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Endless Computers for the Next Billion

Billions of people are crippled because they lack a computer at home.

Matt Dalio spent years talking to people overcoming poverty without computers.

It was really three months of travel through China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand…

…seeing the reactions of people to his technology that convinced Matt he had to do this.

He learned they don’t want the cheapest computer he could make; they want the best computer they can afford.

So he set out to build it.

Endless Computers

Endless Computers

He launched with a Kickstarter campaign raising $176,538.

Today, the provocative Endless Computer starts at just $79.

The operating system can be downloaded free for use on any computer.

It includes an abundance of content and dozens of apps that don’t rely on the Internet!

Matt’s epic effort could bring a billion people into the information age.

Learn more here.

Visit Endless Computers.

Crowdfunding Campaign Has Lasting Impact for Kids With Birthmarks

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One of the most inspiring stories in my book Crowdfunding for Social Good features Martha Griffin’s campaign to raise money to publish Sam’s Birthmark, a book about a boy born with a birthmark on his face. The book has impacted countless lives since, including her own son Barron, helping kids born with port wine stain birthmarks like Barron’s to feel special.

For the book, Martha explained that she learned four key lessons from her Kickstarter campaign where she successfully raised $31,763.

  1. Would the birthmark community embrace or see a need for the book?
  2. Would the message appeal to our network and outside the birthmark community?
  3. Could we “market” the book through a viral campaign like Kickstarter?
  4. What would be the response to our story?

Today, I caught up with Martha to learn more about her ongoing effort to build a movement that protects kids against bullying and builds their self-confidence.

Sam's Birthmark

Sam’s Birthmark

Martha says, “A child’s individuality, whether it’s marked by curly hair, freckles or even a birthmark; it’s what makes them special. Sam’s Birthmark is about raising vascular birthmark awareness as well embracing our own and each other’s differences.”

Martha hoped the book would not only help her son, but that it would provide her with a platform for educating others. “We wrote Sam’s Birthmark to build confidence in our son. Also the general public are not aware of the health issues from Vascular Birthmarks. The book has helped us connect with other Birthmark parents throughout the world and be a part of the vast birthmark community.”

Martha still worries about bullying. “Children can be cruel about physical differences. As parents we face the challenge of raising a confident child.”

She worries, too, that Barron’s birthmark could get larger and that growths might develop. Barron has had nine laser surgeries to prevent this. The book remains profoundly relevant in his life.

Martha acknowledges that it will be difficult to stop bullying altogether. “We live a society that focuses on beauty and I don’t see that changing. It’s your face all the time now with social media. Bullying is a huge problem. By parents starting the conversation at an early age about physical differences we can over time stop bullying.”

She remains optimistic, however, and sees her book as a powerful tool for good in the lives of affected children and families. She wants to share the book as widely as possible. “The more people that share and read Sam’s Birthmark, the more good we can do. Through our website we have the ‘Buy-the-Book/Get-a- Book’ campaign. For every book purchased, we give you an extra book to donate to a school, doctor office, church or library.”

Grant, Martha and Barron Griffin, courtesy of Sam's Birthmark

Grant, Martha and Barron Griffin, courtesy of Sam’s Birthmark

On Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 1:00 Eastern, Martha will join me here for a live discussion about how Sam’s Birthmark has influenced the life of her son Barron and others like him around the world. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

More about Sam’s Birthmark:

Twitter: @samsbirthmark

Sam’s Birthmark is a children’s book about teaching kids to appreciate the differences in others and themselves.

Martha’s bio:

Martha and Grant found their inspiration for Sam’s Birthmark after their son Barron was born with a Port Wine Stain birthmark covering the right side of his face. After researching Vascular Birthmarks and connecting with other birthmark parents, they saw a need for a children’s book with a main character who has a birthmark. Their goal for Sam’s Birthmark is to teach children to embrace their own and each other’s differences starting at an early age.

