Christmas has become awfully technical in the last decade or so. But if you've already caved and bought your child a smartphone and iPad or anything else with a webcam on it, you might consider buying them a Popar book to go with it.
Ando Muneno A Popar book in action. If you look at the card through a smartphone, webcam or tablet with the right software, the card will project a 3D image of a planet. You can move the cards around to get a better view and the image in the device will rotate appropriately.
These books employ augmented reality to overlay interactive digital images and games into a standard children's book. Or if you need to sell this to your 4-year-old daughter, "It's a magic pop-up book that you can play with if you look at through the iPad."
The technology is pretty impressive and they've pulled down a number of awards including a nod from "The View" for being one of the best toys at the New York Toy Fair.More »