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Storytelling meets creative tech, for ages 2-5. Octobo supports developmental growth and transforms learning into a playful experience!
Storytelling meets creative tech, for ages 2-5. Octobo supports developmental growth and transforms learning into a playful experience!
409 backers pledged $56,991 to help bring this project to life.

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Octobo - the Smart Storytelling Plush for Creative Learning

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We heard you Backers! Thanks for everyone's support, both of our strorykit apps will be added with an Audiobook Mode. Now you will be able to hear Octobo reading stories to you!

Hope you all love the bonus feature! Thank you for joinning us on this exciting adventure of bringing Octobo to life!

Meet Octobo!

Octobo is a smart plush companion that learns, grows, and plays with kids through a tablet, interactive storybooks, and an expanding constellation of educational apps. Octobo works with any 7-8 inch tablets including Apple, Amazon, and Android.

Octobo can actually respond to your child’s learning. Packed with multiple sensors and advanced technology, Octobo reacts to touch, sound, and interactive tokens, giving your child immediate feedback and positive reinforcement to their learning.

Unlike a hard robotic toy, Octobo’s huggable plush is cleverly filled with various soft sensors that can detect your child’s movement and enhance storytime. Parents can feel safe giving Octobo to kids because of his soft padding and gentle, hypoallergenic fabrics.

Octobo's storybooks come in various playful storykits, a special bundle that contains an app, a beautifully illustrated storybook, and interactive components for Octobo.

*Octobo is compatible with all 7-8 inches tablet, both iOS and Android.

When reading Octobo's storybooks, your child will interact with Octobo to influence the story and foster their own emotional, cognitive, and language development.

Albert Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research.” Octobo sneaks learning and physical activity into playtime, leading fun activities through catchy songs, colorful adventure storybooks, and playful games specifically designed for engagement and education.

Beyond the two storykits we’re offering, we provide an expandable platform. We are continuously expanding our offerings within our app library where you can easily download the next adventure with Octobo.

Octobo lives in the mystical world of Puzmo where nature and magic intersect, pictures come to life, and imaginations roam free! Octobo and his friends, the Puzzle Seekers, foster a bustling community of creativity, love, learning, and teamwork.

We worked with child development experts all over the globe to make sure Octobo can withstand rigorous play while helping kids from ages 0-7.

 Don't just take it from us. See how parents feel about Octobo!

Assembling Octobo is quick and easy. All you need to do is download our app from the app store, slip your tablet into Octobo’s head, and get out your storykits to begin your fun adventure!

Parents can customize their child’s play lengths to suit their busy schedules. When playtime is over, Octobo tells kids he needs to rest, providing a natural and organic way to end playtime. This personalized feature helps ensure kids develop healthy play habits.  

"Swim with Octobo on this exciting adventure deep in the sea to discover the wonders and treasures of the ocean!"

▲ Kids are invited to Octobo’s world with a magical invitation within each booklet. They are introduced to different ways they can communicate with Octobo and learn social interactions like shaking hands and giving hugs.

▲ Octobo will immediately respond to physical interaction, making storytime more lively and engaging! 

▲The underwater storybook seamlessly integrates concepts like color and patterns through its witty story and enticing sea-related puzzles.

When kids place storykit objects into Octobo’s bowl, Octobo's expressive reactions and animations will bring the story to life!

Octobo only likes striped fish!
Octobo only likes striped fish!

"Oh my! Octobo discovers all the letters in Puzmo are missing! Kids are swept on an exciting mission to explore the magical village and help Octobo on his search. Are you ready? Let's go!" 

▲Kids search for hidden letters on each page of the storybook and find the corresponding interactive token. Kids are picking up new vocabulary and exercising their memory throughout this process. Interaction guidelines are on each page of this advanced story kit.

▲When kids place letters into Octobo’s bowl, Octobo springs to life with animations that will reinforce memorization and assist learning.

You can unlock mini games by following the directions in the storybook. In this C mini game "Claptastic Crane," kids can clap their hands to help the crane stuck in a painting fly and escape.

The louder you clap, the faster the crane flies!
The louder you clap, the faster the crane flies!

The J mini game "Jump Jump!" will get your kids up and moving! Kids can hop and dance with Octobo to a bubbly song.

When kids are ready, they can test their comprehension by engaging in a spelling contest game. Selected by education specialists, our vocabulary words feature a good mix of Tier two and Tier three words.

Kids will race against the clock to spell vocab words they learned in the book.
Kids will race against the clock to spell vocab words they learned in the book.

More mini games are waiting for you to explore!

Octobo isn’t like other toys destined to be outgrown; Octobo grows with your child. Because of our expanding app library, Octobo can serve as their companion for years to come.

The fun doesn’t end after the campaign is over!
The fun doesn’t end after the campaign is over!