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Devin is a journalist, author and corporate social responsibility speaker who calls himself a champion of social good. With a goal to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems by 2045, he focuses on telling the stories of those who are leading the way! Learn more at DevinThorpe.com!

 

Packed with Purpose Revolutionizes Gifting with Curated Gift Box with Socially Conscious Products

New Indiegogo Campaign Launched to Fund Startup Dedicated to Supporting Purpose-Driven Companies through Purposeful Gift Boxes of Top-Quality Products

Press Release – CHICAGO – September 27, 2016Packed with Purpose, the only hand-picked, curated gift boxes of artisanal products produced by social enterprises and purpose-driven companies nationwide, launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $30,000 by Oct. 15, 2016 to fund the revolutionary gift box truly packed with purpose.

Unlike traditional companies that support a cause by giving back either a portion of the revenues to a cause or donate an item for an item sold, Packed with Purpose scours the U.S. to curate high-quality, Eco-friendly artisan crafted products that have the greatest impact on communities in need. Packed with Purpose developed an exceptionally stringent supplier selection and social business vetting process to ensure all suppliers are continually providing the best quality of unique and sophisticated products, and reinvest their profits in order to increase their social good.

“Gift-givers often choose the hottest or priciest gift or resort to purchasing a simple gift card, but these gifts don’t elicit excitement or true gratitude by the recipient,” said Leeatt Rothschild, founder of Packed with Purpose. “I wanted to capture the heartfelt feeling of gift giving by creating a more impactful gift that not only delights the recipient, but that also creates social good; a gift that is meaningful to give and to receive. Each gift box has products that contribute to causes such as creating employment, providing job skills training, coaching at-risk youth and other valuable societal impact.”

Each gift box item is elegantly packaged and presented in a signature white and wine colored box with items securely wrapped in recycled kraft paper.

For the first box, Packed with Purpose has selected five luxurious products representing a strong network of suppliers who are dedicated to improving the lives of others, including:

  • beelove: Known for its freshly made honey and honey infused skin care products, beelove products help people facing significant barriers to employment gain valuable job skills, particularly those with histories of criminal conviction.
  • Bright Endeavors: Known for its sweet smelling soy candles, Bright Endeavors gives young mothers, who are often the victims of abuse, an opportunity to develop job skills, gain leadership and responsibility within a professional environment.
  • Sulpice Chocolate: An artisanal chocolate company and dedicated fair trade brand, all Sulpice chocolates are non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher and contain nothing artificial. A portion of the proceeds from sales benefit a nonprofit committed to fighting childhood obesity.

Packed with Purpose gift boxes are sold individually for $49 or are available through a seasonal subscription service, where a curated box of new and original products are sent every three months or four times a year. As part of the Indiegogo campaign, special rewards and tiers are offered for backers looking to purchase more than one box. Packed with Purpose is also accepting large quantity orders that can be customized for special occasions, corporate events and the holiday season.

Starting in early 2017, Packed with Purpose will unveil a variety of gift box options and begin accepting larger orders from their website at https://packedwithpurpose.gifts. In addition to specially curated boxes, Packed with Purpose will have a dedicated team devoted to tailoring and personalizing individual gift boxes for any occasion.

To learn more about how Packed with Purpose is revolutionizing the gifting industry or to back the campaign, visit here. To help the campaign reach its goal, please share this on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks using the hashtag #packedwpurpose.

A Small Tibetan Family Needs Your Help to Open a Storefront

A Small Tibetan Family has started a kickstarter campaign to get funding for opening a storefront in the Raleigh area for handcrafted Tibetan beads, pendants and jewelry supplies. Recently I caught up with Tsering L to learn more about the effort; here’s what she told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

I make traditional & modern style Tibetan Jewelry & crafts in Nepal. I am responsible for creating this cottage industry of materials & supplies that are used in my designs & supports many Tibetan & Nepalese artisan families working with us.

