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A smart educational companion who answers questions and
inspires kids to learn new things everyday.
A smart educational companion who answers questions and
inspires kids to learn new things everyday.
A smart educational companion who answers questions and inspires kids to learn new things everyday.
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Woobo: The Talking Robot Inspiring Curious Kids to Explore

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Woobo knows the answers to millions of curious questions. Kids can ask Woobo about things they wonder and Woobo responds in a kid-friendly way to encourage more exploration.

 

 

Like a launchpad for learning, Woobo can provide and propose a variety of interactions for kids that encourage curiosity and exploration. Woobo has more than 40 different activities, all of which were crafted and selected carefully for best development values in children.

 

Woobo has a library of high-quality stories and songs carefully selected to encourage wonder and new perspective about the world around them. Who wouldn't want to learn about the planets through song?

 

Woobo always knows the best activities to get kids excited to think creatively and let their imaginations run wild. Woobo can teach kids new skills like different ways to fold a paper airplane or create imaginary monsters together. Sometimes kids can just have fun with Woobo on adventures up in the galaxy or deep in the ocean.

 

 

 

Woobo opens up a window to the many wonders of this world. Kids can explore different cultures, meet a variety of animals, experience many occupations, and get introduced to fun facts that may inspire their interest and curiosity. They may even learn how to say “Hello!” in different languages and surprise you with their newly found knowledge.

 

Woobo encourages not only intellectual challenges but also physical ones to get kids up and moving. Kids can play fun games like Freeze and Obstacle Course with just Woobo, or they can even play more interactive games like Charades and Hot Potato with their friends.

 

Connected to home Wi-Fi or mobile hotspots, Woobo has access to a rich content library online. The online library keeps expanding as Woobo’s content team creates new interactive games and collaborates with top children’s content creators.

 

Woobo can help establish healthy habits by encouraging kids to have fun while doing daily routines like brushing their teeth. With Woobo, getting dressed has never been easier.

Kids and parents can send each other voicemails through Woobo, allowing both to always have the opportunity to stay connected.

 

With Woobo’s parenting app on both iOS and Android platforms, parents have more ways to stay connected with their children throughout the day.

Daily Routines: With a few simple clicks to set up, Woobo can become a friendly routine reminder for any child and turn morning and nightly routines into something to look forward to.

Voicemail: Parents can keep connected with their little ones wherever they are and whenever they want by using the voice messaging functions on both the parenting app and Woobo itself

Content Library: Of course curious kids have curious parents! Parents can access all of Woobo’s content library on the parenting app. Each piece of content is listed with a brief description of what it is and what skills it practices. If a particular piece of content stands out to parents they can request it to be played by their child on Woobo.

 

 

 

Woobo has clickable buttons within each colorful light-up ear! Simply click Woobo’s ear, and when the lights turn blue, Woobo is listening. Ask a question or request something from the library of content like a song, story, game, or joke!

Squeezing Woobo’s left hand lets kids view all of the content library. Once the compass on Woobo’s hand is squeezed, the touchscreen on Woobo’s face shifts into an easy-to-use, interactive interface for navigation.

 Like a little puppy, Woobo has some favorite places to be tickled, rubbed, and scratched. Woobo’s interactive sensors make it so that tickling Woobo on the belly or patting its head will make Woobo happy. Want to see Woobo dizzy? Try shaking Woobo around!

 

Unlike many other Kickstarter projects that are still in concept stage, Woobo has been under development for more than 18 months. We have created tens of iterations of Woobo, focusing on improving both Woobo’s software and hardware. We’ve also conducted interviews with more than 250 parents, and in-person user tests with more than 100 kids to test every small detail in both the interactive experience and educational content design. We are now ready to begin the launch stage and send a limited number of Woobos to live with selected families.

 

Developing a product as new as Woobo requires lots of careful thinking and constant feedback from our potential consumers. Over the past 18 months, we have placed and will continue to place Woobos into homes, playgrounds, and museums.We listen to parents’ opinions, observe how kids play and interact with Woobo, and make improvements. 

 

 

We believe that the driving force behind lifelong learning is passionate curiosity. The desire to inspire a love of learning is why we began working on a friendly and safe platform for kids to practice asking questions, exploring, and mastering new skills. After studying kids' favorite fluffy and inspiring friends, we created Woobo – a cuddly companion who can encourage, inspire, and answer kids’ inquisitive questions. When kids are free to explore the topics they are interested in, learning can be a blast!