By using methodology grounded in early childhood education research, Octobo brings about genuine interactions that foster social, emotional, and developmental skills.

Designed to prepare kids for school and a creative future, Octobo offers activities in all aspects of child development: cognitive, emotional, physical, social, communication, and creative.

Octobo Creative Learning Wheel!
Octobo Creative Learning Wheel!

 * Tablet is not included in the rewards. However, after the campaign we will be offering tablet options at a compatible price as an add-on item for our backers through our pledge manager.

Tempting Ten-tickles: Change your facebook profile picture to a Yellow Octobo Frame or Green Octobo Frame. If we can get 200 amazing Octobros (YOU!) to use our FB frames, we will add Octobo's bookmark set to everyone's pledge! The winning colors will be announced after the campaign and the winning team will receive a exclusive Octobo badge in the winning color. Click on the image below to join the campaign:

Octobo is compatible with any 7-8 inch tablets, both iOS and Android.

In 2015, momprenuer Yuting Su first began making Octobo for her son Owen to play and grow up with, but in time the project and team grew. Octobo’s strong development team is like Octobo: creative, robust, and all about family

Members of Team Octobo come from all backgrounds, from education and child development to entertainment and storytelling. Our designers have roots in the USC School of Cinematic Arts; our advisers and consultants have experience in making kids content for Lego, Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, IDEO and more.

A huge THANK YOU to all the amazing individuals that helped Octobo to be possible: Ryan Bartley (Voice Actor), Stephanie Sosa (Writer), Justin Bortnick (Writer), Katherine Chen (PR), Molly Womack (Plush Design), Brittney Crump (Character Design), Eric Wang (Animator), Crystal Lee (Animator), Chieh-Wei Chiang (OT, Children's Development Specialist)

...And to all the amazing USC professors and classmates at USC that helped make Octobo happen. A special shout out to everyone that helped out the conceptualization and prototyping: Richard Lemarchand, Alex Fleetwood, Diana Hughes, Vivian Lin, Julian Ceipek, Xian Lu, Casey Astorino. You are phenomenal!

To learn more about Octobo, check out our OpenIDEO submission page. Give us an "applaud" if you like Octobo!

Unlike many Kickstarters that are still in a conceptual stage, we have developed, iterated, and tested Octobo for over two years to ensure we have fully realized all of our design goals. We have gone through multiple versions of Octobo, each better than the last.

From the very beginning, we have based our development on the needs of families. Through our partnerships with research facilities and family-oriented festivals, we have conducted over 100 interviews and more than 1,000 in-person user tests with parents and their kids. 

Kids have tested every small detail of Octobo from his basic interactions and educational content to his ability to adapt and react. Octobo is used not only in child emotional development research at III, but also has been recognized for numerous family and technology awards:

 Here is our timeline and plans for the year. Come be a part of our story! 

If you'd like to cover us in your stories, you can access our press kit here. Other press inquiries, please email us at press@playoctobo.com

Thank you!

We're counting on your support to bring Octobo to life! Back our project and share our campaign with your friends and families.Help kids around the world discover an 8-legged best friend to learn and play with!

As some of our team members have ran successful Kickstarters in the past, we’ve learned a lot about shipping. It’s a long, complicated process, and we’re focusing on avoiding pitfalls that happen when setting shipping fees upfront.  

Following the lead of a lot of other toy Kickstarter campaigns, we will add on the shipping cost through our pledge manager after the campaign has ended and you've given us your shipping details. This will be done at cost, so we won't make any money from shipping.  

Below is a list of our estimated cost for your reference. This is not including tax and duty fees in certain countries, which are out of our control. However, we will always keep information transparent and work hard to make the process as easy as possible. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us a message through our Facebook Page.

      
  

Risks and challenges

The manufacturing process is often a long and complex one. Despite this, we are confident we will be able to manufacture at the quality we've presented. We have a refined, award-winning prototype, and we’ve built out a manufacturing plan with experienced partners in Taiwan and China. But the final design of Octobo may still have slight modifications from the sample pictures on Kickstarter to ensure quality control. Our early prototypes have been working functionally and reliably. We have already tested our prototypes with hundreds of people during our user tests and presentations at both festivals and toy fairs.

In terms of software development, Octobo's main interactions are already fully featured. Software has been developed in Unity to minimize costs and issues with porting from the current iOS build to Android. We have working builds for both Android and iOS devices. While there are always unforeseen challenges and technical issues that may arise with individual devices, we promise to work with you to troubleshoot any problem you encounter with Octobo.

We will do our absolute best to deliver Octobo on time and to specifications. As we mentioned earlier, shipping is always hard to calculate upfront before knowing every backer's location. We have accounted for problems that may arise and will do our best to offer competitive shipping cost for our backers. Our teammates have ran successful Kickstarters and know how to take a Kickstarter funded project to market.

