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My daughter has taken an interest lately in using my iPhone to play with learning apps or watch cartoons on. I’m glad that she embraces technology and learns so quickly because technology is such a huge part of our lives. Of course I limit her time on it; all things in moderation. But I am glad to see that she is starting to take an interest in learning in different ways.
Cypher Kids Club creates iPhone apps that use augmented reality and work with physical flashcards to create an interactive scene for your child to enjoy. The flashcards are for ages 3 and up, cost $29.99, and are available at Target stores. There are 3 different kinds available: Numbers, Letters, and Wild Animal Adventures. We chose the Wild Animal Adventures. You can view my shopping trip on my Google + album here.
Once we got the cards home, the first thing I did was download the corresponding app from the iTunes app store. There are several ways to download the app, including visiting the iTunes website, searching for it from your phone’s app store, or scanning the QR code on the flashcard box. The app is a free download and only works with the Cypher Kids Club cards.
I opened the package and my daughter instantly became interested in what I was doing. I grabbed the first card, a monkey, and set it down on my table. I then went to the corresponding card on my phone and placed my phone in front of the card. A jungle scene popped up on top of the card and we got to listen and learn all about the monkeys habitat, hear the sounds that monkeys make, and learn a lot more about the characteristics of the animal. At the end, we were encouraged to touch the animal and watch it jump. This was a very cool experience for my daughter!
Here is a short video I took of her reaction and to show you how the cards work. It’s easier to see how they work to better understand what augmented reality really is. It’s some of the coolest technology I’ve ever experienced.
For more information about the Cypher Kids Club, check them out on Facebook or Twitter.