In an industry first, Disney introduced today Disney AppMATes™ Mobile Application Toys, a new toy line that comes to life digitally when used with an Apple iPad by allowing kids to use the tablet’s screen as a virtual play mat. Developed in collaboration between Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and Disney Mobile and featuring patent-pending technology, the Appmates toy line features miniature Disney·Pixar Cars 2 vehicles with sensors on the base of each toy that are recognized as a unique footprint by an app with no cable or Bluetooth connection required. Simply download the free Cars 2 Appmates app from the iTunes app store, place your favorite Appmates toy character on the screen and play.
The iconic PC classic game of logic is back, this time exclusively for the iPad. At E3, Disney Mobile announced it’s bringing ‘The Incredible Machine’ to the iPad this month. Originally released for the PC in 1993 and named one of the Top 150 games by Computer Gaming World magazine, ‘The Incredible Machine’ challenges players to solve puzzles by building comically-engineered contraptions to accomplish simple objectives. With straightforward touch controls, Retina Display graphics, original music, and great sound effects, ‘The Incredible Machine’ inspires the imagination with mind-bending invention, physics and hours of fun.
ABC News today launched the ABC Video Bookstore App for iPad, available free on the App Store. The free app will turn the page on a new generation of storytelling, creating an interactive experience for users that enables them to delve deeper into the most compelling stories of our time.
The ABC Video Bookstore debuts with two titles, A MODERN FAIRY TALE: William, Kate and Three Generations of Royal Love by Jane Green and THE AMANDA KNOX STORY: A Murder in Perugia by ABC News. Both will be available for $7.99 through the app and wherever eBooks are sold, or as a $5.99 text and photo-based version for e-readers that don’t support video. Additional titles will be released throughout the year.
ESPN announced today its flagship network ESPN as well as ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com are now available to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers via the new ‘WatchESPN’ App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, now available on the App Store.
In time for the early rounds of the Masters, the NBA Playoffs and the beginning of the Major League Baseball season, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers who receive the linear networks as part of their video subscription can now watch the channels from the convenience of their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has provided us with these first look demo screens of the Second Screen technology for the Blu-ray/DVD release of TRON: Legacy, available to own on April 5, 2011. The technology, recently debuted alongside Bambi,allows viewers to use their iPad or computer to experience additional and relevant information, videos, photos, concept art and more synchronized with the film itself.
In addition, TRON: Legacy director Joe Kosinksi and TRON director and creator Steven Lisberger will be appearing at the Best Buy in West Hollywood, California to sign copies of the films on Disney Blu-ray and DVD. The event begins at 7:30 pm PT.
Disney Publishing Worldwide has released the ‘Epic Mickey’ universal iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch app to support the release of the upcoming game. The free app includes the first of six DigiComics with the rest offered as an in-app purchase bundle for $2.99. The official description is as follows:
Welcome to Wasteland! Visit directly on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad the world where long-forgotten Disney icons of animation can find new life inspired by the Disney Epic Mickey videogame.
TRON, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Muppets and Epic Mickey were the topics of discussion today during the Disney Publishing Worldwide panel at the 5th annual New York Comic-Con which kicked off today in New York City.
Briefly touching upon TRON, preview pages of the prequel graphic novel TRON: Betrayal and The Art of TRON: Legacy were shared. Since the titles themselves as well as many of the other TRON: Legacy titles (mostly geared towards tweens) were made available to browse through at the Disney Publishing Worldwide booth, there wasn’t much more needing to be mentioned on the topic.
Winnie the Pooh, the beloved Disney character, will star in his first ever book-based app with the release of the “Winnie the Pooh: What’s a Bear to Do?” Puzzle Book App on the App Store. The universal app, Disney Publishing’s first, delivers an immersive and interactive reading experience for preschoolers on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
On the heels of launching four critically acclaimed apps for iPad — “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3” and “The Princess and the Frog,” — Disney Publishing has added new layers of interactivity to “Winnie the Pooh: What’s a Bear to Do?” and has optimized the app’s content to run on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
For a limited time only, iPad owners can purchase a copy of Disney Publishing’s Toy Story 2 and The Princess and the Frog Read-Along Apps for just $3.99 each, more than 50% off the original price. Plus each user that purchases one of the apps is entitled to one month free to Disney Digital Books, an online library of hundreds of Disney book classics and original titles featuring Disney’s most popular characters, a value alone of $8.95.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Disney is teaming up with Nielsen to produce an app for the iPad which will allow the app to provide content in real-time along with the broadcast of its new drama ‘My Generation.’
According to the article, the app will provide interactive opportunities for the viewer who will be able to participate in polls, trivia, twitter feeds and the like, all in relation to the specific program they are watching, whenever they are watching it. The app takes advantage of technology developed by Nielsen called audio watermarking in which the app’s content is triggered by audio cues from the television program through the iPad’s built-in microphone, which means the app will work even if the viewer is watching the show on a DVR.