Osmo – Bringing Play Beyond the Screen

Devices like the iPad have really transformed the way children learn but there has always been one aspect of it that I was troubled with – the lack of true physical manipulation. For example, you can play “tangrams” on the iPad but it will never ever replace the full experience of manipulating physical puzzle pieces. Now, one group has made the leap beyond the screen…


Osmo – transforming the way children play.

What is Osmo?

Osmo is a unique gaming accessory for the iPad that comes with games. This children’s technology system changes the way children play by bringing the physical and digital worlds together. The system consists of a unique reflector, game pieces and mobile apps that incorporate an iPad into the game in a whole new way. Osmo expands gameplay beyond the screen, transforming the space in front of the tablet into an interactive environment that turns any object into a digitally connected game piece.

Osmo was created by young parents out of Stanford and Google looking for a way to bring back physical play to digitally savvy kids. USA Today and Yahoo! Tech have both raved about Osmo’s ability to make parents and kids alike thrilled and Wired called it an ‘Ingenious New Toy’. Time Magazine named Osmo one of the top inventions of 2014.

In the box you will find everything you need to play Masterpiece, Newton, Words, and Tangram: Osmo kit, wooden tangram shapes, and words tiles. Games are available free on AppStore.

  • Games can be played and even created by the whole family, anywhere, and on any surface
  • Designed for iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Air (not included)
  • Set comes with reflector, base and Masterpiece, Words, Tangram, Newton Games

About The Games:

Words: Be the first to guess and spell out the on-screen hidden word by tossing down real-life letters faster than your friends. A related picture gives the clue.

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Tangram: Arrange tangible puzzle pieces into matching on-screen shapes. Play with a friend or challenge yourself to more advanced levels as your handiwork lights up with each victory.

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Newton: Use your creative noggin and inventive objects like a hand-drawn basket, grandma’s glasses, dad’s keys, or anything around you to guide falling on-screen balls into targeted zones.

Masterpiece: Supercharge your drawing skills with Masterpiece! Pick any image from the camera, curated gallery, or integrated web search and Masterpiece will transform it into easy-to-follow lines and help you draw it to perfection. You can then share a magical time-lapse video of your creation with your friends and family.

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Watch Masterpiece in action:

Get Osmo on Amazon.