We will always be transparent about our development process. You will never be left in the dark as we want you to be a part of the process every step of the way as we continue to develop and deliver Octobo. Our passionate team is prepared to do anything to make Octobo happen, and we promise our backers to bring Octobo to life no matter what obstacles appear. If you have any questions, you can always message us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/octobo.

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    Octobo's Starter Pack (Early Bird)

    You are such a Swift Swimmer!

    Limited to our first 100 backers, you will receive Octobo's Starter Pack.
    Backing this tier will save you $70 (off $149 retail price).

    Includes:
    • Octobo Smart Plush
    • Octobo's Underwater Adventure Storykit
    • Octobo Printable Play Guide
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    Octobo's Starter Pack (KS Special)

    A True Octobro!

    You will receive Octobo's Starter Pack at a special discount! $30 (off $149 retail price)!

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    • Octobo Printable Play Guide
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    Octobo's Advanced Pack (Early Bird)

    Oh my cod! You are amazing.

    Limited to our first 250 backers, you will receive Octobo's Advanced Learning Pack.
    Backing this tier will save you $69 (off $208 retail price).

    + EVERYTHING IN THE STARTER PACK!

    + OCTOBO AND THE GREAT LETTER SEARCH STORYKIT
    • "Octobo and the Great Letter Search" interactive storybook
    • 26 Interactive Letter Story Tokens
    • Octobo's ABC Adventure App
    • 80 Additional Animations
    • 8 Interactive Minigames
    • Octobo's Spelling Contest Game Mode

    Only on Kickstarter:
    + Exclusive digital OCTOBO ART BOOK
    + FULL SOUNDTRACK OST Download

    Includes:
    • Octobo Smart Plush
    • Octobo's Underwater Adventure Storykit
    • Octobo and the Great Letter Search Storykit
    • Octobo Printable Play Guide
    • Full soundtrack OST download
    • Octobo Digital Art Book
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    Octobo's Advanced Pack (KS Special)

    Octerrific!!

    You will receive Octobo's Advanced Learning Pack at our KS special price. Backing this tier will save you $40 (off $208 retail price)!

    + EVERYTHING IN THE STARTER PACK!

    + OCTOBO AND THE GREAT LETTER SEARCH STORYKIT
    • "Octobo and the Great Letter Search" interactive storybook
    • 26 Interactive Letter Story Tokens
    • Octobo's ABC Adventure App
    • 80 Additional Animations
    • 8 Interactive Minigames
    • Octobo's Spelling Contest Game Mode

    Only on Kickstarter:
    + Exclusive digital OCTOBO ART BOOK
    + FULL SOUNDTRACK OST Download

    Includes:
    • Octobo Smart Plush
    • Octobo's Underwater Adventure Storykit
    • Octobo and the Great Letter Search Storykit
    • Octobo Printable Play Guide
    • Full soundtrack OST download
    • Octobo Digital Art Book
    • Thank you note
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    The Octopodes (Three Octobo Bundle)

    You will receive 3x Octobo's Advanced Learning Pack.
    BIG SAVINGS! Backing this tier will save you $160 (off $624 retail price).

    Includes:
    • Octobo Smart Plush
    • Octobo's Underwater Adventure Storykit
    • Octobo and the Great Letter Search Storykit
    • Octobo Printable Play Guide
    • Full soundtrack OST download
    • Octobo Digital Art Book
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    Release the Kraken! (VIP Bundle)

    You truly octopi our hearts.

    Limited to only 20 believers, you won't just receive ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS, but you will also become our VIP MEMBER.

    Our VIP members will have early access to our new product info and exclusive discounts, and BE APART OF OUR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS. We will engage you in the creation of our next storykit, and you will RECEIVE OUR NEXT STORYKIT FOR FREE.

    You will additionally get:

    + CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION of Octobo and a member of your family (including pets!) in our beautiful art style. Just send a picture over and our lead artist will paint it for you. (digital download)

    + A handwritten thank you post card mailed to you (US Only)

    + Octobo Swag Mystery Bag

    + Skype call for 30 minutes with anyone on Team Octobo.

    FINALLY WE GUARANTEE WE WILL SEND OUT YOUR REWARDS EARLY IN OCT 2018. Isn't that octerrific?!

    Includes:
    • Octobo Smart Plush
    • Octobo's Underwater Adventure Storykit
    • Octobo and the Great Letter Search Storykit
    • OUR NEXT STORYKIT FREE
    • Custom Illustration of Octobo and Family Member
    • 30 Minute Skype Call with Anyone on Team Octobo
    • Octobo Swag Mystery Bag
    • Hand-written Thank You Post Card (US Only)
    • Octobo Printable Play Guide
    • Full soundtrack OST download
    • Octobo Digital Art Book
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