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Tactile and digital gameplay unified to bring out the best of STEM learning
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Tactile and digital gameplay unified to bring out the best of STEM learning
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A gaming system fuelled with the power of augmented reality that comes with four gaming kits: Quest, Count, Link and Steer.

Designed for kids between the ages of 5 and 11 years, each kit comes with many exciting educational games that are conceptualized to make your child learn, play and have fun—all at the same time.

The gamepad is compatible with multiple iOS and Android (Samsung) tablets and smartphones, iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and more. Check out the details below. No wires, no electronics or additional hardware; our gaming system requires minimum effort to set-up and play. 

Your pledge will help us convert our 3D printed prototypes into a robust and durable toy that will be loved (WE KNOW, for sure) by everyone.

Did you know that children spend at least two hours in front of a screen every day? With rapid advancements being made in technology, screen time is inevitable. But we, at PlayShifu, have made it worthwhile.

With Plugo, your child can interact and play using various kits. They won’t even realize they’re learning math, vocabulary, dexterity, logical reasoning, critical thinking and so much more.

We sent prototypes of Plugo to educators and parents from around the world to put our thought and hard work to test. The feedback we received from them was more than overwhelming.

“Kids get tangible manipulatives where they can touch that will control the screen and the characters on the screen. This is a refreshing new take on how devices can be used in classrooms or at home. Very neat idea.” - Eric Rush | Alternate 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year | Dad of 3

“An awesome addition to any elementary classroom. Plugo offers the ability to learn different skills for students. It brings maths to life and can definitely be integrated into STEM time.” - Elizabeth Mundt, 4th-grade teacher

“Woohoo! That was fun!” - Kenai and Keiden, Age 6

 "With critical thinking being part of everything, Plugo will really help my soon-to-be-first-grader..."  - Brenda Gomez, Mom of 3

   
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We know your child's development does not come easy. We are only trying to help. 

Once your child starts to play on Plugo, your child’s growth and development will be mapped via the challenges and problems in the game. Updated weekly and monthly, you will be the recipient of Plugo’s in-depth progress report that will give you a window into their brain along with information to help you take them to the next level.

The gamepad is compatible with multiple iOS and Android (Samsung) tablets and smartphones, iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and more.

                                  
          

Other than endless hours of hard work and love that went into making Plugo, here’s what makes it sweeter:

  • Easy to store - The pillar of our gaming system—the Gamepad is foldable, making it space-friendly and easy to store, without adding on to the clutter of your child’s toy room. 
  • Recycled plastic - All Plugo toys will be manufactured with recycled plastic without using toxic paint, making Plugo eco-friendly. 
  • Safety first - Ensuring the safety of your child is paramount to us. We ensured that the magnets are embedded inside each part to make sure the kits are safe for play. 
  • Robust and durable - We are conducting multiple rounds of design and testing to ensure that our toys endure rigorous use.

Plugo is our next innovation that we conceptualized after completing a successful Kickstarter campaign for our AR globe, Orboot. We create award-winning AR-based educational toys to illuminate your child's mind and, much like Orboot, Plugo will fire up your child's imagination using STEM.

After multiple rounds of developing, testing with children, incorporating feedback and upgrading – did we finally come up with Plugo.

Undoubtedly, Plugo is not a dream. It is now a reality.

We saw ourselves paving a path for children to learn in this tech-centered world so we launched Orboot on Kickstarter last year. The tremendous support we got from Kickstarter inspired us to come back again with a hope that our new educational toy, Plugo will steal hearts too.

Just like Orboot, Plugo will make learning super fun by using technology that children are already familiar with.

The funds raised during this campaign will help us place initial orders with our manufacturer. Every dollar counts towards making sure your child is learning while playing.

Vivek Goyal & Dinesh Advani are batchmates from IIT Kharagpur and worked at Procter & Gamble together. Vivek went ahead to pursue an MBA from Stanford GSB and found his passion in building products in the domain of local commerce and mobile apps. Dinesh has more than 10 years of expertise in the field of business planning and development, manufacturing and logistics!

