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JSON and WiFi are two robot brothers, who want to be nerdy just like their mother. A board book and animated eBook teaching binary. Read more

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JSON and WiFi are two robot brothers, who want to be nerdy just like their mother. A board book and animated eBook teaching binary.

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The Tartan - Carnegie Mellon
The Tartan - Carnegie Mellon

"Even though A Robot Story requires an extensive comprehension of computer science to produce, it teaches children how to count to 10 in binary simplistically. It is the first book of its kind on the market, and it is only fitting that an alumna of Carnegie Mellon’s renowned computer science program would be the one to write it."

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Technical.ly Baltimore

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Hi, I’m Lisa, but computers call me 01001100 01101001 01110011 01100001. I’m a mom, of twins! AND a computer scientist.

I am passionate about computers, and I can tell my sons are too.  Every year, there are over 12,000 new computer science graduates in the United States alone.  In the next 10 years, the department of labor statistics projects the number of software engineers to grow twice as fast as the average profession.  Without a doubt, my kids will be using computers in some fashion in their future careers.  

When I started learning how to write code at Carnegie Mellon University, I had to learn some new languages. Some of which I wished I had learned earlier. Children are genetically programmed to learn language, so why not start them early?

As a parent, I have board books scattered all over the house to teach my kids the alphabet and how to count to 10 - the foundations for reading and math.  I thought, why not also teach them the building blocks of computer languages?  So I decided to write a new type of kids book.

Meet JSON and WiFi, fraternal twin brothers who want to be nerdy… just like their mother. 

….She starts them with basics and has them begin, by counting in binary from zero to ten!

The book uses different types of switches to represent the 1’s and 0’s of binary, the code used by computers to store and process information.  In the ebook version, our little readers can interact with the switches to see how different binary inputs generate a numerical output.

While they learn to count to ten in binary, they will also enjoy traditional kiddie things, like bright colors and animated characters and backdrops.

But now I need your help!

By backing my kickstarter project you’re telling me that there is a demand for books like mine.  I’ll finish producing my animated ebook for android and ios, as well as a physical board book.

Back my project by buying a book for yourself, your kids, or as gifts for those scientists or engineers in your life.  

Below are some sneak peeks at the illustrations for the first few pages.

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Page 1
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Page 2
Page 3
Page 3
 

I've currently received all but two of the sketches and final illustrations for the pages from my illustrator.  He has also completed 5 pages of animations.  

JSON character sketch
JSON character sketch

The book will have 13 pages. It is written in a whimsical rhyming nature that will help readers to quickly recall how to count in binary.  The wording is very close to being complete with a few minor tweaks anticipated.  I have started coding the animated ebook.  With each page of animations I get from the illustrator, I convert the animations into an interactive page.  

I am writing the animated ebook using standard web technologies including, html5, css3, and javascript.  Leveraging open source technologies such as Apache Cordova and JQuery Mobile.  The illustrators are vector images done in Adobe Illustrator and the animations are being created using Adobe After Effects.  I am taking those animations and converting them into png sequences and css sprite sheets to complete the animation effect.  

Project Stretch Goals

I really wanted to create a board book that people who are interested in STEM careers can pick up and read, but who wouldn't want to see their characters come to life?!?  Plus, I'm a software engineer so It'd be against my DNA to create something that didn't have a technical flare to it.

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Also, the last page of the animated eBook will allow readers to turn on/off interactive buttons to see how the 1's and 0's convert to a decimal equivalent beyond just zero to ten.

A Board Book

Once the book is finished I will find a printer and get the book printed.  The book will resemble many high quality kid style board books out there and will have 13 pages.  All of the books sold through KickStarter will be signed by the author.  Currently I'm looking at board books that are 7 inches in height, thick pages, and a glossy finish.  But wait, there's more!  Every board book purchase also comes with an animated eBook.

An animated eBook

Watch the characters come to life in the form of an animated eBook that will be available from the Android PlayStore and the Apple AppStore.  Since the app is written with Apache Cordova I can publish to a number of mobile OS's.  If there is enough demand for another platform (add requests below), I can publish there as well.  The app will be published exclusively for KickStarter backers a month before the rest of the world gets access.  If you get the eBook as a reward, you'll be sent the promo code to use when you launch the app the first time. The code will be unique to you.  The app itself is based on a 4:3 aspect ratio so it is highly recommended that you use an hd device to view the app.  Smaller aspect ratio devices are not supported.

