Osmo is an iPad gaming accessory that lets you interact with real people and objects as part of the game play. The system consists of  reflector that snaps over your device’s camera and a base (that works with iPad mini and iPad 2), and games which are available through the AppStore. This system turns any surface in front of the device into a playing field. There are three games currently available: Tangram, where youhave to arrange puzzle pieces to match what’s shown on screen, Words, a guess-and-spell game using real-life letters, and Newton. osmo-words-ipad-educational-game-for-children

The most intriguing one is Newton, as this game requires you to draw or use real objects to guide falling balls towards their targeted zones. Sounds like fun for the whole family! Pre-order Osmo here.osmo-newton-ipad-game-accessory-for-kids

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Disney dream portraits by Annie Leibovitz: Penelope Cruz as Belle and Jeff Bridges as the Prince from Beauty and the Beast, in a shot entitled A Tale as Old As Time

In the latest installment of Annie Leibovitz’s Disney Dream Portraits series we have Penelope Cruz as Belle and Jeff Bridges her prince in a shot title  “Tale As Old As Time”, inspired by “Beauty and the Beast” (above) and Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin the Spirit in the Magic Mirror in a scene entitled “Famed Is Thy Beauty”, inspired by “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (below).

Annie Leibovitz's Disney dream portraits series: Olivia Wilde plays Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as magic mirror, Snow White and Seven Dwarfs

Queen Latifah as Ursula the Sea Witch from “The Little Mermaid”.

Annie Leibovitz's Disney dream portraits series: Queen Latifah plays Ursula octopus from Little Mermaid

Which one is your favourite photos from this series? I liked Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella and Tina Fey as Tinkerbell but Penelope as Belle is my new favorite!

And if you missed out on the rest of his collection, here are more great disney fantasy photographs by Annie Leibovitz

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Brinca Dada Emerson House - modern contemporary dollhouse

With the gift-giving season just around the corner, many will be on the lookout for unique and functional gifts for children. The Emerson House by brinca dāda is as much a gift for kids as it is for parents with discerning tastes. Beautifully made, it blends into most modern home settings. Add a couple of pieces from the Classic Contemporary furniture line and it will be hours of fun for imaginative young minds.

Emerson House

Emerson House Modern Dollhouse by Brinca Dada

Emerson House draws inspiration from Richard Neutra’s Desert House and A. Quincy Jones’ house for Gary Cooper. With seven rooms including a living room, kitchen, dinning room, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child’s bedroom, it features many distinguishing architectural features like glass corners, minimalist cut stone fireplace, scored hardwood floors and recessed LED lights powered by solar panels. Emerson House measures 18”x21”30” (H-W-L) and is built at 1:18 scale.

The house is easy on the environment with only non-toxic and lead-free wood stains and paints. It also recently won GREENretailer’s 2010 Eco-Choice Award for “Most Innovative” New Product.Emerson House by Brinca Dada - contemporary doll house with modern furniture, solar panels on the roof

Classic Contemporary Furniture

The Classic Contemporary furniture line from brinca dāda is the perfect complement to both Emerson House and Bennett House.

Classic Contemporary Furniture bedroom and bathroom set for modern dollhouses - the perfect complement for Emerson House and Bennet House

The line’s clean and sophisticated aesthetic mixes classic modern design with contemporary “in fashion” highlights. In the words of the designers, “The key was to work on every detail to add an extra dimension of authenticity to this dollhouse. We used American black walnut stain as a common thread, giving a contemporary feel to each room. We then added color as accents, but also as an attraction to children’s sensibilities.”Classic Contemporary Furniture for modern dollhouses showing miniature living room set, including mini TV, sofa, crib, chaise lounge, shelves

Classic Contemporary offers furnishings for seven rooms and is fashioned from high-quality woods and non-toxic, lead-free stains and paints.Modern Dollhouse kitchen and dining area Classic Contemporary Furniture - for Emerson and Bennett house

Visit brinca dāda for more information on Emerson House, Bennett House and the Classic Contemporary Furniture line.

Emerson House - modern eco-friendly dollhouse by brinca dāda, featuring  Classic Contemporary Furniture

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