With curiosity in mind, we talked with parents and found that we were not the only ones who felt this way! We tested our ideas, listened to feedback from our trials, and developed Woobo’s character with the wants and needs of both kids and parents in mind.

Woobo is a team effort between our programmers, technical wizards, amazing designers, and animators…and you! We hope you’ll join us!

 

 

Woobo, like your own children, is still growing! When you bring Woobo home through this Kickstarter, you are becoming a member of the growing Woobo community. This means you will get early access to Woobo while we’re still developing. As the first people to bring Woobo home, you will see Woobo continually change and improve in exciting and fun ways. We will frequently be asking for feedback on new games, stories, and other new features that we introduce. As Woobo grows, you will know that your family personally plays an integral role in the successful development of Woobo and its incredible brain.

Woobo uses mature mobile hardware to guarantee performance and reliability. Sensors on the body fuel Woobo’s interactive capabilities, and rechargeable batteries allows for 6-8 hours of continuous play on one full charge. 

 

We have gone through three major prototyping stages, tens of iterations, and hundreds of sketches. All efforts in the past 18 months came into shaping the Woobo we know now.

Woobo has a hilarious personality designed by our team. Woobo has more than 60 facial expressions with different emotions. More than just laughing and tears, kids always discover many little surprises when interacting with Woobo!

We designed a unique, fantastical history for Woobo, which includes a journey filled with amazing adventures from the mystical Woobolaya mountains, the home of all Woobos. Kids can discover fun, hidden details about Woobo’s incredible history simply by chatting with Woobo!

 

 

We are collaborating with Shenzhen Valley Ventures (svv.io) for our hardware development and manufacturing. Shenzhen Valley Ventures has a long history of developing mobile devices, smart speakers, and IoT devices. Woobo hardware development and testing has advanced quickly and successfully. Our early prototypes have been working functionally and reliably. We have identified and sourced our key components to ensure that there exists very little uncertainty in our designs and manufacturing process.

Factory in China
Factory in China

 

Working with our OEM factory to prepare for manufacture
Working with our OEM factory to prepare for manufacture

 

Photo taken in our OEM factory in China
Photo taken in our OEM factory in China

 

Prototypes made by factory ready to send out for testing.
Prototypes made by factory ready to send out for testing.

 

 

 

 

Woobo was founded with one goal in mind: to bring children’s imaginary friends to life. Using cutting-edge robotics and artificial intelligence technologies, we strive to provide all children with a smart-companion who can talk, amuse, inspire, and grow alongside them.

Team Woobo working hard together
Team Woobo working hard together

 

The team challenged with bringing Woobo to life consists of many talented people across a diverse range of backgrounds. Every day at our office is an intimate collaboration between world-class engineers, designers, educators, and marketers from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Tufts, and the Rhode Island School of Design. We firmly believe this unique mixture of talents is essential in pushing the boundaries of what kids’ toys can truly be.

 

 

 

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 At this time Woobo is available in the US. The Super Early Bird supporters and Early Bird supporters will receive their Woobos around end of 2017. The other supporters will receive Woobos between December 2017 and March 2018. 

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Risks and challenges

Woobo has been under development for more than 18 months. We are aware that there are many challenges in delivering a smart companion for children. Throughout the development of Woobo, our team has met many of these challenges head-on. We are hopeful that through the continued development of our software we can meet and surpass the expectations for what a companion robot can be. Every demo you see online has been filmed with real beta prototypes and real people. The Woobo team has great confidence that Woobo is both feasible and manufacturable.

Woobo chose to work with Shenzhen Valley Ventures because of their track record as a top brand OEM in engineering and manufacturing development for smartphones. With their expertise and experience, our hardware development and testing for Woobo has continuously advanced quickly and successfully

We understand that a lot of our supporters would love to have Woobo as a special, unique surprise for the holidays, and our goal is to make that possible. According to the current timeline of Woobo’s development, we will have the first Woobos reach consumers’ homes by December 20th. However, we acknowledge that there may be unexpected and unforeseeable issues that could arise and delay the shipping of the product to consumers. We will keep our supporters aware with live updates about the expected delivery timeline. In the event that the shipment date is delayed, we will be emailing each consumer with options of what they would like to do. These options may include a full refund.

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