North Vancouver, Canada – Nanu Interactive today is pleased to announce Paint My Cat 1.3 for iOS, an update to its revolutionary app that lets kids go from coloring book to interactive 3D simulation of a living cat with a touch of their magic wand. Artists use the app’s 80 colors and 3 brush types to color in drawings of their feline and its headwear and eyewear, zap them into 3D reality, and outfit their cat. All 17 drawings can be downloaded and printed, allowing kids to use their own markers, crayons, and pencils, snap a photo of the finished drawing, and bring it to life inside the app.

Feature Highlights:
* 80 colors to choose from
* 3 brush sizes
* Beautiful illustrations and artwork
* Realistic 3D physics and animation
* Stunning visual effects as your pictures come to life
* Customize your cat’s appearance with hats and accessories
* Personalize the game with your own colors and ideas
* Pick up and interact with objects in the virtual rooms
* Interact with your cat – you can poke or tickle him and see his reaction
* Develops hand eye co-ordination
* Excellent for fine motor skill development
* Gameplay is simple and kid-friendly
* Animations guide non-readers through the game
* Kid and mom tested
* Completely ad-free
* Cat makes fun sounds
* Progress is saved when you leave the app
* Erase button for when you want to start over
* Fun coloring activity for all ages
* Unique computer vision allows anyone to transfer their drawings from the real world to the iPad

Selected New & Noteworthy by Apple and a top seller around the world, Paint My Cat brings the computationally intensive, algorithmically complex world of interactive 3D animation to iOS. Kids start with a large coloring book drawing of a cat for them to color in. The app includes thick, medium, and thin brush sizes and a choice of 80 different colors, allowing young animators to make their drawing as simple or elaborate as they like. When they finish, touching the magic wand produces an astounding surprise.

There’s a puff of smoke and modest pyrotechnics, and when the smoke clears their drawing steps out of the page, completes a tight circle, and sits contentedly. Their drawing has been transformed into a 3D animated character. Every stroke, color, and design detail of the original drawing is now realized in the furry coat of a living cat.

Opening the Playroom, their cat appears on the floor. Tap him and he reacts; touch him and he rolls onto his back. Kids can drag him to any location in the Playroom, toss him a ball of wool, and watch him play. Artists have four different drawings to complete and bring into their cat’s 3D world: the walls and floor of the playroom, a rubber ball, a cat’s bed, and the door that opens to the outside.

In the Closet is a full-length mirror, and their cat poses in front of it admiring himself. There are six different drawings to complete in this location: headphones, sunglasses, hair bow, top hat, cowboy hat, and goggles. As kids transform each drawing into a 3D, color-mapped object that can be rotated in space, they can let their cat see how he looks in the mirror wearing various combinations of headwear and eyewear. The real-time moving reflection in the mirror is an especially impressive trick.

The final location is the Lab, where a row of test tubes stand on a table with a whiteboard in the background. Their cat can move around the lab trying to satisfy his curiosity about all the equipment in the room. There are six more drawings to color in, including: model rocket, whiteboard, globe, bookshelf, trophy, and flower. Once in the lab, they can be rearranged to create the most pleasing effect. If any skeptics remain, kids can mix chemicals and cause an explosion, which graphically demonstrates that rendered objects are so real they are subject to the laws of Newtonian mechanics.

Paint My Cat also lets young artists work on each of the 17 drawings in the app with traditional tools, like crayons, markers, and pencils. With the drawings downloaded and printed (they are identical to those in the app), kids can color them in as accurately and elaborately as they like (with greater precision than that afforded by a fingertip). Snapping a picture of the finished drawing imports the picture, which is tiled onto the 3D model.

The app has so many positive effects on cognitive development, it has been embraced by special needs experts. According to Penina Rybak of Socially Speaking, “As an SLP (Speech Language Pathologist), who specializes in treating young children with autism and special needs, not to mention difficulty with visuospatial processing and TOT (time on task), this is the first drawing app I have seen that can be developmentally integrated into a visual presentation hierarchy, when educating children with an IEP (Individualized Education Program).” She adds, “I love that this app fosters specific play skills beginning with basic cause & effect, has repeated opportunities for requesting, turn taking, and choice making built into the user interface, and that the app is very decently priced. It is even available in the Mac App Store for educators and parents using Mac computers!”

“Get the whole family involved and have fun painting different toys and accessories for your cats to interact with,” urged Alex Ferrier of Nanu Interactive. “This app is fun for all ages. Show off your creativity!”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 4/4S/5, iPod touch (4th/5th generation), iPad 4/5, and iPad mini
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 49.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Paint My Cat 1.3 for iOS is $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Paint My Cat 1.3 for OS X is $2.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Education category. Review copies are available on request. Also available for Android.

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Based in Vancouver, Canada, Nanu Interactive was founded by Alex Ferrier in 2012. Nanu Interactive develops apps that add sharing and magic to family activities. We want to enrich the things parents and grandparents loved as a child by making them magical. We want to make apps that families share, not just “babysitter apps.” Copyright (C) 2012-2013 Nanu Interactive. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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