Crayola Light Marker for iPad Lets Kids Draw in Air, Scratch-Free

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LAS VEGAS -- Kids want to play with iPads just as much as we do, but handing over a stylus for them to draw and paint could be a dangerous gateway for pounding and scratching the surface.

Griffin launched at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Sunday the Crayola Light Marker for the iPad, which allows young users to draw just by moving their hands in the air.

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The battery-operated Crayola stylus ($29.99), which looks like a white Crayola crayon, senses hand movement when waved and displays the pattern as artwork on the the iPad. The free Light Marker app -- featuring an assortment of coloring pages, puzzles, paint splatter and drawing tools -- is needed for it to work.

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"The front-facing camera on the iPad detects movements made with the stylus, so users can stand back and just wave it in their hand," a Griffin spokesperson told Mashable. "It doesn't have to touch the iPad to create drawings that appear on the screen."

Although the Light Market will debut in the spring for iPad users, the company said rolling it out for other mobile platforms is likely for the future.

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