Toy-shaped games controllers connect virtual characters

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Devices such as the Nintendo Wii and Leap Motion's gesture control for notebooks have demonstrated that there is a whole world beyond the standard controllers for games consoles and computers. Aiming to engage young gamers with the world of physical objects, ZowPow is a new startup that uses plush toys to control corresponding virtual characters in a range of kids games. For its first release — the iOS-based Tiny Plane — players need to guide an airplane through a constantly-scrolling maze of missiles and power-ups by moving the plane up and down. Rather than a standard controller, the game comes…

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