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article imageOp-Ed: New app lets you put your smartphone into bowling ball

By Abigail Prendergast     May 9, 2012 in Technology
Physical Apps has introduced a new app which allows you to embed your iPhone or Android into a foam ball and use it to physically play games like hot potato and bowling. The app, entitled TheO, made its debut at the 2012 New York Toy Fair last Sunday.
Your new smartphone is probably the last thing you would want to toss around; after spending a good chunk of change on a fragile gadget, it would seem impossible to just put in the floor and hurl about. Well, the company Physical Apps has changed all that with their new app package, TheO.
According to PC World, TheO, which made its debut at New York's 2012 Toy Fair, utilizes a foam ball that is the size of a bowling ball with a compartment in which you can embed your smartphone. With it, you can use your iPhone or Android to play games like bowling or hot potato with a better sense of realism.
Taking advantage of the phone's accelerometers, the aforementioned games are played as the device senses when the ball is thrown or chucked from one person to another. While playing these games the phone remains secure within the foam ball.
As PopSci reports, the "virtual bowling alley" the app creates allows the smartphone in question to sense virtual pins and determine which ones will be knocked over as the ball is thrown.
However, you can forget being able to use it if you have a larger Android phone reports MobileMag, as they will not fit within the ball.
It seems that not everybody is exactly thrilled with such an application, but its creators appear to be confident that your smartphone will not be in harm's way. Whatever the case may be, it is still an interesting concept and an inexpensive one at that as the ball itself will only set you back $25.00, with an additional $1.99 for basic apps $4.99 for full-fledged ones.
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