How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

My goal is to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter to support opening a storefront for my designs. Funds will be used for securing the retail space for approximately 6 months, furnishings, rewards for the backers, commissions & fees,  & anything left over will be used for products.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

My project helps Tibetan refugee artisans & Nepalese artisans. Most of them have not had any schooling and are only skilled in producing these craft supplies.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

My rewards are all listed on my Kickstarter project page.

 

Check out the campaign:
Twitter: @TibetanBeadStor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TibetanBeadStore

 

Tampon Tribe To Launch Thursday

Setting New Standards in Organic Tampon Subscription Services

Press Release – SANTA MONICA, Calif. (September 19, 2016). The U.S.’ first customizable certified-organic cotton and plastic-free tampon monthly subscription service, Tampon Tribe, will hit the market Thursday, September 22, with an Indiegogo campaign that sees prices cut to $6 a month, including delivery.

Responding to their own search for convenient and affordable organic cotton tampons that are kind to the earth as well as their bodies, founders Jennifer Eden and Gaby Alves have created much more than an online subscription business. Their Tribe is an inclusive ecosphere with social impact at its core, and a goal to change the way society approaches periods, women’s heath, and the environment.

“Our mission is to provide easy access to affordable organic tampons and pads to all women,” Eden said. “We believe that everyone should be able to choose what they put in their bodies.”

“I also constantly, I mean constantly, run out of tampons each month,” Eden explained. “So I decided to combine my needs, wants, hopes for the environment and the planet, with the convenience of a home-delivered organic cotton tampon subscription service.”

“Everything about Tampon Tribe is focused on sustainability,” she added. “Our applicators are a smooth cardboard and our packaging is made from recycled materials – no plastic. Period.”

Both Eden and Alves said that they couldn’t believe the scarcity of organic feminine hygiene on the market, and the excessive use of plastics that exists in the few organic options that are available.

“The average women throws 7,300 plastic applicators in the trash in their lifetime,” Alves said. “Multiply that by at least 64 million women in the U.S. alone who get their period, that’s tons and tons of trash going into our landfills and water-ways, that could easily be avoided.”

Tampon Tribe’s service begins with a first month delivery of organic cotton tampons that arrive in a cute burlap bag, designed to fit neatly inside a bathroom cabinet, or sit proudly on the shelf. Subsequent monthly “refill” packs arrive in recycled paper bags in an effort to cut environmental impact at every corner.

Each month’s delivery is customizable online, to match with your flow, with a mix of regular, super, and super-plus available. Tampon Tribe also offers organic cotton pantiliners and overnight pads, as well as thin and regular pads that are organic cotton, and toxin and chemical free.

Charity partners are voted on by the Tribe, with events and social interaction part of the ethos of the company.

“Together we can make the world a better place,” Eden said. “We are creating jobs for people who need a second or third chance in life too, employing men and women through retraining programs so that they can change their lives and their kids’ lives for the better.”

Khushi Baby: Give Wearable, Digital Health To Rural India

A baby holding the first version of the Khushi Baby App

A baby holding the first version of the Khushi Baby App

Here’s how your CSR Funding can revolutionise the entire maternal and child health spectrum in rural India and create a comprehensive and secure mobile health platform.

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of CSRlive.in‘s collaboration with BitGiving.com

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of CSRlive.in‘s collaboration with BitGiving.com

Project by: Khushi Baby

Funding Required: INR 15 Lacs

Here’s what the folks at Khushi Baby have to say about this Project:

We’re Khushi Baby, and we want to close the world’s maternal and child health care gap at the last mile.

Two years ago, we designed a system that makes medical history wearable. Mothers and their infants get a necklace that stores a copy of their data digitally. Health workers can read and update this data at the point of care, without needing to be connected to the internet, by simply scanning the necklace. Health workers use the app to collect and act upon verifiable patient health records, and later send this data at the end of the day to health administrators who use our dashboard for decision making and community engagement.

