• 1/1/1970 - DreamPlay Toys Launches App Inspired by Disney’s The Little Mermaid Featuring Revolutionary New iDâ„¢ Recognition Technology That Brings Toys to Life in New Ways - Yahoo Singapore Finance

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DreamPlay Toys Launches App Inspired by Disney’s The Little Mermaid Featuring Revolutionary New iD™ Recognition Technology That Brings Toys to Life in New Ways - Yahoo Singapore Finance



MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

DreamPlay Toys, LLC, the joint venture between emerging technologycompany NantWorks, LLC, founded by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and leadingUS toy company, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK), announced today thelaunch of the "Ariel"s Musical Surprise" app, now available on theiTunes?(R) app store. The app, developed by DreamPlay Toys and published byDisney, utilizes NantWorks" patented iD recognition technology torecognize 2D images and 3D objects. The app enhances the at-home toyexperiences on select Little Mermaid toys and role-play itemsmanufactured by JAKKS Pacific now available at retailers nationwide, andalso offers game play on its own.

"At its core, this patented recognition technology is transforming theWorld Wide Web into the web enabled world, allowing individualsto browse the physical world around them and unlock new digitalexperiences," said Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, NantWorks" founder.

The patented 2D and 3D recognition technologies instantly recognize eachDreamPlay" app-enabled Little Mermaid toy without the need forany type of marker or QR code, and creates a magical experience forconsumers in the form of interactive games, content-rich experiences andanimation available on their smart phone or tablet device.

"The iD recognition empowers kids to unlock the physical world withdigital content related to their favorite toys," said Stephen Berman,Co-Founder and CEO, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. "This marks a seamlessconvergence of technology, storytelling and traditional toy playdelivered through a single experience; bringing magic to life."

In celebration of the release of The Little Mermaid DiamondEdition on Blu-ray" this fall, "Ariel"s Musical Surprise" is thefirst-ever DreamPlay app. When played with select Little Mermaid toysfrom JAKKS, Ariel"s beautiful underwater world and iconic music from thefilm comes to life, connecting kids to a favorite Disney character.Children can explore Ariel"s grotto, paint and decorate fish under thesea, and create and play music. 3D gameplay rendering allows for aunique and truly magical experience never before available.

The DreamPlay app-enabled Little Mermaid toys from JAKKS include:
Ariel Musical Light-Up Feature Dress - Girls can celebratetheir inner princess in this gorgeous Ariel-themed mermaid gown withmotion-activated lights and fun music. With the DreamPlay appexperience, little girls can learn to dance with fish and follow theirmoves as they guide them around the dance floor. Ages 3-5, SRP $34.99Musical Instrument Set - Budding musicians can strike up theirvery own crustacean band with this set that includes bongos, atambourine, a pair of maracas, a trumpet and a microphone. With theDreamPlay app experience, children can interact with Sebastian,mimicking his moves on the bongos while trying to follow along. Watchout because each round becomes more challenging! Ages 3-5, SRP $19.99Magical Mermaid Kitchen - Little girls can cook up afantastical feast with this incredible kitchen that saysmultiple phrases, makes fun kitchen sounds and includes lots ofkitchen accessories! And, with the DreamPlay app experience, littlecooks can learn to create cakes and treats and be rewarded with a"fireworks" display for a job well done. Ages 3-5, SRP $79.99Ariel Keyboard Vanity - Little princesses can treat themselvesto a royal makeover, or transform the vanity into a keyboard to createoriginal music. With the DreamPlay app experience, children can play amusical game led by magical seahorses. Ages 3-5, SRP $89.99
The DreamPlay app-enabled Little Mermaid toys from JAKKS are eachsold separately and available now at major retailers nationwide. The"Ariel"s Musical Surprise" app is free to download now on the iTunes appstore. Children can also experience fun gameplay through in-apppurchases, without the need to purchase additional products. For moreinformation, visit www.jakks.com/dreamplay.

About DreamPlay Toys, LLC

DreamPlay Toys, LLC is a joint venture between leading toy manufacturerJAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK) and technology innovator? NantWorksLLC, to develop, market and sell toys and related consumer productsincorporating NantWorks" proprietary iD" image recognition technology.This revolutionary? technology enables the consumer to create magic inthe real world, using a smart phone or tablet device to instantly linkphysical product to video content, animation and interactive game play.JAKKS Pacific plans to introduce a broad product line which will combinethis ground-breaking technology with exciting new content, leavingconsumers with a memorable and entertaining experience.

