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The new Monster app from Osmo turns a whiteboard and markers into digital artThe Osmo Creative Set for iPad includes a drawing board and markers, and works with the existing Osmo base system.
[MUSIC] There is a fine line to play with when releasing digital toys as you don't want to lose the physical aspect. Osmo has been merging digital with physical for around two years, but the next edition is Monster which combines drawing and a digital character all in one. This is one toy that I wish I had growing up to say the least. Monster by Osmo is available as an application for iPad and works with the Osmo base and mirror. Essentially these act as a dock for the iPad, and the mirror clips over the camera allowing it to look at the whiteboard. In the box you'll get a few chalk markers, a whiteboard, a carrying case, and an eraser cloth. A good thing to note is that these tools will also work with Osmo's previous release Newton and Masterpiece applications. Which prior to this, you just used a pen and paper for it. Mo the Monster is the star of the show along with whoever's playing the game. Upon starting the game, Mo will greet you and will have some questions or requests for you. Like to draw a favorite fruit or even a friend. The camera will pick up what is on the white board although the quality of the scans definitely depends on the lighting. Your drawing will then appear with Mo as he does some magic with it. To enter a few hours of game play, each show will have different questions being asked. Monster will retail for $49.00 and is a great addition to the Osmo lineup. With that being said, the cost of entry gets a bit higher as the starter creative kit, which includes the base and mirror, costs $79.00 by itself. You can expect future updates with more content at no additional cost in the future. As well as a creative starter kit for $79 later this summer. [MUSIC]