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What have we done so far?

Thanks to our first successful 2014 Kickstarter campaign that raised $31,500, Khushi Baby rolled out a pilot project in 2015, tracking 1500 children and over 15,000 vaccination events. The project was also made possible by winning Yale’s 2014 Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health, and Johns Hopkins Future Health System’s Young Research Grant.

The preliminary results from this fieldwork were very positive. We have seen the median time decrease from one month to less than 60 hours per child, and we have good evidence showing the necklace was better retained than the paper card and more widely discussed. This means there is potential that the necklace can become a talking point within the community to increase awareness in pockets where demand for immunization may be low.

So, what now?

We’ve been hard at work redesigning our system from the ground up to go from collecting information on just infant vaccines to covering the entire maternal and child health spectrum, starting with pregnancy and family planning.

Khushi Baby team members Ruchit and Pawan distributing Khushi Baby necklaces in the village of Undithal

Khushi Baby team members Ruchit and Pawan distributing Khushi Baby necklaces in the village of Undithal

Now, we are ready to put our newly designed system to the test.

In order to receive further validation, we are going to implement the Khushi Baby System on a larger scale. We are moving into 300+ villages with our 2.0 system in September, this time with the District Government of Udaipur.

That means over 33,000 mothers and children will encounter the KB system by the end of 2017.

Mother and son pose after he received his Khushi Baby necklace

Mother and son pose after he received his Khushi Baby necklace

Over 100 health workers and health admins will use our system this fall. And this represents a step towards our larger vision as the Udaipur District follows national guidelines upheld by Districts throughout India. We aim to to create the most comprehensive and secure mobile health platform for maternal and child health not only for Rajasthan, but for the world.

But we need your help to achieve this goal.

Our current budget only guarantees 10% of the necklaces needed to reach 33,000 mothers and children. With your help, we can ensure that all mothers and children impacted by our study will receive the Khushi Baby necklace to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases. 90% of all funds will directly go to purchasing necklaces for these patients we expect to see at the camps we are working in.

No one, especially mothers and their babies, should be denied informed care based on an incomplete understanding of their medical history.

Team Khushi Baby

 

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KB Team Members Deepa, Preethi, Farhana, Sara and Ruchit in Udaipur, India

KB Team Members Ujjwal, Zara and Pawan on a recent trip to the field

KB Team Members Ujjwal, Zara and Pawan on a recent trip to the field

KB Tech call with Daniel, Doma, Shahnawaz, Nishant, Tanooj, Ujjwal, and Ruchit

KB Tech call with Daniel, Doma, Shahnawaz, Nishant, Tanooj, Ujjwal, and Ruchit

Besides conducting a randomized controlled trial, in the past year we have also gone on to win the 2015 UNICEF Wearables for Good Challenge and participate in their inaugural incubator. Khushi Baby was additionally awarded a 250K Impact Evaluation grant from 3ie and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to conduct a larger trial, recognized as one of the top 100 social enterprises of 2016 worldwide by Classy, and selected as a Pace-Setter Innovation for GAVI’s INFUSE Challenge to be strategically backed for scale up.

UNICEF, ARM, and Frog Wearables for Good Challenge Incubation Program

UNICEF, ARM, and Frog Wearables for Good Challenge Incubation Program

By supporting us you will directly be providing Khushi Baby health records (digital necklaces) to tens of thousands of mothers and their babies in rural Udaipur so we can track their health to the last mile.

For just INR 75 (just over $1) donated, one mother or baby will receive a digital necklace that will allow community health workers to reliably provide them due care based on an accurate and accessible medical history.

Thank you to those who make our work possible.