About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer oftoys and consumer products with a wide range of products that featurepopular brands and children's toy licenses. JAKKS" diverse portfolioincludes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play,Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits,Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys, Ride-OnVehicles, Wagons, Inflatable Environments and Tents, Impulse Toys andPet Products sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKSPacific?(R), Creative Designs International", Road Champs?(R), Funnoodle?(R),JAKKS Pets", Plug It In & Play TV Games", Kids Only!?(R), Tollytots?(R),Disguise?(R), Moose Mountain?(R) and Maui?(R). JAKKS is also the creator of theunderlying Monsuno?(R) property and toy line. JAKKS is an award-winninglicensee of several hundred nationally and internationally knowntrademarks including Nickelodeon?(R), Warner Bros.?(R), Ultimate FightingChampionship?(R), Hello Kitty?(R), Graco?(R) and Cabbage Patch Kids?(R). DreamPlayToys, LLC is a joint venture between JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and NantWorksLLC to develop, market and sell toys and related consumer productsincorporating NantWorks" proprietary iD image recognition technology. www.jakks.com

About NantWorks, LLC

On the front-lines of the cutting edge, NantWorks brings the impossibleto life.

Founded by renowned scientist and medical mind Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong,NantWorks LLC converges the powers of semiconductor technology,supercomputing, advanced networks, and proven innovation"all animated bythe limitless power of human ingenuity"to reimagine and redefine theworld around us. Applying collaborative sciences to fields as diverse ashealthcare, commerce, and digital entertainment, NantWorks seeks notjust to remodel how we interact with our environments"but torevolutionize how we all work, live, and play on a daily basis.

NantWorks is the umbrella organization for the following entities:NantHealth, NantMobile, NantMedia, NantOmics, NantBio, and NantCloud.Fact-based and solution driven, each of NantWork"s division entitiesoperates at the intersection of innovation and infrastructure.

The NantWorks recognition platform comprises state of the art andproprietary image, object, music and voice recognition technologies.

NantWorks iD Browser is now available for download in the AppleApp Store and the GooglePlay Store.


This press release may contain forward-looking statements (within themeaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) thatare based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKSPacific's business based partly on assumptions made by its management.These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involverisks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict.Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from whatis expressed or forecasted in such statements due to numerous factors,including, but not limited to, those described above, changes in demandfor JAKKS' products, product mix, the timing of customer orders anddeliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, anddifficulties with integrating acquired businesses. The forward-lookingstatements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they aremade, and JAKKS undertakes no obligation to update any of them toreflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.


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Contact:JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Anne-Marie Grill
310-455-6245
amgrill@jakks.net
or
NantWorks LLC
Jen Hodson
310-405-7539
jhodson@nantworks.com
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• 1/1/1970 - DreamPlay Toys Launches App Inspired by Disney’s The Little Mermaid Featuring Revolutionary New iDâ„¢ Recognition Technology That Brings Toys to Life in New Ways - Yahoo Singapore Finance

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DreamPlay Toys Launches App Inspired by Disney’s The Little Mermaid Featuring Revolutionary New iD™ Recognition Technology That Brings Toys to Life in New Ways - Yahoo Singapore Finance



MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

DreamPlay Toys, LLC, the joint venture between emerging technologycompany NantWorks, LLC, founded by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and leadingUS toy company, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK), announced today thelaunch of the "Ariel"s Musical Surprise" app, now available on theiTunes?(R) app store. The app, developed by DreamPlay Toys and published byDisney, utilizes NantWorks" patented iD recognition technology torecognize 2D images and 3D objects. The app enhances the at-home toyexperiences on select Little Mermaid toys and role-play itemsmanufactured by JAKKS Pacific now available at retailers nationwide, andalso offers game play on its own.

"At its core, this patented recognition technology is transforming theWorld Wide Web into the web enabled world, allowing individualsto browse the physical world around them and unlock new digitalexperiences," said Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, NantWorks" founder.

The patented 2D and 3D recognition technologies instantly recognize eachDreamPlay" app-enabled Little Mermaid toy without the need forany type of marker or QR code, and creates a magical experience forconsumers in the form of interactive games, content-rich experiences andanimation available on their smart phone or tablet device.

