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The augmented reality App allows children to capture Christmas elves in their own home or anywhere they go! Read more

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The augmented reality App allows children to capture Christmas elves in their own home or anywhere they go!

About this project

It is a very cool and unique iOS augmented reality App for children!

The game allows children to virtually capture Christmas elves in their own home or anywhere they go!

The more elves children capture, the more points they accumulate and the more games and activities they unlock.

According to my extensive research, this one-of-a-kind project has never been done before. I am extremely proud to be presenting it to you on Kickstarter!

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Children will use the iPhone's camera to search for flying elves on their screen. The moment they see an elf, they have to move the iPhone so that the elf is inside the green circle. Children click to capture the elf. 

GOTCHA!

To help children detect the hidden elves, there is an Elf Detector available on the screen. This Elf Detector works as a radar showing the child green dots that represent the flying elves location.

In the game, the reality is modified. Augmented Reality (AR) is a live, direct view of a real physical environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated content such as sound, video, graphics and... Christmas Elves!!!

The App will be available for iPhone & iPod Touch. see stretch goal #1 for Android version.

Children capture and befriend elves to unlock cool Christmas games and activities. The more elves that are captured, the stronger the bond between the child and Santa, because elves are Santa’s eyes and ears.

As soon as an elf is captured by a child, Santa begins to gather information about them. Everyday, the elves will ask your child a random question that will provide Santa with more and more information about the child’s behavior. 

Example : Have you put away your toys today? Hurry-up ... it’s not too late!

The App allows parents to type up their own personalized questions related to their child’s daily routine and activities.

Example : Hello Jake! Have you put away your toys in your red toybox? Hurry-up ... it’s not too late!

A total of 105 Games and Activities are included in the App.

  • Coloring pages (20 coloring pages to unlock)
  • Mazes (20 mazes to unlock)
  • Spot the differences (20 spot the differences to unlock)
  • Cool recipes (20 cool recipes to unlock)
  • Matching Games (5 matching games to unlock)
  • Puzzles (20 puzzles to unlock)
Here is an example of a coloring page to unlock, illustrated by Tom Dell'Aringa (Marooned - the Graphic Novel).

The Matching Games and Puzzles will be games children can play with the App. All the other games and activities are printable and will be sent by e-mail. Children are free to go back in the App and select any one of the unlocked games or activities they want.

Among the many elves working with Santa at the North Pole, there are twelve that are extra special. These twelve elves are the Best of the Best, the All-Stars, and they play a vital role in making Christmas a great success year after year.

Each elf is unique and has a special story to tell. Capture these 12 twelve elves throughout the game, and they will let your child into their secret lives. We don't want to ruin the surprise by giving you too much information, that will be for your child to discover and unlock for themselves!

Here is a small taste of who they are and what they do:

  • The Commander in Chief elf General "
  • The Mechanic elf " Bumper "
  • The Happy elfSmiley "
  • The Cooking elfChef "
  • The Foreman elf Big Boss "
  • The Fashion Designer elf " Cut "
  • The Doctor elf Doc "
  • The Chimney Inspector elfSweep "
  • The Teacher elfMaster "
  • The Technological elf Geek "
  • The Air Traffic Controller elfMaestro "
  • The Spy elfStealth "

Meet the Spy Elf «Stealth»
My mission on Christmas Eve is to go to all houses and make sure the kids are asleep before Santa arrives.

Last Christmas, my 7 year old son asked me to catch an elf! I said, "what"? He told me that all his friends at school were talking about catching elves in their own homes, and he wanted to catch one too!
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To encourage Christmas spirit, parents were staging different scenarios where elves were being caught in the act of doing something.

My son believed that elves were smart and that a regular trap wouldn't work. He came up with the idea of an Elf Restaurant (Restaurant pour luntins in French). He made a wooden model with his grandfather (see picture below) and set it up in his bedroom.

The following morning, we had ourselves a genuine elf, and one very excited little boy! That Christmas is one I will never forget, as it was the beginning of our family's extraordinary journey with a mischievous elf. 

Moved by my son's idea, the elf fad that was hitting homes everywhere, as well as my own creative interests, I began looking for an App to catch elves.

I was both shocked and excited to discover that no such App existed on iOS or Android. There was nothing out there!

I am so lucky to be surrounded and supported by a great team. Artists, developers and writers are working to get this project up and running.

I, myself, have 15 years of experience in design, technology and marketing. I have delivered hundreds of tech projects for clients, including Apps, Web Apps, games and more. I love to create, and I am very motivated to persue this project to its completion.

I have the knowledge necessary to do just that, plus I am enjoying every aspect of this new "mission".

Artist Tom Dell'Aringa (Marooned - the Graphic Novel) is the elf illustrator. His artwork is truly amazing! He has done all the elf illustrations so far, and if our project is fully funded, he will be doing all the sketches and artwork necessary to complete this project including the Stretch Goals! Great work Tom!