We’ve been guided along the way by UNICEF Innovation, Frog, Andela, ARM, FactoryX, Cooley, PCH (collectively the UNICEF Incubator), and institutions such as: Yale’s Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, Yale’s School of Management, Yale’s Entrepreneurial Institute, Yale School of Public Health, Indian Institute of Health Management Research Jaipur, and Johns Hopkins Future Health Systems. And we’re excited to be working with more strategic partners – GAVI, Safran, Mobisoft, and the District of Udaipur – to build and refine our system to one day empower all 250,000 ANMs in India and nurses beyond our borders. And of course we are thankful for those who have supported us so far, in particular 3ie/BMGF>

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Want to Fund this Project?

Visit BitGiving.com here and support the cause.

Looking for funding?

If you have a social project that’s high on innovation and impact, but running low on financial fuel, do write in to Nidhi Singh at nidhi@csrlive.in with your proposal, and we’ll feature it on FUND MY PROJECT.

Re-published here as part of Your Mark On The World’s collaboration with CSRlive.in

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Crowdfunding Campaign Helps Low Income Students Have a Chance to Excel In Math

GraphLock, is developing a game changing app to save students and parents the cost and hassle of carrying a calculator while preserving testing integrity.

Press Release – August 25, 2016 – On August 31st, GraphLock will start a campaign through IndieGoGo to build awareness for equality in education and promote their app launch this November. Patrons can donate $5 either to pre-order the app or every $5 donated will fund a free download for a low income student or school.

In response to the increasing opportunity gap in the classroom and the growing popularity of smartphones, Math Professor Mallory Dyer, witnessed many of her students struggling in her classroom due to an inbuilt inefficiency: separate calculators for testing. These calculators that students and parents are forced to buy for algebra, higher math and standardized tests, are bulky, outdated and very expensive – often costing over $100 apiece. With the superior processing power and sleekness that today’s smartphones and tablets have there is nearly no reason for a stand-alone calculator. The only remaining argument is the inability of calculators to access the internet, making them the more secure technology for testing centers. Yet even this point is falling as calculators like the TI-Nspire are becoming testing-illegal as they start to gain internet capabilities.

In an effort to promote equality in education, Mallory Dyer set out to find a secure and affordable solution to end this trend. She created GraphLock, a full-fledged, multi-platform, scientific and graphing calculator app with a testing-safe lockdown mode. What sets this safe mode apart from the competitors is its unique ability to prevent users from accessing other apps aside from an emergency call button. This level of confinement may sound scary to some users but the app has several safeguards. When the app first enters lockdown mode, a duration and unique code is entered and a student joins a session monitored by an authority figure (teacher, parent, or proctor.) Lockdown ends when the time expires or the teacher, parent, or proctor simply unlocks the user from the session. This is the key to a secure environment as teachers can input the duration of the exam or class and create a unique session to keep students from accessing forbidden resources.

The benefits that will come with the integration of this app are enormous.

  • Students will not forget their calculators.
  • Students will not be forced to spend large amounts of money for testing integrity.
  • Students will not be at a disadvantage because they do not have or cannot afford the latest calculator.

With GraphLock everything is secure, fair, and inexpensive, allowing all users excellent computing power through a device they had anyways.

GraphLock’s mission is to create equal conditions that give every student the chance and opportunity to reach their full potential. It is time to revolutionize math education and support students everywhere, one download at a time.

For more information

Visit: www.graphlockapp.com
Twitter: @graphlock
Facebook: www.facebook.com/graphlockapp

Run The Ladakh Half-Marathon For ‘TARA Girls’ With Us

Here’s how your CSR Funding can help brighten the lives of underprivileged girls in North India.

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of CSRlive.in‘s collaboration with BitGiving.com

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of CSRlive.in‘s collaboration with BitGiving.com

Project by: Saamir Gupta & Vishal Lahoti – Management Consulting Professionals at Accenture Strategy, Cross-fit L-1 Trainers, Globetrotters, Movie Buffs & Big fans of kids at TARA!