Both are tech enthusiasts at heart and awesome parents pursuing their passion through PlayShifu. They pulled together a passionate team of early learning experts, innovators and technologists that fit together like puzzle pieces. Their aim is to make every experience exciting and meaningful for kids and strive to give the best.

1. For each kit, we plan to enrich Plugo’s digital gaming experience by launching new games via app updates. We also plan to introduce higher levels in the game – with each accomplishment of your child, the next level of digital play becomes more challenging. This ensures that your child never stops learning.

2. We plan to create many more tactile interactive gaming kits in the future. So when we say Plugo is a gaming system, we mean that we will create a gaming galaxy where your child never stops playing & learning.

We can’t thank you enough for checking out our project and helping us make Plugo a reality.

If you believe in Plugo, helps us spread the word.

   

Risks and challenges

We successfully delivered our last project, Orboot and learned a lot in the process. We already have prototypes of Plugo and have zeroed down on the manufacturing partners. We are confident about delivering Plugo on time. Having said that, there are always some uncertainties and risks associated with any project but we are ready with mitigation and backup plans.

We will keep the updates flowing throughout the project and be in touch with you. We are excited to see Plugo in your hands so that you can experience the quality for yourself and kids can feel the magic.

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    Contribution big or small, they all matter as every cent will help us make Plugo a living reality. For every dollar contributed, a percentage of the amount will be used to provide underprivileged children with education.

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    ONE PLUGO KIT - EARLY BIRD

    Get 1 Plugo Kit of your choice (choose after the campaign ends).

    Will retail for: $60 | 42% off the retail price

    Includes:
    • 1 Plugo Gamepad
    • 1 Plugo Kit of your choice
    • Plugo app with 4 digital games
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    ONE PLUGO KIT

    Get 1 Plugo Kit of your choice (choose after the campaign ends).

    Will retail for: $60 | 25% off the retail price

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    • 1 Plugo Kit of your choice
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    2 PLUGO KITS - EARLY BIRD

    Get 2 Plugo Kits of your choice (choose after the campaign ends).

    Will retail for: $100 | 34% off the retail price

    Includes:
    • 2 Plugo Kits of your choice
    • 1 Plugo Gamepad
    • Plugo app with 8 digital games
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    2 PLUGO KITS

    Get 2 Plugo Kits of your choice (choose after the campaign ends).

    Will retail for: $100 | 20% off the retail price

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    • 1 Plugo Gamepad
    • Plugo app with 8 digital games
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    ALL 4 PLUGO KITS - EARLY BIRD

    Get all 4 Plugo Kits! Four times the fun, four times the learning. This deal can't get any sweeter.

    Will retail for: $175 | 43% off the retail price

    Includes:
    • 4 Plugo Kits
    • 1 Plugo Gamepad
    • Plugo app with all 16 digital games
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    ALL 4 PLUGO KITS

    Get all 4 Plugo Kits! Four times the fun, four times the learning.

    Will retail for: $175 | 32% off the retail price

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    • 1 Plugo Gamepad
    • Plugo app with all 16 digital games
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    CLASSROOM PACK - ALL 4 PLUGO KITS x2

    Get 2 sets of all 4 Plugo Kits and 2 Gamepads. Perfect for classrooms and small groups.

    Will retail for: $350 | 46% off the retail price

    Includes:
    • 8 Plugo Kits
    • 2 Plugo Gamepad
    • Plugo app with all 16 digital games
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    SCHOOL PACK - ALL 4 PLUGO KITS X5

    Get 5 sets of all 4 Plugo Kits and 5 Gamepads. Perfect for schools.

    Will retail for: $875 | 54% off the retail price

    Includes:
    • 20 Plugo Kits
    • 5 Gamepads
    • Plugo app with all 16 digital games
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    STEM CLUB - ALL 4 PLUGO KITS x15

    Get 15 sets of all 4 Plugo Kits and 15 Gamepads. Perfect for your club, library or academy!

    Will retail for: $2625 | 62% off the retail price

    Includes:
    • 60 Plugo Kits
    • 15 Gamepads
    • Plugo app with all 16 digital games
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