A T-shirt

Wear your support with a tshirt featuring the robot twins.  We're still working on the catchy slogan for the tshirt, so if you have ideas share them.  We'll pick the best to put on the shirts.  Current front runner: "There are 10 types of people in the world.  Those that can count in binary, and those that can't."  Above is just an example, not the final tshirt.

Geeky backers will receive TEN autographed books AND be recognized on our website as a Geeky Backer when you pledge $150 or more.  This is a great option for book stores that want to feature "A Robot Story".

Custom Character Drawing

My illustrator is incredibly talented, let him sketch a character for you!

Nerdy Backers get all of the above AND are recognized on our website as a Nerdy Backer when you pledge $500 or more. 

I grew up with dachshunds.  Our family wouldn't be a family without our wiener dog, Gracie.  

It only makes sense that the robot boys have a miniature doxie pet. 

Dachshund sketch
Dachshund sketch

 

 Illustrations for the book are being done by Constantine Petkun.  Constantine is an incredibly talented, 26 year old freelance illustrator from Latvia.  His characters have been described as "quirky", "cute" and "whimsical".  He is passionate about character design.

 Constantine is one of the most creative designers I have had the pleasure of working with.  Thank you Constantine!  Check out his portfolio here.

This book is for kids of all ages who want to learn binary or just like animated robots.  

1. Paying my awesome illustrator.

2. Publishing a board book and animated eBook and everything that goes along with publishing a book, like purchasing ISBN numbers.

Love,

My Little Robot Family

Credits:

Illustrations: Constantine Petkun

Video music: Renich.  Album, Nocturnal Overtures

Fonts: Life Savers by Pablo Impallari & Digital font by Coding4web-com

Risks and challenges

There are really only two minor risks that could cause a delay in getting the board books delivered to backers by the projected ship date: 1. the illustrations and 2. the printers.

Another risk could be if the apple app store doesn't accept the app.

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FAQ

  • As soon as the project ends I'll send out a survey to those people that got the t-shirt reward to ask for sizes. So the size is up to you... whatever size you want.

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  • Email me and I'll let you know what the shipping costs would be. You can also use the USPS calculator here: http://ircalc.usps.com/ Select "Priority Flat Rate Padded" for the envelope.

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  • Yes! Once the Kickstarter project is over I'll send out a survey to get shipping information. Just let me know then that it's going to be sent as a gift and any gift "message" you'd like me to include with the shipment.

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  • Feel free to send me a message directly if the reward you want isn't listed. I've had people ask me about getting multiple of a certain level. Ex. two board books. I'm totally fine with that. Just combine the prices for the awards and send me a message to let me know that you want n# of some award.

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  • Yes! I'm going to make this one happen for you guys!! If you'd like to volunteer to help be my tester send me a message.

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    Pledge $3 or more

    210 backers

    The eBook**** Download the animated eBook exclusively for KickStarter backers a month before the rest of the world has access on the android or apple store.

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    Stay informed with backers' updates throughout the Kickstarter campaign. Show your support with a like on Facebook. Post the link on Twitter or Google+. Tell your friends!

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    326 backers

    eBook & Board Book**** Receive a signed, first edition board book AND the animated eBook. (price includes shipping)

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    Only ships to: United States
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    5 backers

    A nerdy baby onesie "There are 10 choices. I'm either a boy or a girl". You pick the size (normal infant sizes) after funding.

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $25 or more

    4 backers

    T-Shirt**** A tshirt featuring the robot twins with a catchy/nerdy slogan. (price includes shipping)

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $35 or more

    70 backers

    eBook, Board Book, & T-shirt**** A signed, first edition board book, the animated eBook, and a tshirt featuring the robot twins with a catchy/nerdy slogan. (price includes shipping)

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $40 or more

    53 backers

    3 signed, first edition board books AND the animated eBook. Keep one for yourself and give the other two away as gifts. (price includes shipping)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $60 or more

    14 backers

    You'll not only get 3 signed, first edition board books and the animated eBook, but you'll also get a cool t-shirt featuring the robot twins with a catchy/nerdy slogan. (price includes shipping)

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    Only ships to: United States
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    Pledge $150 or more

    7 backers

    GEEKY*** 10 signed, first edition copies of the board book by the author, 3 animated eBooks, and 3 t-shirts featuring the robot twins with a catchy/nerdy slogan. PLUS, you will be recognized as a Geeky Supporter on our website. (price includes shipping)

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    NERDY*** All of the above AND my illustrator will draw a character for you! PLUS, you will be recognized as a Nerdy Supporter on our website. (price includes shipping)

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    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

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