Location: New Delhi

Funding Required: INR 5 Lacs

Here’s what Saamir Gupta & Vishal Lahoti to say about his Project:

Most giving is 80% emotion and 20% rational. And the best way to get to someone’s emotions is to tell a story. So here is the story of TARA

A french child psychologist visits India and happens to see kids sleeping at pavement of New Delhi Railway Station. He stays back to start a home for a handful (~20) of underprivileged boys.. a HOME, “TARA” and not an institution. He provides the boys quality education, security, complete health care and a real opportunity to carve a bright future. These boys, turning to young adults facing the world as equals, with confidence far more than most of us.

We have been associated with TARA for over 5 years now! We have seen not just TARA boys evolve into TARA big birds (young adults) embracing the world but also the extension of TARA to TARA Tots (kids below 6 years of age) and now TARA Girls. All of this, in spite of all the hardships including limited funding, serious health issues with some kids, stringent policies, and compliance issues in India.

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Saamir has been running for TARA for a long time, but always in Delhi. This time Vishal challenged Saamir to take inspiration from TARA and the kids and make the journey much more difficult and hence much more rewarding! Saamir hates height and mountains and this would be his first time to Ladakh. But if TARA can excel in being an excellent home to these underprivileged kids, if these kids can shun their past and compete with the world as equals, all our friends and family can come together and support this noble cause… running 21 kms in Himalayas is the least Saamir and Vishal can do.

You are contributing directly to the fantastic education of these girls (mind you – they can beat you anytime in French), their super nutritious meals and regular maintenance of their home.

If possible, please do plan a quick visit to any of TARA shelter homes to see how meaningful your contribution is for these kids.

Very apt lines from Winston Churchill for the context – “We make a living by what we get, But we make a life by what we give.”

Want to Fund this Project?

Visit BitGiving.com here and support the cause.

Looking for funding?

If you have a social project that’s high on innovation and impact, but running low on financial fuel, do write in to Nidhi Singh at nidhi@csrlive.in with your proposal, and we’ll feature it on FUND MY PROJECT.

Re-published here as part of Your Mark On The World’s collaboration with CSRlive.in

This Film Needs your Support to help “HANA: Help a Needy Animal”

The filmmakers want to produce a documentary profiling “HANA, the Help-A-Needy-Animal Fund”. This nonprofit has a mission to prevent euthanasia in pets. They are raising money on Kickstarter. Recently I caught up with Josh Haygood to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:

What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?

I’m a film and television producer in New York city having made two Emmy Award winning television programs as well as many others. I’ve made my career primarily in the documentary space. I love projects with a big heart, such as the feature doc Ride With Larry which we released last year about a man battling Parkinson’s. My father also has this disease, so this was a very personal journey for me and very rewarding to help such a wonderful cause. We’re now working with the Michael J Fox foundation to raise money for research. I feel it’s the highest calling of an artist in any medium to be able to use their voice to help others.

It’s this call to action that’s led to my current project. I was introduced to a wonderful charity in California called HANA – the Help A Needy Animal fund, a 501c(3) non profit that provides life saving veterinary care to animals whose lives hang in the balance, but whose owners lack the financial resources to afford the often high cost of surgery and other procedures necessary to save their animals. The doctors at HANA have spent years treating domestic pets as well as horses and other critical working animals across California and now want to take their expertise to other areas to try and save as many animals as possible.

My idea is to make a film about their incredible work to get the word out to a big audience. As an animal lover myself, I feel this incredible work deserves to be recognized on a national stage. However the bigger hope is that similar to our film about Parkinson’s, which has helped raise money and awareness of that cause, this film will drive donations and support to HANA which can only do its life saving work with continued financial support.

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How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?

We just launched our Kickstarter campaign two days ago, so far it hasn’t been seen very widely, thus my outreach to you. I’m a filmmaker, not a marketing or social media guru. I definitely need help in this area as I believe very much in the cause this film will promote.

The total ask is $75,000 which is about a quarter of what a film of this nature would cost on the open commercial market. I’m calling in every favor I’m owed from the film making community to get it done on a modest budget.

Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?

I’ll repeat what I wrote on your first page in case that’s not the place to enter this info:

I was introduced to a wonderful charity in California called HANA – the Help A Needy Animal fund, a 501c(3) non profit that provides life saving veterinary care to animals whose lives hang in the balance, but whose owners lack the financial resources to afford the often high cost of surgery and other procedures necessary to save their animals. The doctors at HANA have spent years treating domestic pets as well as horses and other critical working animals across California and now want to take their expertise to other areas to try and save as many animals as possible.

Vets Without Borders from Bandito Films | NYC on Vimeo.

What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?

We are trying to be as generous as possible in this area. On our Kickstarter campaign backers are offered everything from t-shirts and DVDs at the lower levels up to invites to the LA premier of the film. We are also offering access to a live online backers only premier stream of the film at nearly every support level, which includes a live chat with the film makers. For those looking to be very generous, we are also offering Associate Producer and Executive Producer credits.

As animal lovers ourselves, we believe so much in this cause. We very much hope to have the opportunity to make this film and support what we think is an absolutely wonderful and necessary organization.

Check out the campaign:

Honeybot Robot Educational Companion & Pet for Kids Launches On Indiegogo

Features 3D Augmented Reality (AR) Learning

Transforms Child & Paintings into Educational Cartoon Animations

Kids Fly with Dinosaurs, Animals & Cars for a Magical Learning Experience

Honeybot Sings, Teaches, Reads Stories, and Chats with Kids Ages 3-8 Years Old

Mimics a Parent’s Voice, Lets Parents Talk to Children & Check When Away

Includes Honeybot Apps & Works with all Google Play Apps

Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/honeybot-educational-family-robot-for-kids-entertainment-technology/

Video: https://youtu.be/dLVTuXtl1P0

Press Release – August 24, 2016, Shenzhen, China – HuiYu http://www.honeyhy.com announced today the Honeybot educational companion robot for kids on Indiegogo at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/honeybot-educational-family-robot-for-kids-entertainment-technology#/. An interactive Android-based home companion robot that uses Augmented Reality for learning, Honeybot is an electronic pet, teacher, storyteller, and a child’s best friend; educating kids with general knowledge, fun, fantasy, and good daily habits. Controlled remotely through a smartphone, Honeybot creates a new way for parents to educate and play with kids, employing 3D Augmented Reality (AR), Image Recognition, and Color Extraction Technology with educational apps to entertain, sing, tell stories, teach, and chat with kids — it even works with all Google Play Store apps.

Almost Human — A Kid’s Best Friend with Likes & Dislikes

Currently available in English and Mandarin (more languages available soon), children can virtually play with a 3D animated dinosaur and other animals on the robot’s or smart TV’s miracast screen. Honeybot was designed with a series of friendly expressions for use with social media, making Honeybot almost human — a kid’s best friend with likes and dislikes, rather than a robot. Honeybot creates different voices for asking and answering and can even mimic a parent’s voice for a fun and interactive way to keep a close connection with children when parents are away.

Honeybot Pre-installed Apps for AR Learning & Teaching in 3D:

  • AR Aquarium App: a 3D drawing app specially developed for the kindergarten educational system by experienced preschool education experts. AR Aquarium transforms children’s drawings into 3D cartoon animations through image recognition and color extraction technology. Coupled with lively voice introductions and professional teaching lessons, it helps kindergarten teachers with art lessons, enabling children to learn about marine animals while studying painting.
  • AR Yolk World App: an interactive cognitive app aimed at early childhood and elementary school education, it uses the latest 3D imaging to show the child interacting with 90 lifelike images of dinosaurs, animals, and vehicles. The multi-angled app provides a real interactive sensory experience, making a big impression on kids (other augmented reality teaching courses are also optionally available).
  • Simulated Daily Life App: helps kids learn about the proper daily routines, behavior, and electronic pet raising. Honeybot is hungry, needs a bath, and is sleepy, and children need to learn to take care of the little Honeybot for the correct daily habits for themselves and pets. Honeybot shows a detailed presentation of food, making children more likely to eat healthy food and less junk.

