by Maykah Inc.
The toy where every young girl is an artist, engineer, architect and visionary!
This project was successfully funded on June 16, 2012.
The toy where every young girl is an artist, engineer, architect and visionary!
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I still haven't received my Roominate. Is there a chance that it was returned, or perhaps not shipped?
Please advise, thanks!
Received today in the UK albeit with a hefty 24 USD customs charge. But I prob have first one in England so I rule! Bag and bangle great can I order some more bangles?
Congratulations on the great launch! I just received my reward and I was going to order another Chateau Roominate but no shipping option on your website to go outside of the U.S. :-(
It's really exciting to see your latest updates with photos of shipping pallets full of Roominate! My daughter spent hours in your Maker Faire booth last May, and it was one of her Maker Faire highlights -- and meeting your team was one of mine. If my daughter grew up to be like you... um, yeah, that would be cool.
We'll be posting an update shortly as well! :)
And just like that, I got a survey asking for my address for my reward. Hooray!
Hey, I'm just beginning to plan out holiday presents and was curious if those of us who backed the "Make It Yours" level are likely to receive our Roominates in November as estimated? No worries if you won't be able to, but I would appreciate an update. Thanks!
I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!
Wow! That was snappy. Thanks! :)
Ditto re Brad's comment. If you don't keep up with the updates, you're going to start seeing complaints in Facebook and Twitter, and that's not good for business. I know you're swamped, but even a few one-liners would be better than nothing.
I backed this project while working at a given company, and used that e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org). I no longer work there, and have not yet received the delivery data quiz. May you please send it to email@example.com? Thanks
How do I give you the shipping address?
Love the project so much! I'll wait next version, so this time just a little something for your future, awesome three girls. Looking forward to seeing more development on this product.
I absolutely love this project!...unfortunately don't have enough money at this time to get a roominate myself, but gave some money in support. I hope this makes it to toy store shelves. I will definitely buy it then. ^^
Just ordered one for my daughter -- Can't wait to see it!
Also, my wife Jen indicated that her company (Laser It All, http://laseritall.com) would be interested in bidding on the production work. If you could send us the RFP (or get in touch with your requirements), we'd appreciate it! Thanks, Bill
Cool project, good luck.
As a Geometry teacher, I think it's great! As a dollhouse builder and collector, I think it will help to interest girls in a fun hobby. Wish it had been around when my daughters were young. I wish you every success.
also, would be great if the final product allowed for additional expansion options (e.g., ability to attach a breadboard to back of room(s) to allow for more complex circuits - dimmers, flashers, etc - so that the house & components can grow with the kid). At the very least, tabs at rear to allow ziptie-ing of additional components would be a huge boon.
Question - any recommendations on what size doll (make/model?) will be the correct scale for use with the final product?
My daughter (12) and I are very much looking forward to this!
I don't have kids, I'm buying it for ME! :) Can't wait to see where this toy will go, hope to see it on the market and available internationally.
Sooooo excited about this! I can hardly wait. We'll see if my first grader ever manages to pry it out of my hands.
I just cried when i saw this. I am 62 years old and I would have ached to own this when I was kid. Yay you for developing this. The sky is the limit, I'm thinkin'. Good Luck!
My son and his wife had a successful Kickstarter experience as well. They are doing fantastically well with their dream, I know you can do the same.
I absolutely love this! GO GIRLS! -M
I have lots of nieces and friends with daughters. I've pledged for the double reward (international to Canada) but I'd like to get 4. Is there going to be an international Chateau reward?
I love the project. I am a History of Art graduate turned Digital Marketeer. My dad was an engineer. My mum was a doctor at a time when ladies used to be nurses.
They always encouraged me to play with whatever I wanted to play. This is what I want to do with my little girl too. Brilliant!
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I'm an female engineer (graduated in 1979) so I completely understand the lack of women engineers both then and now. I agree with some of the comments that there could be a gender neutral version which would be great. Not all girls like pink. I'm excited about this and have plans for a granddaughter and a great niece as a Christmas present. Way to Go!
This is the first kickstarter project I've backed. I think this is absolutely brilliant and fills a big hole!
Thanks for the idea and I hope that should I one day have a daughter, this will be only one of many such ideas.
