About this project
Introducing Pixlplay. Turn your smartphone into a fun kids' camera!
It’s easy – simply place your Apple or Android device into Pixlplay to take photos and create fun effects with the included activities and app. Pixlplay protects your device and encourages active and creativity play through photography!
Pixlplay works with most standard size smartphones including:
- iPhone 7, 6s, 6, 5, SE, 5s, 5c, 4, 4s and iPod Touch
- Most Android phones including Samsung S7, S6, S5, Google Pixel (See FAQs for full list)
- Comparable sized smartphones with a maximum dimensions of 5.59 x 2.95 x 0.374 inches (142 x 75 x 9.5 mm)
Note: iPhone 7 requires the Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter included with your device to work the shutter button (optional). Some Android phones require setting up the camera shutter to be controlled by the volume button. Also works with Windows mobile devices.
We will offer two colors of the Pixlplay camera. Backers will vote half way through the campaign to choose and we'll ship the top two colors. Check the updates for the final color selection.
Let's make use of all those smartphones!
At this point, most families have an old smartphone (or two!) sitting in a junk drawer somewhere. Let’s get those smartphones into the hands of kids in a way that encourages photography and active play.
Smartphones have made photography a normal part of our daily life. Smartphones have become the gateway into photography for very young kids as well. Kids are eager to shoot their own photos and play with images. Pixlplay teaches photography while safely containing your phone.
“I love that you can make use of my old phone and encourage photography!”
- Erin (mom of 5, 7 and 9 year old)
“I wish I had this for my recent trip! We ended up buying a kids digital camera that took terrible quality photos and is going to a landfill.”- Larissa (mom of 6 and 9 year old)
“My kids always want to play with the smartphone, but this gets them to do it in a way that isn’t just about screen time!”
- Jake (Dad of 3 and 5 year old)
- EASY to use! Almost no learning curve since kids and parents already know how to use the smartphone camera!
- Helps PROTECT your phone. It is durable, dirtproof and features rubber grips for those little hands. Protective screen allows you to still access the smartphone screen as you normally would (including slots for the home button and rear camera - for most phone sizes).
- Encourages ACTIVE play. Kids immediately want to take photos in the real world when they play with the Pixlplay camera.
- Encourages CREATIVE play and TEACHES PHOTOGRAPHY with included activities.
- QUALITY images and LED screen on your smartphone will take substantially better photographs than digital toy cameras on the market!
- Includes companion iOS app. Also works with your existing camera app and any photography app available in the app or Google Play store. If our stretch goals are successfully funded, Pixlplay will include activity cards, a sticker sheet and an Android app!
It's ideal for…
- Toddlers. Pixlplay will be tested for kids ages 3+. Pixlplay helps protect your phone from your youngest of kids and the rubber handle helps improve dexterity and fine motor skills.
- Ages 3-5. The working shutter button and knobs with clicking sound teach cause-effect connection and the included activities teach cognitive skills and creative expression.
- Ages 6+. Photography is very popular among kids ages 6-9 and the Pixlplay™ activities teach kids about the fundamentals of photography.
- Even adults! The classic 35mm camera design appeals to everyone!
Because we hit the $50,000 stretch goal, we will include a sticker sheet like the one pictured below with each Pixlplay camera so kids can decorate and personalize their camera.
Share our Kickstarter Campaign and get 2 FREE activity sheets: Park Photo Scavenger Hunt and Photo Booth Activity. These activities promote active play with photography! In order to get your free activity sheets, click the button below:
- Simple design to explore, play and create through photography
- Edit your photos and make silly faces with digital stickers including hats, mustache, glasses, wigs and more!
- Light bulb photo activity generator
- No advertising!
- Requires iOS 8 and up.
❤️ Note for Android & Windows users: Pixlplay is compatible with all Android & Windows camera apps
Our first design looked very much like a kids' toy. After several focus groups, we realized kids -- and parents -- want their toys to look more like the real thing! What resulted was a design that is both sophisticated and fun. It gives a nod back to the past with a classic 35mm look including film advance knobs while having a playful look to appeal to kids.
Exterior Dimensions (at furthest points): 7 x 4.5 x 2.68 inches (179 x 115 x 68 mm)
Interior Dimensions (maximum outside phone dimensions):
- Largest = 5.59 x 2.91 x 0.374 inches (142 x 74 x 9.5 mm).
- Smallest = 4.54 x 2.31 x 0.26 inches (115.2 x 58.6 x 6.5 mm)
Pixl Toys is on a mission to make toys that make use of the smartphone while encouraging creative and active play. This is not about one toy. Our vision is to build a range of products that embrace the power of technology to inspire real-world play, teach problem solving and encourage creativity. We are enthusiastic partners of your child’s learning journey and are keen to see them build a strong foundation in these important early years. Our goal is to create a line of toys and companion apps that foster unique experiences for children.
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With support from someone like you - who appreciates big ideas with a lot of heart, we can make use of all those old phones and get them into the hands of kids to actively explore the world.Any help will be appreciated forever! Thank YOU!
Risks and challenges
We have self financed all the development to date and have been working hard to perfect Pixlplay. Design, packaging, prototyping and app UI/ UX is done and we are eager to proceed to manufacturing, which is why we need your help. We have a reputed manufacturer with over 35 years experience in the toy industry and have scheduled the manufacturing. With your help we can finish tooling, safety certification and manufacturing.
While we do not anticipate any major issues, the major challenges that lie ahead are related to manufacturing, logistics and app development if we meet our stretch goals.
There may be slight variations in the shape and colors based on our transition from the prototypes used in the photos and video to the final manufactured product.
There may be changes to the final dimensions or specifications of some of the parts as we optimize the design for production and / or adhere to standards.
There is the possibility that the delivery of the product to our contributors may be delayed due to unforeseen product changes that require additional development or addition to the scope of our manufacturing timeline.
There is the possibility that the delivery of the product to our contributors may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances in international shipping and logistics.
Shipments may be subject to import duties and other local taxes.
If there are any changes to Pixlplay, we will communicate these changes to our contributors in a timely manner.
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