Edinburgh University In Deal for Autism Games

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[prMac.com] Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Announcing FindMe, a games app created by Tigerface Games, an award-winning education games company based at the University of Edinburgh, is proving to be a runaway success in helping young children with autism practice simple social skills.

Now, the university's commercialisation arm, ERI - Edinburgh Research and Innovation, has awarded further licenses to the games developer to create a suite of three games to expand the range of apps that aim to improve the social skills of autistic pre-schoolers.

To date, FindMe has attracted over 85,000 downloads. Seeking to expand beyond collaborative learning games, Tigerface is using these licenses to realise their vision of making social skills easier to learn and practise with tablet based applications.

FindMe is the brainchild of Dr. Sue Fletcher-Watson, a Chancellor's Fellow within the Institute of Education, Community and Society at the University of Edinburgh. She led a team who developed the research-based apps for young children with autism in a Nuffield Foundation Project.

Sue Fletcher-Watson comments:
"Research tells us that early intervention is key to helping children with autism develop good social and communication skills. We also know that a lot of autistic children have a preference for using computers. The iPad apps we've developed with Tigerface Games represent a unique coming-together of these two findings in a way which we hope will be of benefit to the community. I'm thrilled that there has been such demand for the FindMe app as it is so important to me to maintain the relevance of my research to the real world."

For its part, ERI - Edinburgh Research and Innovation extends its association with Tigerface Games following the success of the FindMe app. This helps Tigerface further enhance its product pipeline for early stage developmental mobile applications.

Ian Murphy, Head of Strategic Marketing - ERI, commented:
"This is a great example of credible knowledge exchange across three areas of the University of Edinburgh to bring about a cutting-edge approach to interactive learning for very young children with autism. We're delighted to help Tigerface Games bring these new products to the market and assist them in enhancing their education apps portfolio."

Kate Ho, managing director of Tigerface Games commented:
"These licenses will enable us to fulfil a rapidly growing demand for games designed to help children with autism. We believe that games designed from the rigours of academic research will provide parents with games that they can trust."

About Edinburgh Research and Innovation:
Edinburgh Research and Innovation (ERI) is a UK leader in commercialising research and entrepreneurship. As the University of Edinburgh's commercialisation (technology transfer) office, ERI seek to promote the University's world-class research and commercialisation expertise to potential funders, collaborators, licensees or investors. A recent economic impact report revealed that this activity contributes over 164 million annually to the UK economy and supporting nearly 3,000 jobs. To find out more information about ERI, please visit website or follow ERI on Twitter @EdinLicensing

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* This app is optimized for iPhone 5
* 2.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
FindMe(Autism) 1.0.2 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.

Tigerface Games specialises in tablet-based games that support collaborative learning and foster problem solving skills for home and the classroom. Our games use the multitouch interface to enable 2 children to talk and work together to solve a puzzle using the same device. We develop for iOS, Android and SMART Table platforms. Our learning games are influenced by games and education in equal measure. Tigerface Games is based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Copyright (C) 2013 Tigerface Games. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac 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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