Thanks so much for making our Kickstarter campaign a success! You can continue to follow us and sign up for early access at www.storied.us
The goal of Storied is to make the process of capturing and sharing meaningful family stories easy and accessible for people of all ages. With the app installed on your iPad*, you can easily scan in printed photos directly from the iPad, or import them from popular networks like Facebook, and then record interviews with yourself or your family about the events in the photo.
Storied will automatically create mini-documentaries from the images and allow you to share them with the tap of a button to social networks, or share privately among family members via email. The stories will also be archived on our Storied.us site, where they can be accessed privately or shared with the Storied community. The basic version of the app will be free, and you don't have to be a paid member of the Storied.us site to use the app or share videos via e-mail. In addition, supporters of our Kickstarter campaign at any level will get access to a special version of the app with all premium features unlocked (special filters, select soundtracks, etc).
In the past four months we went from concept and prototype to testing with users, iterating on our initial ideas and improving the product along the way. Now we need your help. We need funding to complete the refined version of the app, and add features that we feel will make the mini-documentaries even more compelling, like animated panning of images (the "Ken Burns effect"), and background music effects.
(*we'll be building the app for other platforms including iPhone soon, see FAQ below).
Storied was inspired by two people, Don Larson and Jay Rabinovitz, family and friends of co-founders Eli Woolery and Rylan Peery.
Don is Eli's father-in-law, and was diagnosed 3 years ago with Alzheimer's disease. Don's daughter Kathy put together a photo memoir for her dad, and the benefits from it were huge, both for Don and for the family. Don was able to sit down with the book and reminisce about people and events that he would have trouble recalling in conversation; the family was able to capture stories from Don's younger years that would otherwise have been lost as his dementia progressed.
Jay is Rylan’s dear family friend who recently passed away. Jay, to all who knew him, was a consummate storyteller with the life experiences to make for riveting tales.
We have a fantastic team based in Palo Alto, California, and New York who are already hard at work building this product. With experience building apps for big clients like Genentech and Kaiser Permanente, we know how to execute- now we just need your support to cross the finish line. Here's our plan:
With your help, we can bring Storied to families across the world who want to capture and share their stories. Thank you for helping us accomplish our mission!
We have a lot of great rewards lined up for our supporters, including everything from writing a custom soundtrack for your stories, to sending a team out to help you collect your families stories for an entire week!
Below are are few of the rewards that we wanted to highlight (note that the designs below are conceptual prototypes, final designs may change slightly):
For those pledging at the $25 level, we have a beautiful silkscreened Storied Poster (above), designed in collaboration by Eli and Rylan's wife, Jessica, and signed by Eli & Rylan. The quote is from Japanese poet Matsuo Basho.
For those supporting us at the $50 level, we have an über-chic Storied T-shirt (above), printed (design on the back) on 100% organic cotton and made with love.
For our Storied Chroniclers (those supporting us at the $250 level), we'll put together a custom printed hardcover book using the captions and narratives that you capture while using Storied (up to 10 stories). You'll also get the poster and the shirt, and your stories will be listed in a special section of our Storied.us site.
Please check out our other wonderful rewards for backers of all levels to the right, and thank you so much for your support!
Will there be an option for collaborative building between different users, or are stories put together by one user?
We definitely see collaboration between family members and friends as the heart of Storied, and as such will be building collaborative features into both the Storied.us site and the app. Because we want to focus on creating a great initial user experience for the launch of the Storied, the first version of the app will have limited collaborative features, but these will grow and be enhanced over subsequent releases.
The basic version of the app will be free, and you don't have to be a paid member of the Storied.us site to use the app or share videos via e-mail. In addition, supporters of our Kickstarter campaign at any level will get access to a special version of the app with all premium features unlocked (things like special filters, soundtracks, etc).
Initially we are developing the app for Apple iPads (versions running iOS 5+); we'll be following with iPhone and Android versions of the app. If we meet our funding goal early, we will have iPhone development as a stretch goal.
We take privacy very seriously at Storied. We want to make it easy for users to control the privacy of each individual story, and be able to specify exactly who they want the story shared with, whether only between family members or more broadly on social networks. Part of the Kickstarter funds will be used to make the privacy controls on our app even more intuitive and robust.
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