It’s sometimes easy to forget that the iPad can be so much more than a fancy way to browse websites, answer emails, and make video calls – not that all those things aren’t super cool. Disney is one company that is thinking outside the box, every bit of business gobbledegook that you can think of.

Disney’s latest line of toys, which go by the love-it-or-hate-it name of Appmates, take the magic of the Cars 2 universe and brings it to the iPad. Games have been on the iPad since day one, but what they haven’t had until now is little toys that interact with them…

Initially comprising miniature toys depicting four of the Cars 2 characters, the toys interact with the iPad’s surface without the need to use Bluetooth, or any kind of mind-boggling Wi-Fi magic.

The iPad, equipped with the free companion app, knows which toy has been placed down and the universe reacts accordingly. The video below shows the comercial for these toys, and we have to admit, if we’d been twenty years younger we’d be all over this stuff.

Hell, we still might!

“The game is supposed to react precisely to a player’s movements, and during Decrem’s short demonstration it did, for the most part. For example, as he approached a mirror in the game, he was able to see the reflection of the car he was holding.”

The toys go on sale October 1st and will retail for $20 each at both the Apple and Disney Stores.

[9to5Mac]

  • Alex

    That looks pretty cool, actually!

  • Gus Me

    Yea, I shouldn’t show this to my kid or niece… lol

    BTW, the YouTube link needs fixing, you’re missing the /tube 😉

  • kadz

    haha they should make this for playbook .. lmao id get rich from sellin screens

  • Jeff

    Do they work with the iPad 1 or just the iPad 2?

    • Kirby

      Both. I’m assuming the toys have a way of using the electrons in your hand, like those gloves you see at wal-mart that let you use your iPod while wearing them.
      What further proves my assumption is that the boy in the commercial doesn’t let go of the toys once.

    • Kirby

      Both. I’m assuming the toys have a way of using the electrons in your hand, like those gloves you see at wal-mart that let you use your iPod while wearing them.

      What further proves my assumption is that the boy in the commercial doesn’t let go of the toys once.

  • svnelvn

    I think it just uses the coordination of the four wheels to determine what car you are holding, wheels act like the pens that work on capacitive touch screens. nothing fancy electrons from your hand like the guy before me is saying

  • Super cool!!!

    My son sure want one. Can imagine the glow in his eyes and wide grin!!!