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Vintage Batman MIMOBOT–Reviewed


Mimoco_blackBG_webIn today’s world of everything being electronic and digital, its common practice to assume everyone has a computer, or has access to a computer by a family member or the public library.  This assumption is no where more prevalent then in today’s school system and the homework the kids bring home.  It is not a stretch of the imagination to have homework brought home multiple times a month that require a computer to complete it; could be writing a paper, or using the internet for research.  Gone are the days of having floppy disks to keep all your school research and papers on to take with you, today, if you don’t have a thumb drive, you’re almost looked at like you have a disease, or you get a look of sympathy as if you’re out of touch.  (The look I enjoy giving)

Its no secret that the market is inundated with USB flash drives.  You can practically get one anywhere (short of the quarter machines in men’s bathrooms).  So, why do I have a review about a flash drive?  Well because in the scheme of things, especially with kids, the concern isn’t the transfer speeds or performance it offers (slightly slower then some, but still works great) or so much the capacity (that concern comes with their iPhones and iPods) but if it looks cool.  The neater looking, the more unique, the better, and the better chance they won’t misplace it or forget it, meaning all those hours of research and writing won’t have to all be redone the night before its due!

The people at Mimoco  have created not only unique and functional flash drives, but they’ve practically created a line of collectable figures, that can function as USB flash drives.  I mean these things even stand up on your desk!  Unless you actually know what it is, its hard to tell its even a flash drive of any kind.

Mimoco offers their own original designs, but also offer licensed products including DC Comics, Hello Kitty, Star Wars and Halo.  I myself have the pleasure of getting the Vintage Batman MIMOBOT.   The grey and black-clad Vintage Batman MIMOBOT is styled after the icon’s first ever appearance in Detective Comics #27 from May 1939!  I mean how cool is that?  I have a flash drive styled after Batman’s first appearance.  On top of this thing coming with such a cool and unique visual style, it also have a few small extras included and comes pre-loaded with exclusive Batman MIMOBOT wallpapers, screensavers, and avatars, as all the MIMOBOTs do.  The Batman MIMOBOT comes in flavors of 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB.  ( I myself have the 2GB model)

Mimoco BatmanIn February Mimoco will be including Robin, Catwoman and The Joker to their Batman line. More MIMOBOT series based on additional DC Comics’ characters, including Green Lantern (want it), Superman and The Flash (WILL have it), will follow in the near future.

Mimoco might seem a little more expensive then generic flash drives, but you can’t argue with just how unique and cool they are.  I was originally writing this up as a parent, wanting to point out how such a unique flash drive could be useful, not only for your child to use, but to be responsible and to keep up with such a small item.  Like I said above, give them something they’ll really like to where they’ll make sure they keep track of it, and you won’t have to stay up with them and redo a month’s project in a single night.  Strangely enough though, the parent in me turn fan boy over the Vintage Batman I received, and that’s not even mentioning some of the other cool flash drives they have.  If you’re a parent, collector, or just a fan of one of their particular licensed lines, Mimoco’s Designer flash drives are just too good to pass up.

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Sing your ABCs – ABC Song Piano



original ABC Song Piano  

Kiboomu Publishing –  $.99

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What’s one of the first songs people enjoy teaching their toddlers?  What’s one of the first songs that people will show up that their child knows, to other people?  At least for me and my boy, it was the ABCs.  Now, Bug is getting to the age where the fun and excitement can be repeated, and the ladies at Kiboomu have helped capture the joy and fun in their latest app in their Song Piano series: ABC Song Piano.

Just like with their previous apps “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Piano” and “Old MacDonald Piano” you go and press the piano button, and your little one can sit and enjoy the music and animation, but also have the option of interacting and pressing the piano keys themselves.

With ABC Song Piano, children can do the following:
♫ learn the alphabet
♫ follow the lighted keys or match the colorful music notes to the piano keys
♫ watch the piano keys light up one by one with the song
♫ press the start button and sing along
♫ add animal sounds to the song
♫ hear the song played on a banjo, xylophone, harp, flute, bells and more!
♫ record your child singing and playing the piano!
♫ sing and read karaoke style lyrics in English, French & Spanish

Just like their previous iterations, Kiboomu has show that they know how to develop apps that not only educate but entertain toddlers and preschoolers.  So if you’re looking for a new app to help keep you kids quiet and entertained, or if you’re child is starting to learn their ABCs and getting excited about it, then this app is for you!  As always with Kiboomu, I highly recommend this app.

Below is a video of Bug watching and listening to the app the very first time I played it for her.  If that’s not a 20 month old captivated, I don’t know what is!

 


BOTTOM LINE

“ABC Song Piano” is an exceptional colorful and creative musical, educational, and entertaining app that will bring out your child’s excitement about learning the alphabet along with bringing out your children’s interests and talents of music.

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Night & Day Studios Releases Peekaboo Forest


downloadThe fine folks behind some of my favorite apps for Bug such as Peekaboo Barn and My Very First App have just had their latest approved and released to the App Store: Peekaboo Forest.

Explore beautiful forest scenes looking for signs of life. If you see something moving, tap on it to find out who it is!
This fun, interactive, and educational game includes Charley Harper’s distinctive drawing style and was inspired by his love of nature and symmetry. With this universal version, the famous Peekaboo series comes to the iPad too. Play it in English or Spanish!
Touch the vividly illustrated forest scenes to see charming animations, learn the names of animals, and hear the real sounds these creatures make in the wild. Younger children will love playing peekaboo with animals, as they learn about cause and effect and familiarize themselves with the names and sounds of animals. Older children can try to guess the animals by clues, work on spelling, and can start to learn about the seasons and the interconnected web of life that is a living forest. Adults will love the graphic, mid-century-modern illustrations by Charley Harper.
This is not a videogame or a TV show; it’s an interactive storybook with exceptionally fine art. When you could really use a safe distraction—in airports, restaurants, and waiting rooms—or you’d like to try something new with your budding little genius, Peekaboo Forest is a great alternative to other media options. It’s educational, handheld, ad-free, and inexpensive.
Peekaboo Forest was designed with preschool age children in mind by the award-winning team of educational media developers at Night & Day Studios, creators of My Very First App. It is the third entry in the beloved toddler app series that began with Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild. The graphics, sound effects, and narration are all presented at the highest quality. The illustrations were rendered for all iOS 4 devices including the iPad and the iPhone 4’s Retina display.

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