Just backed and excited to get this for my 11 year old daughter. Pledged for the Chateau & the t-shirt and looking forward to getting her started! David
I'm so excited to see a toy like this. It's honestly a toy that I would have absolutely adored as a kid. I used to take after-school courses in robotics and biology in elementary school, but it always seemed like something that had to stay at school. Kudos to you ladies for finding a way to bring science and technology into playtime, too.
This looks like a great toy but I don't understand why you are marketing this toy in such a gender specific manner, with a phrase like "The toy that makes every young girl an artist, an engineer, an architect, and a visionary!".
This toy would be great for boys or girls.
I am not for social engineering that expects all jobs to be reflections of the gender and race distribution of the general population. Where is the push for male dental hygienists?
So glad you'll be shipping internationally. I'll need that for the UK. As you recommended. I added $38 to my pledge to cover international shipping.
Great meeting you all at Maker's Faire. Good luck with the project!
An idea whose time has really come. As a mother of a grown-up girl and boy, "sex-gregating" toys is like putting up a glass ceiling to their dreams. Why not play doctors, instead of play nurses, for our girls? And yes, women have the brains for maths and science too!. Wishing you every success.
Really awesome product. Congratulations guys!
really cool - my nieces will love this. good luck jen and co!
AWSOME! I also made my own dollhouse when I was 12, and am now finishing up my master's degree in computer science. Absolutely love your project!
I am Alan Wootton - a very experienced software engineer and a 'maker' since I was 8 (a whole history of model airplanes up to me being a rocket scientist at JPL. I'm on Linkedin. but that's not the point).
I think you guys (Alice, Jennifer, and Bettina) are from the lab downstairs from me. I'm at Disney now.
I love your project and it seems that it will surely be funded now (or else I might have to push it over the edge :-)
The reason that I am writing you is to ask if you might be interested in a totally unpaid summer intern? Sasha Wootton is now a sophomore at Lynbrook High School in Cupertino. She is wicked smart, like all the other kids there, and also has the attribute of being always cheerfull.
I have no doubt that she would work very hard for your cause and be a great asset.
I am just asking if that is possible. She will make her own 'application'.
cheers - a
Alan Wootton : firstname.lastname@example.org
btw. Victoria @ google. You are exactly what I want my 4 girls to grow up to be like. Sasha is my oldest and I hope she can be involved. How do you tell a girl how wicked cool it would be to work at google?
OMG LADIES~ I'm *so* excited about this project!!
We female engineers are always being asked what got us interested in engineering to begin with. For me, it was making crafts -- *specifically dollhouses!* -- that sparked my interest in making things on computers. My young mind was blown when I discovered I could "make crafts" with a computer: I could create things with infinite materials and had Save/Undo to boot! I started making websites when I was in middle/high school, then I majored in computer science in college, and now I am a software engineer at Google!
Since it was literally making dollhouses that got me excited when I was a young budding engineer, I am absolutely thrilled to discover your Roominate project. I cannot be more confident in and supportive of this idea!!
Really loved meeting you at Maker Faire. Good luck with the project. I've managed to infect my daughter with the idea: "The toys that you make for yourself are the best." It's great to see toys for girls that support that idea.
AWESOME. I am psyched to try it and I agree, this is an important product and a product category that's ripe for development -- especially in the age of the Princesses' reign.
I'm a child of the late 70's. In those days there were more gender-neutral toys: Lego, Capsela, and I had a circuit board.
Then came Barbies. I adored my dolls, but I was probably 25 by the time I discovered mechanical and computer-based problem-solving as a passion again.
Would Roominate have helped to keep my intrinsic tinkering enthusiasm at the forefront? Who knows, but I definitely would have loved it.
Really loved meeting you yesterday at Maker Faire. You are our new heroes and we think what you're doing is something really special and necessary. Good luck and we too got your back!
It makes me super excited to see products like these in development. My 2 nieces are currently in their local STEM Academy and it makes me happy to support such a great project in their name.
I grew up playing with Builderific and later found my brother's Meccano Set. They would entertain me for days.
I think you are onto something important here..
You are 25% funded on the first day - great start very exciting!