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Disney AppMates

Review excerpt: Disney AppMates ($20 for two) are matchbox-sized cars that transform the multi-touch screen into a slippery playspace, where roads and ramps scroll automatically. The base of each car is a pattern of three capacitive sensors that let the iPad “see” each car. Not only does it know the difference between Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater, but it can tell which direction they’re headed and scroll appropriately, with the correct sound effects. In addition, a block of white pixels is used to send light through a window in the bottom of the car, giving it the illusion that the lights are working. No batteries are required. Once you download the app, you can either drive around the scrolling streets of Radiator Springs or complete missions, such as delivering a lost tow hook to Mater while earning hubcaps. Effects include working headlights (you see the beams in front of your car, in real time) and a large mirror where you see a perfect digital reflection of your car. Subscribers, please log into our database using your password to read the full review along with our rating.

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