A growing number of companies are pairing Apple and Android apps with physical objects including board games, guns, radio-control vehicles and trading cards to create "augmented reality" activities. Here are some of the best app-object combinations from this week's annual Toy Fair.
Hasbro has transformed three of its iconic games – Life ($30), Monopoly ($30, June) and Battleship ($30, September) into zAPPed games. The most radical change for purists comes to Monopoly – no more Monopoly money. All transactions are now conducted by a credit card that you simply touch to the Monopoly app on an iPad or iPhone screen. Instead of plain Chance, Community Chest and Get Out of Jail cards, you get little games within the game. I'm not sure the Monopoly experience is enhanced by these changes, but it might get your young ones more involved in a little family activity.