This holiday season, give your kids access to 60,000+ app games and take back your smartphone. Everyone wins with the affordable MG. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on September 28, 2012.
About this project
" . . . PlayMG targets parents who want to wrest control of their smartphone or tablet from their children." USA TODAY
" . . . we spent some time with a fully configured device and found it exceedingly easy." Engadget
" MG: Handheld Android Gaming Device to take on Apple,Sony, Nintendo." Forbes
"MG is in an interesting area." Gaming International
"MG! Be the Cool Mom this Christmas." Yellow Tennesse Mom Blog
A Gaming Solution for Families - Kids Will Love, Parents Will Appreciate
Let's face it, every kid/tween/teen wants a smartphone . . . not to talk on, but for games and other apps on the internet. And every parent would like to be able to stop giving their smartphone to their nagging kids. This was the inspiration behind MG. It is a new solution for those who want their own portable, pocketable device to play app games on; but without the big expense of packaged video games or the monthly data plans that come with smartphones. We have designed MG to be affordable, even after you buy the device, for the 63 million kids 5 -19 years old (approximately 52 million of which do not own a smartphone), who are among the heaviest game users, and for their parents who usually end up paying the bills. Take a look at what we discovered:
Ultra-Sleek, Big 4" Inch Touch-Screen Gaming Device
The MG is an ultra-sleek, pocketable game device with a big 4" inch touch-screen that will connect you to the massive Android gaming world via Wi-Fi. The MG is light and features ergonomically designed rounded ends, perfect for two thumb, touch-screen gaming.
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Unlimited Freemium App Games
The digital game marketplace has seen explosive growth in the past year. The Google Android market now has over 60,000 Freemium games and includes all the major game houses. Kids and teens have quickly recognized this trend and are enjoying their favorite games, as well as leveling-up with Freemium micro-payments in their games.
Family Collaboration System
As parents ourselves, we understand that letting your kids explore the internet can be a little scary. We also know that trying to put controls on them and their devices will never work . . . they are too technically sophisticated and will hack their way around them. So we decided to use a "Trust but Verify" approach. We have designed and developed a proprietary notification function called "Remote Trust". The feature allows parents to set-up and view their kid's activity (downloads, purchases, what they are playing, and even time spent on the MG device) from a distance. Add your email to the system at set-up and then you can receive updates on your computer or smartphone about your child's MG activity.
BillMyParents "SpendSmart" prepaid MasterCard
While parents and kids alike are enjoying the convenience of buying and downloading apps for just about everything, your kids don't have the credit cards required to make these app transactions. So what do they do? You got it, they load up good size monthly bills on their parent's credit card . . . $.99+ at a time. MG has partnered with BillMyParents - the Responsible Teen Spending Company - to provide an integrated "digital wallet" solution. This feature will allow parents to set up a specific reloadable debit account for their teens right on the MG device. The account can be linked to the parent's credit card or bank account for easy replenishment, and then create "game allowances" that the teen can use for micro-transactions. No more being bothered every time your child wants to make a $.99 purchase. When the money is spent, you can have another discussion with your child and a process for financial management is created. (BillMyParents is only available in the US market).
The BillMyParents SpendSmart MasterCard is issued by University National Bank, member FDIC, pursuant to license by MasterCard International Incorporated. MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated.
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Game Developers - We Want You
We are focused on providing the best portable gaming ecosystem on the market. Whether you are a big shop or two guys in a garage - who codes in a garage? - we want you to be part of the future of PlayMG. We're going to make decisions on hardware and software down the line specifically for you - the game developers. Join us in our game developer council and you'll be involved in everything we do from the start.
PlayMG is a start-up, created in July of 2012, with a very simple cause: to give life "More Game" by fueling the "Redesign of Gaming". Our team has been able to rapidly design and develop the MG Gaming Solution and is ready for delivery this 2012 Holiday selling season. We are now on our fourth and final prototype: working on quality assurance testing, in the process of obtaining FCC Certification, and securing all of the final requirements to go into production and then to market. As a small company, we can innovate where the Big Players can't, but we need your support to do it.
Recently there have been questions about projects actually being able to deliver their product to supporters. PlayMG, however, has a tremendous amount of experience bringing electronics products to market, and we have strong strategic partners in place to help us execute our plan.
We have partnered with ACTSCOM USA, to help design and development our MG device. Between 2008-2011 ACTSCOM designed, contract manufactured, and brought to market over 5 million feature phones, smartphones, and broadband modems.
We have also partnered with CJ Tech, a multi-billion dollar EMS manufacturing company based in Korea with manufacturing facilities in both Korea and China. The MGs will be made at CJ Tech's manufacturing facilities in Dalian, China. ACTSCOM has a five year working relationshp with CJ Tech which is important and helpful since we have been moving pretty quickly.
PlayMG is working with Amazon to take care of our fulfillment and logistics for this holiday season to deliver your MGs on time.
Thank you for your consideration and support of MG!
MG Device Specs
- 4" WVGA (480x800) Capacitive Touch
- TCC8925 Cortex A5 processor at 1GHz.
- 1GB RAM/4GB of internal flash storage
- 1880mAh battery (3.75+ hours - Play time; 4 days+ - Idle time)
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- 1.3MP front-facing camera for still image and video capture
- Stereo headset jack
- Micro SD card slot for expandable memory
- Micro USB 2.0 HS
- Gyroscope, Compass, Accelerometer sensors
Yes. The MG is focused on gaming but built on the Android 4.0 operating system and comes with all of the features available on that platform. That means you can read books, listen to music, watch video, stream radio, use chat and voice apps, email, have a calendar, and on and on.
One note - we cannot guarantee that all apps will be available for the MG on the Play Store at launch because some won’t be upgraded to 4.0 or may take some time to register the device. That being said, the MG sits right in the sweet spot of the Android ecosystem so the majority of apps on the Play Store will be available.
In our first 24 hours we have already had many pledges placed from around the world, including: Canada, Malaysia, Brazil, South Korea, and France. As such, we are asking the KS community to help pool resources on international shipping with a flat rate of $30 . . . some will pay a little more than their actual final shipping costs, and some will pay less. Since we don’t know where you live when you make your pledge it is very hard to adjust each international shipping cost to your specific country. Thanks for helping everyone, around the world, have an opportunity to own one of the first MGs.
Yes. We will ship you two, three, or four devices if you multiply your pledge accordingly. We know there are families out there who need more than one.
However, this is not a way to bulk order devices and in keeping well within Kickstarter guidelines we will not ship more than four devices to anyone who pledges larger multiple amounts.
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