"The iD recognition empowers kids to unlock the physical world withdigital content related to their favorite toys," said Stephen Berman,Co-Founder and CEO, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. "This marks a seamlessconvergence of technology, storytelling and traditional toy playdelivered through a single experience; bringing magic to life."

In celebration of the release of The Little Mermaid DiamondEdition on Blu-ray" this fall, "Ariel"s Musical Surprise" is thefirst-ever DreamPlay app. When played with select Little Mermaid toysfrom JAKKS, Ariel"s beautiful underwater world and iconic music from thefilm comes to life, connecting kids to a favorite Disney character.Children can explore Ariel"s grotto, paint and decorate fish under thesea, and create and play music. 3D gameplay rendering allows for aunique and truly magical experience never before available.

The DreamPlay app-enabled Little Mermaid toys from JAKKS include:
Ariel Musical Light-Up Feature Dress - Girls can celebratetheir inner princess in this gorgeous Ariel-themed mermaid gown withmotion-activated lights and fun music. With the DreamPlay appexperience, little girls can learn to dance with fish and follow theirmoves as they guide them around the dance floor. Ages 3-5, SRP $34.99Musical Instrument Set - Budding musicians can strike up theirvery own crustacean band with this set that includes bongos, atambourine, a pair of maracas, a trumpet and a microphone. With theDreamPlay app experience, children can interact with Sebastian,mimicking his moves on the bongos while trying to follow along. Watchout because each round becomes more challenging! Ages 3-5, SRP $19.99Magical Mermaid Kitchen - Little girls can cook up afantastical feast with this incredible kitchen that saysmultiple phrases, makes fun kitchen sounds and includes lots ofkitchen accessories! And, with the DreamPlay app experience, littlecooks can learn to create cakes and treats and be rewarded with a"fireworks" display for a job well done. Ages 3-5, SRP $79.99Ariel Keyboard Vanity - Little princesses can treat themselvesto a royal makeover, or transform the vanity into a keyboard to createoriginal music. With the DreamPlay app experience, children can play amusical game led by magical seahorses. Ages 3-5, SRP $89.99
The DreamPlay app-enabled Little Mermaid toys from JAKKS are eachsold separately and available now at major retailers nationwide. The"Ariel"s Musical Surprise" app is free to download now on the iTunes appstore. Children can also experience fun gameplay through in-apppurchases, without the need to purchase additional products. For moreinformation, visit www.jakks.com/dreamplay.

About DreamPlay Toys, LLC

DreamPlay Toys, LLC is a joint venture between leading toy manufacturerJAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK) and technology innovator? NantWorksLLC, to develop, market and sell toys and related consumer productsincorporating NantWorks" proprietary iD" image recognition technology.This revolutionary? technology enables the consumer to create magic inthe real world, using a smart phone or tablet device to instantly linkphysical product to video content, animation and interactive game play.JAKKS Pacific plans to introduce a broad product line which will combinethis ground-breaking technology with exciting new content, leavingconsumers with a memorable and entertaining experience.

About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer oftoys and consumer products with a wide range of products that featurepopular brands and children's toy licenses. JAKKS" diverse portfolioincludes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play,Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits,Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys, Ride-OnVehicles, Wagons, Inflatable Environments and Tents, Impulse Toys andPet Products sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKSPacific?(R), Creative Designs International", Road Champs?(R), Funnoodle?(R),JAKKS Pets", Plug It In & Play TV Games", Kids Only!?(R), Tollytots?(R),Disguise?(R), Moose Mountain?(R) and Maui?(R). JAKKS is also the creator of theunderlying Monsuno?(R) property and toy line. JAKKS is an award-winninglicensee of several hundred nationally and internationally knowntrademarks including Nickelodeon?(R), Warner Bros.?(R), Ultimate FightingChampionship?(R), Hello Kitty?(R), Graco?(R) and Cabbage Patch Kids?(R). DreamPlayToys, LLC is a joint venture between JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and NantWorksLLC to develop, market and sell toys and related consumer productsincorporating NantWorks" proprietary iD image recognition technology. www.jakks.com

About NantWorks, LLC

On the front-lines of the cutting edge, NantWorks brings the impossibleto life.

