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By Tom G.
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About this project

The StoryAfter my son was born, my wife and I found ourselves spending entirely too much money on toys for him since he got tired of everything so quickly. I wanted to create a toy that was able to grow-up alongside a child, where parents could change the behavior of the toy depending on the age and preferences of their child. Last summer I created TeeGee, a smart stuffed animal capable of playing games, telling stories, and interacting with its environment through smart accessories and speech recognition. Parents could download apps to change TeeGee's behavior (e.g. Spanish and math educational apps, Battle games, etc.) and customize TeeGee for their particular child. The project was featured on NPR, The Daily Progress, and CNBC.com, and will be exhibited at Toy Fair 2012 in February.

The Kickstarter Project
The prototypes we built last summer were expensive (they had a computer in them!), so we want to redesign them to make them cheaper. We decided to re-engineer them to use parents' existing iPhones and iPod Touches to make the cost of the toy much cheaper. We're using Kickstarter to fund this redesign and see who wants one of these crazy things!

How does TeeGee work?

It's Easy!

  • Get TeeGee (iPhone version)
  • Download TeeGee apps from iTunes onto your iPhone or iPod Touch
  • Plug your iPhone or iPod Touch into TeeGee and zip it inside
  • (optional) Get smart accessories for even more fun!

Since TeeGee is app based, it's able to adapt to the changing preferences and abilities of your child simply by downloading new apps; parents won't be stuck with a toy that their child gets tired of after a few days. Using the power of the iPhone, TeeGee is able to perform sophisticated tasks like speech recognition, motion sensing, and information gathering using the iPhone's built in wireless internet connection. Also, since Apple is constantly coming out with new versions of the iPhone, parents can put their old iPhones in TeeGee that they're not using anymore.

What apps will you build?

The possibilities are endless. We hope to one day partner with other developers to produce an enormous catalog of apps. Right now here are some of the smart apps we're planning on creating:

  • Dynamic Stories (where kids make decisions to change the outcome)
  • Educational Games (Math, Science, History, Foreign Language)
  • Social Games With Friends
  • "Themed" Behaviors (For Holidays, Birthdays, etc.)

When the iPhone TeeGees ship this summer, they will be accompanied by a dynamic story application that makes use of TeeGee's Banana smart accessory.

What are Smart Accessories?
Smart accessories help bring TeeGee to life. They are small plush toys or small plastic cards embedded with a miniature chip that TeeGee can recognize (for you fellow geeks out there TeeGee uses RFID technology)

Sustainable Production
We're currently exploring the possibility of having TeeGee sustainably produced in the USA. The toy industry manufactures over 90% of their products in China without a thought of what happens to these products after children tire of them. We'd like to be able to take a different approach, and think that offering a "developmental" toy where parents can get a second use out of old iPhones is a good first step in this direction.

What are you doing with the money?
We're still building the iPhone version of TeeGee. We're raising money to fund our engineering, manufacturing, and toy certification costs. We expect to be able to ship our first batch of TeeGees in Summer 2012.

What are your qualifications?
Our team has graduate hardware engineering, software engineering and business experience from the University of Virginia and Duke University and have built complex projects like this in the past using Google Android.  Here are some pictures of the computer we built this summer used in the original prototypes. The iPhone version will be much simpler and easier to build.

Reward ($5): Sticker

Reward ($30): Kids T-Shirt

Reward ($40): Adult T-Shirt

Reward ($120): TeeGee (iPhone Version)

Contact Us
Have questions? Ask us! contact@teegee.me // www.facebook.com/TeeGeeToys // www.teegee.me

Patent Pending, TeeGee, LLC

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    [Pre-Order "Boy" TeeGee - iPhone version] Wow your child with the smartest stuffed animal around! We will ship you a "Boy" TeeGee (iPhone version) from our initial production run as well as TeeGee's favorite smart accessory (his Banana). Choose from Red, Blue, Green, Pink or Purple. For international shipping, please add $10. We'll also include a sticker and shoutout as well.

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    [TeeGee, Custom Story, Custom Accessory] In addition to pre-ordering TeeGee (iPhone version), we will work with you to create a one-of-a-kind dynamic story app specifically for your child. You will also get to design a custom smart accessory for use within the story. We'll also include a sticker and shoutout as well.

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