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Crayola and Griffin team up again to create a freehand Light Marker for iPad (First Take)

The new Crayola Light Marker for iPad announced at CES 2013 lets you paint, color, or draw freehand from a couple feet away from your device.

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Draw and play games with the new Light Marker coming this spring from Crayola and Griffin. Photo by Josh Miller/CNET

The Light Marker for iPad is Griffin Technology's latest collaboration with Crayola to make more kid friendly products, and this gadget looks like it will be a hit.

For $29.99, you can get a glowing marker-shaped pen that interacts with your iPad's front-facing camera to let you freehand draw, paint, and color on your iPad screen. After touching the glowing tip of the pen to your front-facing camera you simply point the pen in the direction of the iPad (from a couple of feet away) to see a laser-pointer you use as your drawing instrument.

Directing the laser dot to the bottom of the screen brings up a radial menu with selections for markers, crayons and paintbrushes, and you can choose colors and other settings all without ever physically touching your iPad. It's not just for drawing though -- the free app comes with activities like Dot to Dot pictures, splatter paint balloons, puzzles, and several others.

The Light Marker will be available from Griffin Technology this spring for $29.99, and is sure to be popular with any young creative types.

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