Want to help kids develop capacities & virtues key to overcoming daily challenges & making their world a better place?
Got a smart phone or tablet?
Then you & The Virtuals™ need each other...
As parents we want to help our kids learn, grow and be their best. However, while in the daily grind, it can feel like we're nudging and negotiating them through an obstacle course, from the time they wake up to when we put them to bed.
"Come on ...
… be responsible & get ready for school.”
... be brave & try a new food."
... be generous & share your toys."
... be confident & make some new friends"
... be patient & wait until I'm off the phone."
... be perseverant & finish piano practice."
… be helpful & get ready for bed?
On the other hand, getting our kids to engage with new technologies, games and apps is effortless (who can blame them, those things are so much fun). And when it comes to these new technologies, there's no shortage of great apps and gadgets teaching subjects like math, vocabulary and puzzle solving. However, like most parents, we're eager to encourage other capacities too. We want our children to develop character strengths, honourable qualities and virtuous behaviour.
So we thought, it would be cool to have something engaging that encouraged universal virtues like Courage, Perseverance, Confidence, Compassion and so on. Something to help kids be mindful of positive qualities that make them stronger and better equipped to overcome day-to-day challenges. We set out to use our skills in game development, software technology, new media and story telling to make a captivating product that inspires an appreciation of virtues and their potential in everyday life.
With feedback from various girls, boys and parents, we turned to the technology of augmented reality (AR) and created a 3D world of superheroes with an epic story.
The heroes live in a parallel world where each helps protect the universe with a unique virtue superpower. We call them The Virtuals™. To 'power-up’ their special abilities, like Joy, Generosity, and Patience, the Virtuals must cross over to our world and team-up with kids.
To connect kids with Virtual World, we developed a special AR mobile app and three physical products that feature the Virtuals.
When kids look at our physical products with the mobile AR app, the Virtuals cross through a magic portal from their world to ours (you really gotta see it!) Through 3D AR games and stories, kids learn about different virtues and the real powers they have.
We'll use your backing finances to finalize three original Virtuals characters, each with their own Card, Decal, T-Shirt and AR games. The rewards for backing us are these very same products, which you can see outlined below.
This is our project in a nutshell. In order to make it a reality, we need to reach our funding goal with pledges from heroes like you.
With your pledge, we will also ask you for input to help us finalize, and later extend, the project.
You can help us decide things like:
- Which Virtues should we start with first?
- Should we incorporate a 'Virtues' badge feature, for parents to reward & encourage children for making an effort to develop Virtues in real life?
-Should we develop a progress 'dashboard' so parents can see, via another app, the capacities their child is learning about.
We'll use your financial pledges to finalize three original Virtuals characters, each with their own Card, Decal, T-Shirt and AR games. The following rewards are the very same products you're helping us to complete! This is why we offer up to three items ("x3" - one for each character).
With AR technology, our mobile app uses the three physical products as visual triggers to incorporate 3D elements from 'Virtual World' into your real world environment.
When you look at a Virtuals Card, Decal or T-Shirt with our app, the Virtuals cross over to our world to engage kids with 3D stories and games that highlight virtues.
Our AR app will be available for FREE to all our Kickstarter backers, for iOS, Android and Windows devices.
Each product comes with an AR game featuring the given character and its specific virtue. As kids play with the superheroes, and learn about virtues, the Virtuals gain power-ups, unlocking more cool powers and features in the AR app.
The Virtuals Card allows kids to play with their Virtuals hero anywhere. These are durable hard plastic cards with protective coating.
With the Virtuals Decal (8"x8" wall sticker), you can decorate your wall with graphics that come to life. These are non-permanent decorations, so you can easily peel and reposition them as many times as you want.
Finally, with the Virtuals T-Shirt kids can champion the virtues they're learning about while doing some pretty unique things.
By pairing-up multiple products (for example 2 different Cards, or 1 Decal + 1 T-shirt, etc.) you unlock additional combo games with our AR app. There are tons of bonus combinations!
We have already developed and tested our prototype products and augmented reality app. With your backing we will complete our work and finalize a set of market ready products. We will develop three original Virtuals characters, each with their own Card, Wall Decal, T-shirt and augmented reality games. In addition to the prizes we offer, backers also get a chance to vote on some key points that will influence how we develop the final creations.
Here's a breakdown on how we plan to use your backing support:
Design & Scenario Creation - $7,000
Programming & Development - $7,000
App testing & quality assurance – $3,000
Kickstarter Rewards & Fees – $7,000
Risks and challenges
We want to deliver high quality products on time, as promised.
Our team offers expertise from different areas, including software and game development, graphic design, story writing, children’s education, product management and market communications. We put our heads together to identify areas that most often delay projects with unforeseen hiccups.
Although we’re pretty confident to deliver on our promises, an area we are extra careful with are 3rd party suppliers since we naturally have less direct control over them. To mitigate the risks associated with 3rd party vendors, we have already established arrangements with multiple reputable companies (including primary and backup suppliers) that have been successfully tested in our prototype phase.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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