Founded by renowned scientist and medical mind Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong,NantWorks LLC converges the powers of semiconductor technology,supercomputing, advanced networks, and proven innovation"all animated bythe limitless power of human ingenuity"to reimagine and redefine theworld around us. Applying collaborative sciences to fields as diverse ashealthcare, commerce, and digital entertainment, NantWorks seeks notjust to remodel how we interact with our environments"but torevolutionize how we all work, live, and play on a daily basis.

NantWorks is the umbrella organization for the following entities:NantHealth, NantMobile, NantMedia, NantOmics, NantBio, and NantCloud.Fact-based and solution driven, each of NantWork"s division entitiesoperates at the intersection of innovation and infrastructure.

The NantWorks recognition platform comprises state of the art andproprietary image, object, music and voice recognition technologies.

NantWorks iD Browser is now available for download in the AppleApp Store and the GooglePlay Store.


This press release may contain forward-looking statements (within themeaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) thatare based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKSPacific's business based partly on assumptions made by its management.These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involverisks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict.Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from whatis expressed or forecasted in such statements due to numerous factors,including, but not limited to, those described above, changes in demandfor JAKKS' products, product mix, the timing of customer orders anddeliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, anddifficulties with integrating acquired businesses. The forward-lookingstatements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they aremade, and JAKKS undertakes no obligation to update any of them toreflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.


Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20131014005316/en/

MULTIMEDIA AVAILABLE:http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50727847&lang=en
Contact:JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Anne-Marie Grill
310-455-6245
amgrill@jakks.net
or
NantWorks LLC
Jen Hodson
310-405-7539
jhodson@nantworks.com
http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/dreamplay-toys-launches-app-inspired-103000468.html

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• 1/1/1970 - Historic Steam Pump Ranch tours offered to public - Tucson Historic Destinations | Examiner.com

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History can come alive through refurbishing of old buildings and homesteads.One such ranch that is in process of repair is Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley.

Established in 1874 by German immigrant George Pusch and his partner, Johann Zellweger, the ranch, according to the web site, became a "way-station in the mercantile structure of the southern Arizona cattle industry and in the transportation corridor to Oracle and points north."

Pusch"s name sounds familiar to local Tucsonans because the Pusch Ridge area in the Santa Catalinas is named in honor of the family.

The ranch got its moniker because the two entrepreneurs actually used a steam pump to pull water from the aquifer making the ranch viable.

George and his wife, Matilda, whom he married in 1881, were important citizens of Tucson.They had a butcher shop and an ice plant.George was also active in politics and was active in the Territorial Legislature.He attended a Constitutional Convention in 1910.

According to an anecdote in Archaeology in Tucson, Attorney Henry Zipf, George Pusch's grandson, relates that mountedApachescircledhisgrandfather'swagonattheAntelope Plains, northwest of Oracle Junction, as the family traveled from the Steam Pump to their ranch on the San Pedro.Sometimes the children would travel with their parents on this trip. Two of the youngest girls had long blonde hair and the Apaches found great pleasure in running their fingers
through it. The Pusches would tell the girls, "Don't get upset.Don't let it bother you." Pusch never carried a gun.

The refurbished ranch house was built circa 1874 in the early territorial architectural style.It is made of adobe and was in sad disrepair.Thanks to the efforts of the historic preservationists in Oro Valley and along with an assist from Pima County, the place is shaping up.

The house that exists today looks very different from the home that George and his family would have inhabited.That original home was a small adobe home with a flat roof, three or four rooms and packed dirt floors.The house was enlarged and added to over the years as the family grew.

A "window of truth" shields the original adobe which looks like unimpressive sandy dirt.

Surprises were found in the home during the remodel.Upon entering the home, one enters what once was the kitchen but to the modern eye, it looks like a bedroom.To the left is a door.That door was unknown until the kitchen cabinetry that was covering it was pulled down to reveal the door.

Photos throughout the home tell more of the family"s history.The fireplace is original as are the ponderosa pine floors.

In addition to viewing the ranch house, the Oro Valley farmer"s market is in full swing right now.Definitely on par with the St. Philip"s Plaza market as far as offerings go, it"s worth the effort to drive a little way out of Tucson to visit this historic site.

You"ll want to view the website for details on tour dates and times.There was no fee.

The ranch is located at is 10901 N Oracle Road, Oro Valley.Be sure to check out the farmers market as well.


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