A great way for traveling parents to keep in touch with kids
If you're anything like me you get huge amounts of e-mail everyday, but e-mail is rather impersonal, especially for a child. You probably also get a lot of voicemail which is a bit more personal but lacks much in the way of visual stimulation. A company called Toymail has unveiled an interesting product that allows you to send messages to toys that will talk back to you.
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"Toymail is like voicemail or email but way more fun because your messages are sent to toys to speak back," says Nanda. "First our team created the Mailmen™, the toys that deliver your Toymail. Then we developed an app where you connect to kids you know, record them a message, and send it right from your phone to their toys."
The toys are Wi-Fi enabled and are known as Mailmen. The toys connect to your Wi-Fi network and receive messages from anywhere in the world. Users can reply to receive mail directly from the toys and the app running on a Toymail smart device touches smartphone or tablet. The application allows the toys to handle two-way conversation. These devices are aimed at kids, but I can see adults being interested as well. The products are in preproduction right now and are expected to retail for $55. The company plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign in early November.
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"We got this idea that if you took a traditional talking toy and paired it with an app, it would never have to say the same thing twice," says Hill. "You, your kids, your family, your friends create what the Mailmen say. So each of them behaves differently throughout the day and from day to day. Each of the Mailmen is its own character, a composite of all of the important people in a kid's life."