iPieces Make iPads into Physical Board Games
iPieces conduct electricity from your fingers so you can swipe them across an iPad screen.
CREDIT: Sean Captain
Remember air hockey from the arcades — and the satisfying feel of sliding the paddle across the table and hitting the puck?
You can get a little of that back with iPieces, board-game pieces that work on iPads by conducting the electricity between your fingers and the screen.
So instead of tapping and sliding your finger, you can use the paddle to hit an air hockey puck, use a toy fishing rod to hook animated fish, or move pieces along the path on board games (which include a virtual die that you swipe to "roll"). ["Piano Dust Buster" iPad Game Evokes "Rock Band"]
The maker of iPieces, is no stranger to games. "Pressman Toys is a 90-year-old company. We've been making games forever," said Jim Pressman, president of the family-owned company. "And now we've come into the new generation."
The company currently sells four games: Air Hockey, Fishing, and two titles in which you roll the die to move along a board — Game of Goose and Snakes & Ladders. The games are on their way to stores such as Toys 'R Us and are available now on Pressman's web site. Each costs $13.
In the fall, Pressman will add a pool game, with teeny tiny cue sticks.