app. Also unique to AppGear and crucial to the success of AppGear for 2012, every AppGear product is compatible with all IOS(iPhone, iPad, iTouch) and Android platforms.

“Apps used to be something you played on your mobile devices. Thanks to WowWee’s AppGear you now play with real toys in the virtual world. Foam Fighters is one of a series of toy based apps. You fly your toy, play on your phone, using your real world as background. How cool is that? ” said technology expert, Robin Raskin. Earlier this week “Foam Fighters” was chosen as one of the 10 finalists for this years Mobile Apps Showdown. As part of CES, The Mobile Apps Showdown honors the best of the best apps founded by Robin Raskin, Founder of Living in Digital Times.

About the Author: Joe Sirianni

Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.