Honeybot Features: 

  • Interactive Multi-Screens: Miracast can be used through WIFI to display and control multimedia content between Honeybot and a smart TV for larger screen viewing of the robot’s display and less eye strain.
  • Voice Changing Live Talk: real-time communication between children and parents. The parent’s tone of voice is imitated so children can recognize him or her. Honeybot will play the parent’s voice and will act emotionally, providing Honeybot with human attributes. Children can also send voice messages to Honeybot and parents.
  • One Click Synchronization iOS & Android Audio/Video: parents can send audio/video to Honeybot after recording from a smartphone. Over 200 audio/video learning materials for 3-8 year olds is also provided, covering common knowledge, poems, songs, fairy tales, etc.
  • Video Call & Remote Monitoring: H.264 standard video enables smooth and clear video. Parents can initiate a remote video through the app (children cannot initiate to avoid disturbing parents). Parents can also send remote commands telling Honeybot to check on their children.
  • Daily Timetable Control & Honeybot Playtime Control: in order to help children form healthy routines, Honeybot can activate automatically in the morning to remind children to wake-up. In the evening, it can shift into intelligent dormant mode to only tell bedtime stories.
  • Honeybot Playtime Control: a feature to protect children from visual/mental fatigue. After using Honeybot for over 30 minutes when parents are not around, reminders are sent to parents to activate to dormant mode for 30 minutes. Parents can adjust the time or turn it off completely.

“Honeybot is an educational companion robot that will be loved by both children and parents alike. Entertaining, educational, and also interactive, it’s the best partner for children to grow up happily and healthily, and it connects children with busy parents,” said Zhongliu Chen, Founder & CEO, HuiYu. “The development of science and technology ultimately serves humans. We want a better life where high-tech meets our demands. After more than 3 years preparation and thousands of hours brainstorming, a group of young parents finally made this early educational robot, Honeybot, adopting both high-tech and edutainment.”

Honeybot Robot Specs: 

  • Over 200 audio and video learning materials with one-click synchronization.
  • Height/weight: 10’ tall, approximately 1.7 pounds.
  • Languages: English and Mandarin (more languages coming).
  • Operating system: Android 5.1.
  • Samsung 5MP AF camera.
  • 5-inch HD display with advanced full lamination tempered glass and rapid image identification.
  • Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and 1080p FHD video codec coprocessor for quick processing.
  • 3W high-fidelity speaker to chat, tell a story, and sing.
  • Includes Honeybot apps and works with all Google Play apps.
  • See Full Spec Sheet: http://www.thomas-pr.com/136/photos/HoneybotSpecSheet.pdf.

Availability & Indiegogo Pre-sale Discount

Honeybot will be available Q4 2016 with a retail price of $349. For a limited time, Indiegogo pre-sale discounted pricing is available for $229-$259 depending on the version. The Indiegogo pre-sale includes the Honeybot robot, charger, cables, AR aquarium drawing card, AR Yolk World card, remote control, and free shipping. For more information, see Indiegogo at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/honeybot-educational-family-robot-for-kids-entertainment-technology#/ or the website: http://www.honeyhy.com/.

About HuiYu

Founded in Shenzhen Software Park in 2014, HuiYu Education & Science Technology Co., Ltd researches and develops educational companion robots and Augmented Reality learning and somatosensory interactive learning products. A new kind of high-tech enterprise, HuiYu provides total coordinated process solutions from hardware and software development to R&D of high-quality content. With RMB10 million registered capital, the company is expanding into new global markets, with offices and research centers in Beijing, Boston, Dubai, and Barcelona. For more information, see: http://www.honeyhy.com/.

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