I also have to mention the Crazy Cool and ridiculously talented programmers I work with in Montreal. They do extraordinary work and are simply waiting for my "Go" to start the programming! Thank you guys! 
Emilie, an incredible writer... thank you very much for your time.

I have been working on and off this project for about a year now and I am beginning to see the final product start to come together.

All the designs, UI, game design and other visuals are nearly finished. The next big step is the actual programming, the music, the sound effects and Tom Dell'Aringa's elf illustrations. Of course we need to BETA test the App over and over again.

Currently, I am about 50% through the project.

Already a lot of time and money has been invested in this Christmas App, and I need your help to complete this mission!

If I go above and beyond the initial funding goal, here are some of the cool options I will add to Elfxpedition to make it even better.

Want to help to reach these goals? Please share and encourage your friends to contribute!

Stretch goal #1 ---------- $40K
I will create an Android and an iPad version of the App.

Stretch goal #2 ----------  $50K
I will create French and Spanish versions for all 3 devices including sound effects.

Stretch goal #3 ---------- $75K
I will create 3 extra pages of comics for each All-Star Elf, within the App, in all 3 languages. This is a total of 36 extra pages with sound effects. These new pages will be illustrated by Tom Dell'Aringa. The stories and the extended stories will be written by two elementary school teachers.

Stretch goal #4 ---------- $95K
All Games and Activities will be within the App. Children will still be able to e-mail themselves all the games and activities if they want to.

Stretch goal #5 ---------- $150K
Cool New Games and Activities will be created within the App; including 20 Craft Ideas to print, an Interactive Christmas Card Maker to allow for children’s creativity, an Interactive Advent Calendar with funny stories and 25 new characters, and an Interactive Elf Christmas Countdown which counts down the days left till Christmas with funny jokes, sayings and pictures.

Stretch goal #6 ---------- $250K
This one is a secret for now! I will reveal it at 150K. Only Santa knows how crazy cool I can be! I will give you a clue: Santa’s Village

Stretch goal #7 ---------- $500K
I Dream Big, so let me show you! I dare you to Kickstart this project up to 500K! I will reveal it at 250K… no clues this time!

Kickstarter is a solid platform from which to launch Elfxpedition and my main goal is to get my App into children's hands as quickly as possible.

Kickstarter is such a great concept, and I am so impressed by the cool ideas of the Creators, as well as the generosity of the Backers. I absolutely wanted to be a part of it.

I love that people can provide feedback on design ideas, game play or anything else they want to talk about.

Your Name in the Credits
With any contribution that helps the project, your name will be in the credits. The more you pledge, the higher your name will appear in the credits.

The Wallpaper

Get an exclusive Elfxpedition wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone and iPad. Only for Kickstarter Backers Illustration by Tom Dell'Aringa's.

The Art Book
Get an exclusive 9x7 Hard Cover or PDF Art Book. A book with 32 pages of high-quality images. These images are the early sketches, tight pencils and pictures including interviews and descriptions of the project and all the artwork.

The V.I.P. Cards
Both the virtual V.I.P. and the plastified V.I.P. cards will give you access to all future add-ons and updates of the App for free. Both cards will also give you a 50% discount on all future products I will create for Elfxpedition.

The Sticker
Get a 2.5 x 2.5 exclusive Elfxpedition sticker.

The Print
Get one (or two) 5X7 models of Tom Dell'Aringa's elf prints. (Frame not included)
The T-Shirt (Catch me if you can)
Available in XS - S - M - L, these children's t-shirts come in 9 different colors.

 
 
A Personalized Elf                   

There are 40 different elves that are available to be personalized. A cartoon of your face or your child's face will randomly appear in the App as an elf to be captured. This rotation is completely random and does not include the 12 All-Star Elves.
The Beta tester!

You are invited to BETA test the App with us.

An All-Star Face
There are 12 All-Star elves that are available to be personalized. Be 1 of the 12 All-Star Elves, and propose a name for him or her. A cartoon of your face or your child's face will be on one of these extra special elves. These elves have special names, roles and stories and you could be one of them!!! 
 

The Loading Page Elves
There are 2 elves that are available to be personalized on the loading page. A cartoon of your face or your child's face will be on one of these special elves. You could be one of them!!!

Be a Member
You are invited to be a part of the team. Come and spend the day with me. Get involved! I want to sit with you and talk about the App. Lodging and food is INCLUDED. Travel not included.
 

Final "Mission" Statement

I hope you are just as excited as I am for this App to be ready. I appreciate you taking the time to read about my project and I hope you will support us any way you can.

Every little bit helps, so please pledge. Spread the word, next Christmas, elves will be on the loose! Thank you for believing!

