Osmo, a startup that connects physical games with an iPad experience, has raised a $12 million Series A led by Accel Partners with participation of Upfront Ventures and K9 Ventures. Accel Partners’ Rich Wong will join Osmo’s board of directors.
Founded in 2013 by former Googlers Pramod Sharma and Jérôme Scholler, Osmo has received over $2 million in pre-orders including those from over 2000 schools.
Osmo aims to get children back into playing with physical toys while extending the experience through interacting with an iPad app that delivers the background for the different games. Using its proprietary Reflective Artificial Intelligence technology, Osmo expands the playing field and engages creative thinking and social interaction, allowing any object to interact with the digital device.
“Osmo is a natural fit for parents and teachers because it adds a small but powerful layer of technology on top of a platform (the iPad) that children already know and love.”
states Rich Wong in the press release.
Accel Partner has been a leading investor in education technology startups such as Lynda.com, Educreations and Wyzant.