As a father of twin eight-year old boys I have been increasingly frustrated with the limited amount of quality entertainment available for kids.
When it comes to plants, nature, and healthy lifestyles there are few, if any, fun, yet meaningful options available for parents and grandparents to get children excited about plants or growing their own vegetables.
With screen time for children at an all time high, the disconnect from the "real" world outdoors has never been greater. By embracing technology in a fun and educational way, Powerful Plants "edutains" children and encourages a healthy lifestyle.
Best of all, the endearing characters in our interactive book and (hopefully soon) on all thirty-six of our different organic vegetable seed packs come to life to share fun facts, planting tips, and preparation ideas.
When viewed with a tablet or smartphone using our free app, the Powerful Plants characters actually move and talk right on the seed packs and on the pages of the book! This cutting edge technology is called "augmented reality".
Powerful plants characters offer parents and grandparents a bridge between fun and engaging technology and valuable information and the world outdoors. It's an appealing way to get children excited about plants, protecting our planet, and growing their own healthy food.
The awareness about healthier food and lifestyles for kids is reaching a high point. In order to leverage this opportunity and expose as many children as possible to the Powerful Plants concept, we need additional funding so we can complete the all important educational elements for our end customers - 4 to 11 year old children.
We will use the funds we raise on Kickstarter to expediently complete all the character animations for our vegetable seed line. Right now we have eight of our thirty six finished. Completing each character's scripting, voice over, lip sync, and animation, and then integrating all that work with the augmented reality technology that enables the characters to come to life is quite expensive. It is incredibly important however, as these characters share all the growing and educational facts about each vegetable in a fun and engaging way for kids.
If we raise additional funding over and above the $10,000 we need for the remaining seed pack animations, then we will use this additional money to begin incorporating interactive questions, contests, and even more learning with each character.
Click on the Country Gentleman seed pack below to take a look at a sample compilation video assembled from three of our vegetable seed character animations we have recently completed. We think you will agree the investment in the educational and inspirational value for the next generation is worth every penny...
We are offering some great thank you items for helping us reach our goal of creating more awareness for children and parents about the importance of eating healthy foods, re-connecting with the outdoors, and protecting our planet. Please take a look - these make amazing gifts for any 4 - 11 year old children you might know.
Help us bring to life twenty-eight more characters so we can get Powerful Plants seed packs that come to life into the hands of as many children as possible. Once we have the educational videos completed for all our characters, we believe we will have a truly compelling educational brand that both kids and parents will really enjoy and feel good about.
Oh, and one last thing - once we launch our company, Powerful Plants will be donating 10% of all profits to helping resolve environmental problems around the world, using plants as the solution.
Here's a short video featuring two youngsters that have been positively influenced by growing their own food...
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Al Benner - Founder
(It's actually a "blender" boys, and Coleman, get your fingers out of that honey jar would ya ! :)
Here are two more examples of our technology - the first shows a character in our book - "Weeping Willow", the second is of one of our completed characters for our organic vegetable seeds - "Snow White".
Risks and challenges
We are marrying together several technologies to produce a truly unique educational and fun experience for kids. From characters that come to life on our seed packs or in our books, to interactive questions in our books, and exciting contests on our website, we have invested an incredible amount of time in developing our brand.
From professional voice overs, to highly artistic character design, engaging copy writing and quality animation, the scope of interacting elements is vast. Marry all this with state of the art technology called "augmented reality" that allows children to bring our characters to life with a tablet or smart phone using our free app, and what is created is an incredibly complex technology package.
Pair this technology with the end goal of using it to educate and excite children about how to grow their own food and learn more about the world outdoors, and there are an awful lot of moving pieces.
On top of all this, the founding partners of Powerful Plants are also incredibly detail oriented. Because we are hard on ourselves and are perfectionists, we simply make our own jobs harder!
To boil it all down all we are asking for is a little patience if something doesn't work exactly as expected on the first try - we are still in development mode until early spring of 2015...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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