Briefly appearing on the official D23 Expo website prior to its removal, Hewlett-Packard (the expo’s sorcerer sponsor) advertised that it will be bringing its augmented reality experience, Aurasma to the show.
Hey Howdy Hey! Disney Education is calling on children (aged 3-12) from the US to come up with their best original story featuring Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the Toy Story pals and produce it with the Toy Story: Story Theater app ($2.99) for the chance to send their family to this year’s Disney D23 Expo, being held right near the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA.
Disney has announced ‘Story,’ an Apple iPhone/iPad application that can automatically group your personal photos and videos and combine them into a narrative to tell a story.
According to the app’s mission statement (via its description on its official Facebook page), ‘Disney has been telling the stories that you love for generations. Now, we can help you tell yours.’
The app description continues to outline what it does and how it goes about doing so. Using date and GPS data associated with photos and videos stored on the smart phone, Story automatically groups them together in a ready-to-share package, which can then be shared via social media outlets such as Facebook and email, on the official Story.us website, or even embedded on personal blogs.
Disney D23, the official Disney fan club has announced it will be letting its members be amongst the first to experience Disney’s new ‘Second Screen Live’ experience at a special screening of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on April 15, 2013.
Although the event is free to members and their guests, each attendee must bring a personal iPad will be required to partake in the ‘Second Screen Live’ experience. Using the iPad, there will be special challenges, speed trivia, sing-alongs and more for the chance to win prizes and play against other fans in the audience. The required app will be emailed to participants who successfully sign up when tickets become available March 20 at 1 pm PT. As is the custom, guests will also receive a special gift for attending the event.
Title: Toy Story: Smash It! (link)
Publisher: Walt Disney
Released: February 27, 2013
Platforms: Apple iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), Android Soon
Pros: Familiar intellectual property, addictive play, well executed spin on popular mobile game franchise
Cons: Restart button isn’t immediate
Review: Toy Story: Smash It!, a new title from Disney Mobile and Disney Mobile Studio Prague, is a physics oriented game that’s sure to make any player anything but angry.
On the day its new Disney Junior series, ‘Sofia the First,’ launches, Disney has also released Sofia the First: Story Theater for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.
The app contains two modes: the first is an interactive storybook, a retelling of the Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess movie which is narrated by Sofia (Ariel Winter) and features audio clips from the movie as well as dozens of individual animations.
Just in time for the theatrical release of Monsters Inc 3-D on December 19, Disney Mobile Games released ‘Monsters, Inc. Run‘ last night for Apple iPhone, iPad and iOS Touch devices ($.99).
‘Monsters, Inc. Run‘ is a side-scrolling action platform adventure that has players dashing through locations from the movie as their favorite Monsters, Inc. characters. Players find themselves on a spine-tingling mission as some of the most popular scare team duos, including Mike and Sulley, to find and rescue Boo from danger.
Disney is currently looking for Apple iPad owners in the Los Angeles area to help test the new ‘Second Screen Live’ app, allowing movie-goers to interact with and experience movies in a whole new way. Beginning tonight, Disney will offer several screenings of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas employing the app which will allow guests to ‘participate in fun challenges, speed trivia, sing-alongs and more for the chance to win prizes and play against other fans in the audience.’
With Apple’s iPad dominating the tablet population, it’s small wonder that the emerging ‘apptivity’ market has becoming increasingly competitive at an exponential rate with companies chomping at the bit to develop creative and enticing physical objects to provide additional interactivity with the iPad and its apps. Already a pioneer in the field with its Cars app and toys, Disney is once again looking to set the bar, this time with the Disney Creative Studio by eKids.
It’s not a new concept at the core, but Disney Interactive (NYSE:DIS) plans on launching a new platform dubbed ‘Disney Connected Learning’ in late 2012/2013 which will allow parents to actively monitor their child’s performance in learning-related activities. What makes this particular implementation unique is that it will run under Apple iOS and Amazon Kindle devices, along with Facebook and other platforms, and encompass more than thirty separate games throughout the year, featuring familiar Disney characters as they educate players via Disney’s Learning System. In addition, an API will be exposed that will allow third party developers to integrate Disney’s K-5 curriculum which was developed in partnership with Stanford University and the University of Georgia. The native and third party apps will allow to progressively test skills with the child and report back to a separate parent-specific app that will allow feedback on the child’s progress.