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Jabber's WorldBy Jabber's World
First created
Jabber's WorldBy Jabber's World
First created
$40,484
pledged of $45,000pledged of $45,000 goal
210
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 7 2015 4:01 PM UTC +00:00

About

Jabber is the first smart toy designed to be hit, smashed, kicked, and tossed! Smart Sensors and a powerful speaker allow Jabber to react to you. Based on the recognition of these actions we have developed games that encourage kids to put down their screens and interact with each other.  

In addition to game-play we wanted to give Jabber a unique personality that kids will grow attached to.  In normal "interactive mode," Jabber isn't playing a game, but it will react to inputs with funny phrases and sounds. For example, you can unlock new sayings, set a high toss record, or even start a dance party:

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To create a lovable character, we iterated countless designs, voices, and expressions. We're confident that Jabber will win kids over - look out favorite Teddy Bear!

At its core, Jabber is designed for real life game-play.  We're not talking about an indoor toy meant to be passed around at arms length... Jabber was built to be tossed across the yard, kicked to a friend, or bounced off the wall!

The games we've chosen for Jabber reflect this design goal to be unrestricted in how you interact.  Through an iterative process of continuous user testing, we've whittled down over 50 game ideas into an all star set.  

Jabber features a single button under the foam. Simply hold this button down to exit interactive mode and/or change between games. 

Here are some of Jabber's games:

Ok, time for a little engineering... Inside Jabber there are three main components: the smart sensors that detect movements, the micro-processor that deciphers the movement and decides what to output, and the speaker that plays "Jabber sounds" as commanded.  Keeping everything safe and secure are three injection molded plastic parts that also house four AAA batteries for long lasting power.  

Jabber is on a roll and partnering with AblePlay—an initiative from the National Lekotek Center that utilizes toys and play to help children with special needs learn, develop skills and reach milestones. AblePlay is an online resource that provides research, ratings and reviews on toys and play products for children of all abilities to advance, and develop to their fullest potential. 

Jabber's unique social and physical user interface is especially well suited for kids of all abilities to develop social, sensory, and fine motor skills. Jabber and AblePlay have joined forces to develop a version of Jabber that will make play even more accessible and inclusive to kids of all abilities.

By donating to the Jabber/AblePlay partnership you’re helping put Jabber's into the hands of more children who can benefit. Roll on!

If you would like to back the project, but want an adapted Jabber please send us a message through the "Contact Me" button at the top of the page.

****We are giving Jabbers to Able Play at COST OF GOODS!

Jabber was born as a foam ball wrapped in duct tape and stuffed with electronics.  From the get-go, we employed the help of kids to test (and usually break) a myriad of prototypes.

We quickly realized that overly coded, and complicated games were not the answer. We were also made aware just how short a 7 year old’s attention span can be. We decided to focus on including games that were simple to understand, but allowed for open-ended interaction.

The kids also told us that the ball needed a face and a name! We developed countless shapes and color schemes on our way to creating the current look and feel of Jabber.

The kids we've tested with LOVE Jabber….but they shouldn't be the only ones who get to enjoy it! It’s time to bring Jabber to you, and what better way than Kickstarter?  

Support us today, and help bring Jabber to life!

SKWRL Design (Stuff Kids Will Really Love) is proud to call themselves the happy parents of Jabber. We are a San Francisco based start-up working on modern toys that engage both young AND adult kids. Our mission is to get kids outside and interacting with each other, not their screens.

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges

We have overcome the engineering and design challenges. The PCB and housing have been designed and tested. The coding works and the games are ready to go! Our biggest risk will be getting our manufacturer to make Jabber to our rigorous QC standards.

To ensure the manufacturing process goes as smoothly as possible we have done two things.

1) We partnered with a reputable manufacturing firm that manufactures kids toys for all the big name companies.

2) We have a locally based team member (Brenden's brother) that speaks the native language and helps check QC at the factory.

In anticipation of manufacturing delays we have allotted extra time for manufacturing. As product designers, we both have experience working with overseas manufacturers, and bringing products to market.

Please support us so that we can bring Jabber to life.

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    YOUR NAME - LASER ENGRAVED
    You get your name laser engraved in a wooden "Thank You Plaque" to be hung in our office AND posted on our Facebook page & website!

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    By donating $5 or more you are contributing to our partnership with Able Play! Help us support kids with special needs across the country. You're awesome, and we'll keep you posted on the impact you're making.

    ***We are donating Jabbers to Able Play at cost of goods!

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    T-SHIRT
    Get a limited edition SKWRL Tee (the parent company of Jabber). They're pretty snazzy, check them out at the bottom of the page. T-shirts are available in kid and adult sizes (We will ask for sizes after the campaign). Free Shipping to US and Canada (International orders $10).

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    ONE JABBER
    Get Jabber for an absolute steal. This deal won't last long!
    Thanks for being one of the first to support us.

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    ONE JABBER
    Jabber comes ready to rock, and loaded with all the games, funny sounds, and songs! Don't miss out.

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    SKWRL HOODIE
    Get a limited addition SKWRL Hoodie. Comes in kid and adult sizes.

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    TWO JABBERS
    Two Jabbers is better than one! Prevent sibling rivalry with this reward or give one to your child and a lucky friend.

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    SCHWAG PACK
    Comes with a T-shirt, 3 stickers, and a Jabber.
    T-shirts come in kid and adult sizes.

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    FOUR JABBERS
    Want to be the most popular parent in your neighborhood? Buy in bulk. Jabber makes for a great birthday present!

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    ONE JABBER--CUSTOM SOUNDS!
    Make any kid feel special with this reward. Add in custom songs, sounds, and names. After the campaign we will ask you to send us sound files that we will program into Jabber.

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    SURF DAY & FIVE JABBERS
    Jabber's team loves to surf. Treat five kids to a day of surf lessons with the SKWRL team in Santa Cruz, CA. Board rentals, wetsuits, 5 Jabbers, surf photos, and lots of fun are all included.

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