It feels like it happens everyday, a child riding on the subway with his or her parent on the seat beside them, they begin the squirm or get cranky and mom or dad passes an iPad over to keep them entertained. Or you head over to your friends place for dinner and as they chop vegetables for an epic meal their kids are fully affixed to an iPad screen playing Angry Birds. While the idea of children using tablet devices on their own to keep out of a parent’s hair is one that is understandable it’s not the position that Kiddology wants to take.
The Toronto startup is aiming to change the way parents and kids use tablet devices. No longer ever alone but always together, Kiddology promotes parent and child co-play. The soon to be launched app provides a platform for stories, games, and adventures to be shared, played, and learned with together as a family unit. With advanced cues during play the application will make it a necessity for parents to enjoy tablet play with their children.
To further those initiatives Kiddology co-founder Jay Kapadia had another idea to help bring families together. With reading buddies playing a prominent role in his education he wanted to bring that experience back but in a more accessible way. Using video-sync technology Kiddology lets parents or trusted friends and family members securely connect with their children to share in the reading and learning experience. With every in-app book and game Kiddology focuses on educational content, it’s with those opportunities that each child can share a screen with a parent across the world, or a grandma in another state, or an uncle down the street to read together or learn a new skill together instead of mindlessly playing games that keeps families apart and don’t help in development.
At launch Kiddology will bring out four stories and one game on the their iPad platform, but in the mean time their looking for your help to bring their vision to the App Store. Currently live on Kickstarter the team is looking for a small funding round to bring the video-technology to market, and even more interestingly they are looking to build a platform that helps creative’s build their own educational books and games with revenue sharing to be published in their platform without ever needing to learn how to code.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be lucky enough to share the Kiddology story from how they put together their Kickstarter campaign, the process of gaining crowd-funding, and of course the results. If you would like to ask Kiddology something specific about crowd-funding, leave your questions below.