About this project
Imagine projecting your child's favorite bedtime story onto the ceiling or wall while they are snuggling in bed with you.
Moonlite makes bedtime stories come to life, with full HD story images and in-app sound effects to make the reading experience immersive and magical for children.
A magical bedtime story and reading experience
Bedtime stories have always been a special bonding moment between parent and child. Moonlite enhances that experience and makes children excited for bedtime, while promoting early literacy.
It's simple: It's super fun gadget and children love it. With cute projections, sound effects, read-a-long features and more, Moonlite makes reading bedtime stories an event that both children and parents look forward to.
Celebrities LOVE Moonlite!See what Tori had to say:
Feed and fuel children's imaginations and bring back the love of reading through a creative, immersive storytelling experience
Who better to quote than Einstein himself? Reading stories to our children fuels their imaginations and activates the creative side of their brains. They begin to visualize the words we are reading to them, which helps develop their creative intelligence.
Not much has changed since the days of first storybook. There has been a shift to digital in the recent years, with more tablet based story books for children. But these digital books can sometimes leave very little to our children's imagination and can be overstimulating for bedtime reading.
Moonlite was designed to bridge the gap between traditional and digital books and foster a magical, immersive storytelling experience that fuels your child's imagination.
Moonlite has a lot of fun and magical features built into it to make the user experience amazing for both children & parents:
1) Simple to use:
Moonlite was designed to to be simple to use. In 4 quick steps, you can be projector reading with your child.
2) Full-color HD projections:
3) Built-in sound effects to make the stories even more magical & immersive:
4) Page detection software (in beta):
5) Super cute stories & illustrations:
All of our titles are illustrated with bright, fun colors and were designed to put a smile on your face! Check out our list of awesome titles below.
The story reels:
The device with a story reel inserted:
The Moonlite app:
Moonlite app key features:
- Platform Support: iOS & Android
- Sound Effects: Unique sound sets per story to make the stories a true audio/visual experience
- Page Detection Software: The Moonlite reels are encoded so that when you turn the reel, the app can turn to the corresponding page - making it a seamless reading experience
- Personal Bookshelf: Your personal bookshelf contains all of the stories you've purchased
- Book Search: Functionality included to search for your favorite titles
- Turn Page Experience: Pages turn like a real book
- Limiting Blue Light: The Moonlite app was designed to limit blue light emissions, where it can, and displays words with a dark, dim background.
- Coming Soon: Read-a-long (tap words to read along)
Reviving old classics, the ones we grew up on:
Moonlite has already revived and remade some old classics and we will continue to do so with the help of the Kickstarter community. Take a look at our amazing titles below!
Fairy Tale Stories:
- Little Red Riding Hood | A Moonlite Original Recreation
- Jack and the Beanstalk | A Moonlite Original Recreation
- The Ugly Duckling | A Moonlite Original Recreation
- What Will We Do Tomorrow? | A Moonlite Original, by Stephanie Rebot
- It's Time To Go To Sleep My Love | A Moonlite Original
- Alphabet Fun! | A Moonlite Original
- Opposites | A Moonlite Original
Custom Name Story:
- Let's Go to the Zoo | A Moonlite Original
Only 1 in 3 parents read to their kids every night. 50% of parents say their kids would rather watch TV or play video games over reading a book. Moonlite makes bedtime reading so much fun that both children and parents look forward to it!
Since Moonlite is designed to be primarily parent led, it also fosters bonding time between you and your little ones. When you see the look in their eye as they get to see these images projected, you will wonder why this wasn't around a long time ago!
Tami Zuckerman | Founder, VarageSale | Teacher, Early Literacy | Mom
Angeline Pompei, Aerospace Engineer & Entrepreneur - Mom of 2
Chris Houston | Founder, SurfEasy (acq. by Opera) | Dad to 4 Yr. Old
Moonlite came about in the most organic of ways, through a bedtime ritual with my 3 year old daughter, Chloe. Chloe loved to do shadow play at night before she went to bed. We would create entire stories using our hands and the flashlight from my mobile phone. We would make up various stories and scenes: A puppy would come by, then a bird, a bunny and more.
I could see how much she loved doing this and the look in her eye as she was gazing at these shadows was incredible to witness, it was magic to her and I was the source of this magic. Soon this shadow play became her bedtime ritual and she preferred this to her beloved books. She loved using her imagination to create her own stories and while making different shadows.