Risks and challenges

As with any project, there are going to be bumps in the road and there will be challenges that will be out of my control. Over my career I have learned to adapt and modify to the different challenges that have come up.

It is completely insane to think that a techno project will be smooth sailing from beginning to end. I have an experienced team working constantly to respond to any glitches and I feel that we are prepared and ready should something come up. AR has been around for a while and the developers are familiar with the technologies involved.

Since Elfxpedition is approximately half-way to completion, things are rolling along and we just need an extra boost from you!

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    «The Supporter's Mission»

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    Get the App when it's released (June 2014) as well as your name in the credits. Thank you very much.

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    Get a V.I.P. «virtual» card + The App before everyone + The exclusive Art Book (PDF) + A wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone and iPad as well as your name in the credits. Thank you very much.

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    « The Artist's Mission »

    Get an exclusive print made by Tom Dell'Aringa (5x7), I will personally sign a thank you + 1 sticker (2.5 x 2.5) + The App before everyone + The V.I.P. «virtual» card + The exclusive Art Book (PDF) + A wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone and iPad as well as your name in the credits. Thank you very much.

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    « The Great Artist's Mission »

    Get 2 exclusive prints made by Tom Dell'Aringa (5x7), I will personally sign a thank you + 1 V.I.P. PLASTIFIED CARD with your name on it (credit card size) + 2 stickers (2.5 x 2.5) + The App before everyone + The exclusive Art Book (PDF) + A wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone and iPad as well as your name in the credits. Thank you very much.

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    « The Uniform Mission »

    Get 1 children's t-shirt + the App before everyone + 2 exclusive prints made by Tom Dell'Aringa (5x7), I will personally sign a thank you + 2 stickers (2.5 x 2.5) + 1 V.I.P. plastified card with your name on it (credit card size) + The exclusive Art Book (PDF) + A wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone and iPad as well as your name in the credits. Thank you very much.

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    « The Ultra Uniform Mission »

    Get 2 children's t-shirt + the App before everyone + 2 exclusive prints made by Tom Dell'Aringa (5x7), I will personally sign a thank you + 2 stickers (2.5 x 2.5) + 1 V.I.P. plastified card with your name on it (credit card size) + The exclusive Art Book (PDF) + A wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone and iPad as well as your name in the credits. Thank you very much.

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    « The Personalized Elf Mission »

    A cartoon of your face or your child's face will randomly appear in the App as an elf to be captured + The App before everyone + 1 children's t-shirt + 2 exclusive prints made by Tom Dell'Aringa (5x7), I will personally sign a thank you + 2 stickers (2.5 x 2.5) + 1 V.I.P. plastified card with your name on it (credit card size) + The exclusive Art Book (PDF) + A wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone and iPad as well as your name in the credits. Thank you very much.

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    « The BETA Mission »

    Be one of the 4 Beta testers as well as your name in the credits as a tester + The App before everyone + 1 children's t-shirt + 2 exclusive prints made by Tom Dell'Aringa (5x7), I will personally sign a thank you + 2 stickers (2.5 x 2.5) + 1 V.I.P. plastified card with your name on it (credit card size) + The exclusive Art Book (PDF) + A wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone and iPad. Thank you very much.

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    « The All-Star Mission »

    Be 1 of the 12 All-Star Elves, and propose a name for him or her. A cartoon of your face or your child's face as an All-Star elf to be captured + The exclusive Art Book (Paper Version) + The App before everyone + 1 children's t-shirt + 2 exclusive prints made by Tom Dell'Aringa (5x7), I will personally sign a thank you + 2 stickers (2.5 x 2.5) + 1 V.I.P. plastified card with your name on it (credit card size) + A wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone and iPad as well as your name in the credits. Thank you very much.

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    « The TOTAL Mission »

    Be 1 of the 2 elves on the Loading Page of the App. A cartoon of your face or your child's face will be on one of these 2 special elves + The App before everyone + 1 children's t-shirt + 2 exclusive prints made by Tom Dell'Aringa (5x7), I will personally sign a thank you + 2 stickers (2.5 x 2.5) + 1 V.I.P. plastified card with your name on it (credit card size) + The exclusive Art Book (Paper Version) + A wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone and iPad as well as your name in the credits. Thank you very much.

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    « The MEMBER Mission »

    Become part of the team! Give me your opinions and ideas. Be part of our family and get involved! I want to sit with you and talk about the App. Lodging & Food are INCLUDED but the TRAVEL is not included + The App before everyone + 1 children's t-shirt + 2 exclusive prints made by Tom Dell'Aringa (5x7), I will personally sign a thank you + 2 stickers (2.5 x 2.5) + 1 V.I.P. plastified card with your name on it (credit card size) + The exclusive Art Book (Paper Version) + A wallpaper for your desktop, iPhone and iPad as well as your name in the credits. Thank you very much.

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