Are you tired of seeing your kids sitting around playing video games? If you are, then you should check out Treasure Dash (Monkey Mojo Games). The free iOS app combines motion controls with virtual reality to get children on their feet and moving as they explore a colorful and immersive 3D world in the spirit of classic Nintendo adventures (like Mario and Zelda). It’s kinda of like a Wii or Kinect game for your mobile device. Treasure Dash is available now for the iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices. Continue reading to find out how a reader of my dad blog can win a Plush toy featuring the tiger from Treasure Dash.
Like many parents, I have a ton of video footage of my kids. And when I show them to my friends and co-workers, they politely watch them. But they don’t get excited unless they see the footage I personally edited (see videos on this page). I’m lucky I have the skill to edit my own video. But many parents don’t. That’s when the upcoming VidMob app comes in handy. The app connects video content creators with video editors in a real-time, bid-based marketplace. The app has not been released yet, but it looks easy to use in the demo I saw last week at the TNT Portland event at the Westin Hotel. Just pick your favorite clips on your phone and then select a video editor with the app.
Can you believe The Very Hungry Caterpillar celebrated its 45th anniversary about a week ago? The children’s classic has been around a very long time. In celebration, StoryToys and The World of Eric Carle are releasing The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends – Play & Explore app for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The new 3D interactive app offers pre-schoolers new ways to interact with their favorite Eric Carle characters. As part of the promotion for the iOS app, I’m giving the app to five readers of my dad blog. In addition, one winner will also get a Stage & Play: The Very Hungry Caterpillar diorama toy.
SOL REPUBLIC set me a pair of their Tracks Ultra headphones for review and giveaway on my dad blog. I like the sound quality of the earbuds that came with my iPod Touch. But the sound quality of the Tracks Ultra blows away the Apple earbuds. I think a pair of SOL REPUBLIC headphones would make an excellent Christmas gift for a music lover. The Tracks Ultra headphones I’m giving away are available now for $179.99. You can buy a pair directly from SOL REPUBLIC. Or if you prefer, through Amazon. BTW, Michael Phelps wore a pair of SOL REPUBLIC headphones during the summer Olympics.
Over the weekend, I checked out a new app called Tot Yoga. It’s a whimsical app that features 13 interactive yoga poses for children ages two to seven. Actually, the poses are not limited to only young kids. The poses can be practiced by a child alone, beside a parent, or by the parent while the tot is napping. The app is designed to be kid friendly. That’s why it features cute animals doing poses. Kids are encouraged to copy the animal’s poses and movements. Children also encouraged to growl, bark, and bounce like the animals in the app. BTW, I have a Tot Yoga themed giveaway on my dad blog today. I’m giving away a gift basket consisting of a Tot Yoga DVD and a book (Stoney’s Shadow: A Triumphant Tale).
Another two for one special today. First, I’m going to review the new Twist app (by Twist and Shout). Then I’m going to give away a $25 iTunes gift card. Nice!
This week, I’ve been playing with the Twist app for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch (iOS 4.0 or later). The app sends emails to your family, friends and colleagues to let them know when you will arrive. The app also sends out alerts to tell people when you are almost there and if you are running late. Obviously, you could text out your status. However, Twist does it automatically so you don’t have to text and drive (very dangerous and illegal in Oregon). BTW, the Twist app is free. However, it’s currently available in the US only. A world-wide release is coming soon. An Android version will also be released in the future.
Two for one special today. I’m writing a short review of the Own The Moments App and then I’m giving away the Big / Tooth Fairy DVD (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) on my dad blog. My kids and I saw Tooth Fairy last month and we loved it. My kids have not seen Big, but I saw it many years ago. It features a young Tom Hank. I loved that movie too.
I just want to let the readers of my dad blog know that I’m giving away 500 licenses for the MotionX-Sleep 2.0 app on my geek dad blog. The main function of MotionX-Sleep is to help users track and optimize their sleep cycle. Head over to my geek dad blog if you want to read my MotionX-Sleep app review. Or you can go directly to my MotionX-Sleep giveaway page if you want to download the app now. The first 500 people to sign up can get the app for free. MotionX-Sleep is compatible with the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices (iOS 4.2 or later).
Unless I get a last minute request, this should be the last Father’s Day giveaway for this year. Thanks to Fusion of Ideas (Twitter), I’m giving away StealthArmor protective film for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPod Nano devices. StealthArmor is a useful gift for the geek dad in your life. The low-profile and sleek iDevice protective film is thin, easy-to-apply, and great for protecting dad’s gadgets. StealthArmor comes in a variety of styles and colors to match dad’s taste.
Tick tock. Father’s Day is less than a week away. This year, I might get my dad an electronic photo frame. I think he’ll like it — especially if I upload a bunch of photos of his grandkids to the frame. Now that my dad is retired, I can actually see my dad on Father’s Day. He use to be a cook and was never able to get Father’s Day off. I wonder why. Anyways, if you’re still looking for Father’s Day gift ideas, below are some items on my wish list. I found these items in the electronics section at Walmart.