SMART PUPPET - Build & learn interactive soft electronics
SMART PUPPET - Build & learn interactive soft electronics
Get both girls and boys learning tech by building their own tablet-interactive toy. Connecting virtual adventures to the real world!
Get both girls and boys learning tech by building their own tablet-interactive toy. Connecting virtual adventures to the real world! Read more
You all count to ensure the toy industry has great examples on how to ensure learning tech is highly engaging also for the girls. Please spread the word of this campaign. Reaching our goal and making a lot of noise will pressure many other brands to rethink their approach.
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I develop engaging DIY toys for both girls and boys at all ages. With the "Smart Puppet" you can learn electronics and build a new friend that brings your tablet adventures into the real world. The secret is in its "smart Paws" which allow the toy to navigate touch-screen devices.
I am a smart materials specialist and former MIT MLE researcher on wearable technology, a rapidly expanding world which made me realise that by combining electronics with textiles we can develop concepts that engage both girls and boys in a single activity.
Interactive and data collecting garments already exist even for babies. The question is, how are we preparing our children to understand the materials and technologies they will be surrounded by in the future? Can educational toys of this kind ensure gender equality?
In the UK only 8% of engineers are women, a figure that has not changed in 20 years. I wish for both girls and boys to feel confident and comfortable when working together in technological environments, and this is why I developed ZippyKit.
- THE SMART PUPPET -
A new friend that interacts with tablets connecting your adventures with the real world.
No tools or previous skills required, you can build it wherever you are and take it wherever you wish.
I have developed a unique textile linking system that requires no sewing, avoiding the use of dangerous needles and quickly showing children how a 2D shape turns into a 3D object. A very important part of understanding volumes, space and mathematics.
Once your Smart Puppet is built you can play your favourite games on a tablet. Make music, draw, learn your abcs, explore maps, from your neighbourhood to the corners of the universe and even get together to read your favourite stories while its Smart Paws pass the pages of an e-book.
***ENJOY IT ALREADY THIS CHRISTMAS!***
Help us reach our target fast and get your eRudolf Smart Puppet on time for Christmas. Spread the word!
- BIG SUPPORTERS -
Check out the Smart Puppet rocking Daft Punk!! :
- WHAT PARENTS SAY -
A recent study found that 1 in 5 British children under the age of 5 have access to tablets at home, and 1 in 10 could operate the devices before their 2nd birthday.
parents are concerned about the long-term impact of children’s exposure to smart devices. Children seem to loose interest in playing with actual toys as they discover the digital world. The smart puppet unfolds your child’s creativity beyond the tablet into all of their adventures engaging them again with the imaginary world of story telling and friendship.
By building their new friend themselves, children not only gain confidence in their ability to create something technological and interactive, but also develop a long lasting attachment to their toy.
While gender equality is promoted within the classroom the current toy market rarely allows parents to bring this shared experience home to be enjoyed by all members of the family.
Approaching technology for the first time can be challenging but easier when using means that children are already interested in, making learning an outcome rather than the initial goal of the activity. What’s more, children and parents can learn about technology together.
- SMART PUPPET OPTIONS -
JUNIOR Jr - Is the only Smart Puppet suitable for all ages, it has smart paws and no small parts, LEDs, voice recorder or batteries. It comes in size XS or S for children only, unless you are getting the GOLDEN Limited Editon, which comes in all sizes.
BLINKY - Is like Jr with added blinking eyes (LEDs) Once you put it together, the smart paws interact with your tablet as well as acting as a switch making the Smart Puppet eyes blink when its paws clap together. *For the eRudolf special edition, it is the red nose what blinks.
CHATTY - Is like Jr with the added capability for recording and playing back a message, as many times as you wish. It has Smart Paws like Jr and Blinky but also Smart Ears! When these come together you can whisper a message into the toy and play it back every time the smart paws clap together. Record messages before leaving for work, or use it to teach reading or a new language, it can also help you get your child away from the tablet by pretend the puppet got tired and saying "I'm sleepy" ... Endless possibilities!
SMART PUPPET SIZES (you don't need to choose this yet, we will get in touch with exact measures before shipping):
XS = 0-3 years old
S = 4-6 years old
M = 7-Adult medium (usually teens or women, most men too)
L = Large (usually for some men with larger hands)
- 2015 REWARDS -
About Loopin, our first creation:
Loopin, a little monster that has made it very big this year, being awarded by the Duke of York and winning children’s hearts all over the world.
- ELENA PRESENTING AT YOUR EVENT -
Elena is a multi awarded designer who travels globally giving presentations and workshops on smart materials, wearable technology, interactive fashion and eco-design. She teaches at university, advises teenage startups and is also a renowned inspirational speaker encouraging women in tech.
From the Apple Store to TEDx, her experience and engaging presentations will give your guests deep food for though with interesting debates Q&A sessions.
- WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT -
All ZippyKit toys are designed, prototyped and manufactured in the UK, we want to keep it this way and by growing to our next level with your help, we can purchase our own equipment that enables design flexibility, customisation of sizes, bespoke designs with your Child's names and much more, all in house. The "Made in Britain" quality stamp and reputation is key to our brand values and loyal customers. We wish to inspire companies and the toy industry to remain local and competitive as well as delivering a more personal experience to our children.
ZippyKit brings both girls and boys closer to understanding the technologies they will be surrounded by in the future, we want to also inspire them by showing that those technologies are both invented and produced at home.
With your help, we can make smart puppet reach homes and children hearts all around the world!
I am passionate about making STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) accessible to everyone.
Understanding technology has opened so many doors in my career. Help the smart puppet come to life and inspire children to pursue a promising future.
The next step is in your hands!
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