I knew there had to be a way to improve this and make it even more magical. I pretty much scoured the entire internet and couldn't find anything that would do what I was looking for, so like any diligent engineer, I decided to make something myself. :)
I had imagined a mini-projector that could be attached to any phone, that would leverage the flash source from the phone to project images onto the ceiling. I imagined reels that could be inserted into this projector that would contain imagery from different stories. And finally, I visualized an app that would contain all of the wording to these stories so that parents could read to their children with ease, in a truly magical, engaging way.
Children of all ages love Moonlite. Moonlite encourages children to read because of how fun it is. Moonlite is best suited for early readers, children between the ages of 2-7.
YAY! We hit our goal and became Staff Pick - all in under 12 hours! WOW! Thank you everyone!
$100K Stretch Goal Unlocked!
Every backer gets a Science Wide Open reel included with their package!
Moonlite has partnered with the amazing folks from Science Wide Open to give you all a very special reel! One that is very near and dear to my heart, since I am also a woman who studied Science.
About Science Wide Open:
Kids ask a LOT of questions. The inquisitive star of Science Wide Open is no different! Her questions about how the world works guide each unique story, while the resulting narrative teaches some of the fundamentals of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Learn more about their amazing books here!
$200K Stretch Goal Unlocked!
All backers get the option to upgrade to a Kickstarter Green Moonlite.
Kickstarter backers who pledge before we hit $200K will have the option to upgrade to a Green Moonlite. This color will be exclusive to Kickstarter backers only and will signal that you were one of the first people to ever support Moonlite.
Nobody else will ever be able to get this exclusive color - it will be reserved exclusively for the Kickstarter backers. It might make your friends a little jealous.
Take a sneak peak at Green Moonlite:
Take a detailed look at our prize packs below:
With your funding, I can:
- Add a better, higher quality lens to make the projected images even more clear and higher resolution
- Continue to build out content by adding additional stories to create a comprehensive library of story books and educational material. I plan to revive more old classics, build a platform to support children's authors and much more.
- Support additional mobile devices
- Build out more custom stories that include your child's name
- Add features to the app: Read-a-long (ie. tap to hear words) and much more
Moonlite currently supports:
- iPhone 6 and higher (iPhone 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+, 7, 7+)
- Samsung Galaxy S6 &S7
Our Promise: If we hit $200K, we will include support for another device!
About Me (Natalie): I am a Software Engineer with an MBA and mostly importantly, a mom. I spent the last 7 years working at Google in a variety of different roles. One of the products I created ended up in Google Adwords. I am a kid at heart and tech/platform toys are a passion of mine.
I have an amazing team behind me who has helped me put all of this together in such a short amount of time + I have called in every favor imaginable. These incredible people include Software Engineers, app developers, industrial designers, graphic designers, illustrators and founders in the tech community.
I am primarily self funded and have spent my savings to get to where I am. Moonlite is ready to go, all I need is the demand - and that is where you come in! Manufacturing is a call away - I just need to know that I have something here before I invest anymore money into it.
If you can support me in my journey to make reading amazing for children, I will be forever grateful.
Thank you for your support and for reading this far down the page! Please share our KS link with anyone you think would love Moonlite!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we have ahead will be setting up manufacturing and adding in support additional devices. Luckily, money can help solve both of these things. I have taken Moonlite as far as I can on my own, with my own funds, and I now need support to take it even further and get it into the hands of more parents.
Content will be our second potential risk, but we have some plans in the pipeline to keep the stories coming. We want you, as customers, to have access to a comprehensive library of stories and educational material that your little ones will love, so we are working hard to deliver on that in the coming months!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Additional stories (post-campaign) will range from $6.99 - $9.99 depending on the title.
Moonlite was designed to work with *most* phone cases. The Otter Box is not supported as it is too thick.
Moonlite currently supports:
- iPhones 6 and higher
- Samsung Galaxy S6 and higher
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If you missed the e-mail, here is the link to download the cute Moonlite holiday card/IOU.
Currently Moonlite supports English only. I am working hard to translate the stories and hope to have many languages complete by mid-2017. The first languages we are targeting are: Spanish, Mandarin, German and French.
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