On the Drawing Board: Color Studio HD + iMarker from Griffin and Crayola

Kids’ art is cute, but sometimes you just might get a bit tired of picking up uncapped pentel pens and stumbling on stubbed out crayons. Take your kids to the next level of fun with Griffin’s Crayola ColorStudio HD app, an interactive ‘coloring book’ on the iPad which you can take with you anywhere you go – and a lot less messy, too.

Together with the interactive and animated coloring book sounds is a custom-built digital stylus, aptly named iMarker. By animated, kids will enjoy a moving, musical lively coloring book where images come to life at the swipe of a stylus. Of course, the element of touch input is still there, and the app can distinguish between the iMarker and a child’s finger, letting him or her freely play and explore with drawing, shading and free play.

The ColorStudio HD app comes with a large library complete with a variety of themed environments and playtime activities such as Musical Dot 2 Dot and Color by numbers, which promise to be educational and entertaining at the same time. In addition, you can even design an unlimited number of animated coloring book pages which kids can color in or print from the iPad for actual use with Crayola crayons and markers. These mini works of art can be shared via printing, email, or Facebook.

Expected to arrive Spring 2011, the Crayola ColorStudio HD will sell for $29.99, which includes the iMarker digital stylus (AA batteries included) and the app will be free to download on the App Store.

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