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Alphabet blocks that magically interact with mobile devices
to bring FUN & bilingual games to preschoolers.
Alphabet blocks that magically interact with mobile devices to bring FUN & bilingual games to preschoolers.
116 backers pledged $14,232 to help bring this project to life.

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AlphaTechBlocks are alphabet blocks that magically interact with mobile devices to bring bilingual educational games to preschoolers that are both engaging and FUN.

Imagine if you could only buy one toy for your baby for the first 5 years of their life…what would that be? 

It would be AlphaTechBlocks! 

Learning & playing from 6 months to 6 years.
Learning & playing from 6 months to 6 years.

Your baby or toddlers can play with AlphaTechBlocks safely at six months as they would traditional wooden blocks. Traditional block play is important in developing fine motor skills and learning about the physical world through stacking and other creative play. 

AlphaTechBlocks begin as traditional blocks, and then as your child grows into a preschooler, they become a tactile digital toy. With our beginning apps, your child will learn sounds along with their ABC’s.  Our more advanced apps offer interactive games that will teach them new words, new languages and the basic reading skills. 

  

Playing & learning in English & Spanish.
Playing & learning in English & Spanish.

 

AlphaPlay allows for open play & discovery.
AlphaPlay allows for open play & discovery.

 

AlphaFish - nothing fishy about matching letters.
AlphaFish - nothing fishy about matching letters.

 

Love letter L!
Love letter L!

AlphaTechBlocks are made of safe and non-toxic rubber-like materials. They do not use Bluetooth®, electronics, Wi-Fi or other fallible technologies. Instead, a capacitive component enables the natural electric current of human touch to activate its technology. When your child places the block on the screen using one of our apps, touch points on the bottom of the block recognize the letter and trigger an entertaining story or learning experience.  Our proprietary design and technology is PATENT PENDING. 

 

 

 

While the blocks themselves are safe enough to be one of your baby's first toys, our AlphaTechBlocks apps are designed for a child to start enjoying at 18 months. Our AlphaPlay app promotes open play as your child explores letters and sounds.  Our AlphaFish app is a letter matching game that makes learning letters .  We have AlphaTreasure and additional apps in development that will entertain and educate up to a child 6 years of age.

  

Here is a peek at our AlphaPlay app, where your child can explore the sounds of different letters, learn words in English and Spanish and recognize the words in the context of a silly sentence:

In our AlphaFish app your child learns letter identification by matching blocks to funny fish letters.  Dive in below to see:


Here is a list of the iPads compatible with our blocks and mobile apps:

  • iPad Pro 
  • iPad Air 2 
  • iPad Air 4th generation 
  • iPad 3rd generation 
  • iPad 
  • iPad 2 
  • iPad mini 4 
  • iPad mini 3 
  • iPad mini 2 
  • iPad mini

Our long term goals include offering mobile apps for our blocks on as many devices as possible. We started with an iPad® due to our past expertise and the Apple eco-system that allows for us to easily build apps for most generations of iPad®. 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Our mission is to bring your child an AMAZING & EDUCATIONAL first digital adventure! 

 

 

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Your ideas and input are invaluable to us. We purposely chose the innovative Kickstarter community so that we can create a community of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, educators and digital enthusiasts who understand the power of sharing ideas and providing constructive feedback and suggestions.

We will look to our early adopters to help us improve our initial apps and to create apps that families and kids will love. Some great ideas are already on our office “Idea White Board” from our first early-round testers. 

As a team of mobile app developers and educators, nothing makes us happier than to know that families love our apps and want more new apps for our AlphaTechBlocks.

We are a seasoned business and tech team who have invested our own monies and attracted mission-oriented investors. We have our US manufacturing process ready to go. We are raising monies through Kickstarter to buy material inventory for our first mass production run, to hire illustrators and graphic artists and fund the final stages of the app development process for our third app. Any funds in excess of our Kickstarter goal will go to develop future apps for our AlphaTechBlocks.

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have been working for almost three years on AlphaTechBlocks. In our process, we have built a strong support network/team of engineers, early childhood experts, and mobile app software developers.

Our Biggest Risk and Challenge is Behind Us.
Manufacturing is the biggest challenge in a hardware/software product. We chose to make sure that we have our manufacturing process mapped out and in place before we launched through Kickstarter in 2017. We have final samples from our injection molds tested and our AlphaTechBlocks work beautifully. Our US manufacturer, Blue Ring Technologies is experienced in manufacturing infant products to meet child safety standards in their facility. Blue Ring is ready to start production as early as late September. The hardware component of our product is complete.

Software risks.
The remaining risks are related to our software and are low risk items in which challenges are easy to remedy. We have completed our first app, we have our second app in development and our third app is in the conceptual stage. We will have our first two apps submitted to the Apple store by the end of September. We expect to have our third app completed and submitted to the Apple store by the time we ship our AlphaTechBlocks in mid-November.

We are a team of three mobile app developers working in conjunction with our educational advisor, contract illustrators and music consultant. We have worked out a process whereby we will be able to produce a new mobile app for our AlphaTechBlocks every other month starting in January of 2018 and continuing throughout next summer. Thereafter, our goal is to produce a new game or story for our blocks every six weeks. After our Kickstarter and the 2017 holiday season, we will be dependent on continuing sales in order to fund our ongoing app development.

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    2 sets of AlphaTechBlocks (27 bilingual letter blocks) with 3 included apps AND all FUTURE AlphaTechBlocks apps are FREE. (one set of blocks retails for $65)

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    AlphaTechBlocks (27 bilingual letter blocks) with 3 included apps and all FUTURE AlphaTechBlocks apps are FREE (retails for $65) AND all four books in the Pepe Loves Books series PLUS a Peppet (Pepe character puppet)

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    Your Child as a Character in Our App

    Your child's name or nickname and cartoon character (drawn by our illustrator using photograph you provide) will be featured as a sponsor in one of our future AlphaTechBlocks apps (App 4 through App 8). Includes framed picture of child character signed by illustrator.

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