About this project
Did you grow up with family photo albums? Voice Kite is a modern version of those precious heirlooms that enables you to pass down your oral history to your loved ones in an innovative way.
Voice Kite is an online, digital photo album that lets you narrate your favorite pictures and tell your stories about those moments, people and places that matter to you.
Here's the best part: you can store all of those digital memories in your own library in our cloud AND we will pass everything down to your beneficiaries for you when the time comes—continuing your legacy.
With our cloud-based Voice Kite desktop and mobile app, you will not only get the standard benefits of other “big photo” sites you have come to expect (e.g. storage, organization, social media integration, sharing, etc.), you will ALSO get the peace of mind in knowing that your carefully curated images and voices we will be treasured by your next generation.
Voice Kite is a cloud-based storage system offered initially as an individual membership and gives you ready access to all of your digital memories from your desktop and your mobile phone, including amazing storage capacity - whenever you wish! Our mobile app gives you the ability to voice tag your photos on the run and then upload them to your digital library in our cloud.
Bottom line: You get to put your photos and your voice (and the voices of those you love) in Voice Kite, where you, your family and special friends can enjoy those moments and memories WHENEVER and WHEREVER they wish. When the time comes, these legacy memories pass down according to YOUR wishes.
Upload + Take + Record + Combine + Store + Organize + Share + Pass Down
We thank you in advance for demonstrating confidence and interest in our project. By contributing you are helping us bring Voice Kite through (and potentially beyond!) our next critical stage: the prototype build.
Three of our Voice Kite Prototype Screens:
With great web and software developers as our partners, we are poised to begin building. But that is only the beginning of the journey. Once the Voice Kite prototype is built, we will need to test it repeatedly with the help of our beta testers. That process takes time to get it right. We need to hear the feedback of our testers, iterate, test it again, and again, and again until we can deliver you a top-notch product, worthy of your trust. While we are moving with all due speed, we are committed to getting it right, for you, for us, for our mission.
We plan to roll out our formal product in 2015 and your contributions today will ensure that we have the means to complete the testing and iterative process timely and with high quality. We have infused the company with our own funds and labor, along with award money and grant money.
We are so close to our goal, but we need your help to raise a minimum of $10,000 to complete this next critical phase in our march towards commercialization. In February, we will be pursuing additional funding from Maine Technology Institute in the form of a Development Loan and our success here puts us in a better position to succeed in securing that funding.
And if you want to help but can't donate there are other ways for you to lend your support. We'd love for you to spread the word by telling your friends, colleagues and family about Voice Kite. Ask them if they could continue spreading the word or even donate. Every little bit counts and we are grateful for whatever support you can give!
From the pyramids to the Taj Mahal to Trump Tower, mankind has sought to leave his true legacy behind for his descendants to know him when he is gone. We all have a deep-seated need to be remembered.
As modern consumers, however, we are burdened with managing an overwhelming and growing mass of digital images, especially of loved ones. In 2013, users uploaded a DAILY average of 350 million photos just to Facebook and Instagram.
In this environment, we yearn for a convenient way to safely store and sort our growing volumes of photos combined with creative ways to create, edit, publish, preserve and share our most treasured memories. While existing competitors offer some components to manage digital photos, their offerings are incomplete and often antiquated or confusing. Video only complicates matters: they take up a ton of storage space and then you have to sift through countless frames to find the most meaningful footage.
We want to ensure your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren get to hear directly from YOU exactly what you think, what is important to you, and what you want them to know. The power of the voice evokes memories of the past in a way pictures alone simply cannot. And now you can have them both combined for generations.
Whether it be your child’s changing voice, your elderly parent’s smile, or the voices and pictures of your friends over the years, the combined sights and sounds of these memories make you smile, cry, ache, and/or laugh…
We know. We get it.
If you have ever wished you had preserved the voice of someone you love, or you have a special memory you deeply wish to pass on to your loved ones, please contact us! We want to hear from you and learn what matters most to you. Connect with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
Testing and updates
We set our total prototype development budget at 26 weeks: 20 weeks for development and 4 weeks for testing. A potential risk: testing may reveal the need for additional iterations or updates, which may require more time to develop and test. We are working with two extremely talented, Maine-based tech firms and will be in contact continuously. This constant communication loop will allow us to embed any adjustments or enhancements as we go rather than adding significant time to the project. We know that developing a great product may present unanticipated challenges, so we are choosing prevention over reaction.
Market and Promotion
Our marketing and promotion plans involve strategic partnerships and leveraging all of our professional and personal networks. Because there is nothing as powerful as a second-hand compliment, we are grateful for your support and your willingness to spread the word to bring Voice Kite to life.
We are honored by your support and belief in us and in Voice Kite; your generosity carries great weight with us and we are excited to make you proud that you joined us in our journey.
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