Kids love the iPad! It's interactive, convenient, media-rich, easy to use (we can keep going, but you get the idea). The iStroll Kid allows parents to connect their iPad (or any tablet device) to a stroller and go. While your child is busy watching a video or interacting with a educational app, parents are free to run errands, shop, go for a walk, whatever. Meanwhile, your little one stays entertained or educated or both, for up to 10 hours (but please, don't leave your child in the stroller for that long. That's just cruel!)
To see how the iStroll Kid works please watch our video above. It's pretty simple, though: the iStroll Kid connects to your stroller's legs. Once it's attached, you insert the iPad into the holder and you're ready to go.
Being a father myself, I understand how difficult it is to manage your child when you're on the go.
iStroll Kid - istrollkid.com
The iStroll Kid comes with a lower clamp to attach to a different round, square or oval shaped stroller leg. The goose neck adjusts depending on the position needed.
Feedback so Far
I did receive feedback from parents that felt that I was creating a device that would disrupt a child from enjoying outdoor activities. I always felt that just like video games, television and portable dvd players, anything excessive is a bad thing and should be monitored and controlled by parents. I will be honest, reading this type of feedback did affect my motivation a bit. Then I started receiving these emails:
"My 6 year old son has seizures and is non verbal. Last year I purchased him the Ipad and for the first time he's been able clearly to communicate his needs and wants. I've been looking for an attachment for his wheelchair/stroller, since he is not able to hold the Ipad and use it at the same time. This looks perfect!"
"I have a daughter who is visually impaired and requires a wheelchair full time. As she is with me when we are a various conferences around the USA, this would be a wonderful way to promote and advertise your amazing product! Please let me know when this is available and the cost."
Nothing has motivated me more to launch this product. If the iStroll Kid can help kids to improve their day-to-day life then it would be the best feeling in the world.
Our first step was to create something simple to prove my concept. We used spare parts from my house and parts we bought at Home Depot. We then attached the iPad to the my device and took my son on a stroller ride at our local Mall. Two things happened, my son calmly sat on the stroller and the response from people at the mall was very positive.
We took the idea to a local rapid prototyping company located near the University of Central Florida. We wanted to find an engineering company that had an entrepreneur spirit with working with our design. The engineers were really helpful in bringing our design and prototype to life. It took a year of development to get it right. I spent over $10,000 of my own money to make our final prototype.
After a few weeks of testing we started sourcing suppliers and factories in China. This part took a while but finally we were able to get production ready. Once we raise the funds, the factory is ready to take our first batch order. We also found a local company here in the US to do the packaging.
iStroll Kid in the media
Risks and challenges
We have done our due diligence with the clamp attachment on different strollers. This was one of the most difficult part of the design to conquer. We spent days measuring as many different possible strollers in order to come up with an average size for the clamp. We are very confident with this part of the design. Regardless, we stand behind our guaranteed of refunding the product in case the clamp does not attach correctly to a stroller.
Delivery of a few iStroll Kid from China went smoothly. However, it will be interesting to see once we order our first batch. We are confident that our supplier will come through but until it happens we are not 100% sure. We do have a backup supplier just in case we run into problems, however if this happens it could delay delivery. This of course is worse case scenario. The supplier we are dealing with checked out on their referrals and we spoke to many customers of theirs who are 100% satisfied. We are confident moving forward and need your help with taking this next step.
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