Today the Unofficial Apple Weblog points us to the upcoming launch of the Air Hockey app by Acceleroto, and we see opportunity for applications like this to incorporate physical objects as an integral part of digital experiences.

A couple of months ago, Russell Davies shared some thoughts on the potential for objects to interact with screens:

Although I don't know why, I think gogos are the best thing ever. I just keep trying to work out how to use them. Maybe now I know – they'd be the perfect counters for a board game that uses the iPad as the board. They'd look gorgeous sitting on there.

We have been tracking interaction designers like Tom Wujec who have been working to make objects interact intuitively with digital applications, as demonstrated in the Mixed Reality Interface for Living Homes video below. Using a physical avatar on an interactive screen, users are able to navigate their way through a virtual home:

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