Touchscreen Surprises for Kids! An Interactive Picture Book Little Piyo’s Friend(English ver.)!

Phyzios, Inc. will release “Little Piyo’s Friend(English ver),” an iPhone/iPad application jointly developed with Gakken Education Publishing Co., Ltd., on November 4, 2011.
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Nov. 5, 2011 - PRLog -- ★☆ English version is just released!!  Special limited offer price US$4.99 -> US$2.99 ☆★

■【What is “Little Piyo’s Friend(English ver.)” for iPhone/iPad?】
“Little Piyo’s Friend(English ver.)” is an interactive picture book application that adapts the first book in Gakken’s million-seller “Little Piyo” picture book series for iPhone/iPad.  The book series has sold a total of 2 million books.

The mechanics of the picture book use physics simulation technology researched and developed at The University of Tokyo to convey a realistic world in a pop-up book for children and their parents. With many surprising touchscreen effects not available through normal animation or video, such as being able to touch Little Piyo, grass moving realistically when touched, and realistic water drop movement, the story enables parents and children to enjoy the content together.

The original “Little Piyo’s Friend” Bilingual version (English/Japanese) has been on AppStore already since Aug 11, 2011. It hit No.1 in education category in Japan, and moreover, it was once featured by Apple as the week's best apps in Japan.

■【Features of this App】
 ・    Adaptation of Gakken’s popular picture book series with physics simulation!
 ・    A new type of interactive picture book app that lets small children interact with the story intuitively!

■ 【Special website with promotional video】
 ・WEB           :
 ・FaceBook Page:
 ・   You Tube  :

■【Little Piyo's Friend (English ver.): US$4.99】
 English version is just released!! Special limited offer price US$4.99 -> US$2.99

■【Overview of “Little Piyo’s Friend(English ver.)”】
 Title:   “Little Piyo’s Friend(English ver.)”
 Data supplier:   Phyzios, Inc.
 Release date:   November 4, 2011
 Supported devices: iPhone (excluding 3G), iPod touch (third generation or later), iPad  
 Supported iOS: iOS 4.0 or later
 Available at: iTunes App Store
 Price: US $2.99 ($4.99)

■【Gakken’s Million-seller “Little Piyo” Picture Book Series】
The series has sold a total of 2 million books, as first books for ages 0 to 2, to picture books suitable for the lower elementary school grades. There are multiple lines of books to match a child’s growth, including touchable picture books and pop-up picture books in which kids can touch the fluffy and cute Little Piyo and other animals or see Little Piyo and friends pop up, as well as story-oriented picture books that illustrate adventures and interactions with Little Piyo’s friends and family.

■【Profile of the Author, Satoshi Iriyama】
Satoshi Iriyama was born in Tokyo. After time spent in character design and as a greeting card designer, he set out as a freelance designer. His representative works include the “Little Piyo” series (published by Gakken), Midori no Kuma to Akai Kuma (published by JIVE Ltd.), and direct-sales nursery picture books.

Phyzios Inc. Public Relations    Email:
Tel: +81-3-3830-4870 (Representatives: Hidaka and Shimokawa)

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Phyzios provides new types of entertainment, creation, and communication opportunities using the particle-based physics simulation technology developed originally by the University of Tokyo for industrial use.
Phyzios has released several iPhone/iPad applications, including “Aqua Forest” (ranked No.1 in both the US and Japan, jointly developed with Hudson Soft Co. Ltd.), “UKIYOE-Woodcut-” (ranked No.1 in Japan), “Marbling” (ranked No.2 in Japan), “PHYZIOS Studio” (ranked No.9 in Japan ), and “PHYZIOS Sculptor” (ranked No.1 in Italy and No.2 in Japan).
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