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October 27, 2010

Connecting Kids and Family Members through Video Mail and Storybooks

Mark Williamson, CEO & Co-Founder of Zoodles

Mark Williamson CEO & Co-Founder

One of the challenges that parents face is ensuring their kids build meaningful relationships with their aunts, uncles, grandparents and other family members.  This can be especially hard for families that are spread across the country like mine is.  While we live in California my daughters have aunts & uncles in Denver, Columbus OH, and Bethlehem PA while their grandparents are in Seattle and Columbus OH.  This means that they only get to see some of these family members once a year and with time zone differences it is close to impossible to Skype with them.

Since we build software that puts computers into Kid Mode, we thought we could improve the lives of families by enabling kids to connect with distant relatives.  Today we are announcing two new features that do exactly this:

Video Mail:

Finally, the most common activity online for adults – communications, is available to kids of all ages.  Zoodles Video Mail enables kids and family members to easily record and exchange video messages.  After a parent invites a family member to connect with their kids, that family member can record a message using a webcam, and that message is delivered directly to the child inside of the Zoodles computer app.  When a child clicks on their Mail tab, their new messages will immediately start to play as the picture below shows.

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A child can easily reply to any video message and it is so easy that my soon-to-be 3 year old daughter can do it too.

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Storybooks:

This feature was inspired by a conversation with a grandma in Texas who recorded herself reading books on mini-cassettes and mailed them to her grandchildren in California.  She was looking for a way for her grandchildren to hear her voice before bed so they could stay connected.  With Zoodles Storybooks she can now select one of the Zoodles classic storybooks to record for her grandchildren and they will automatically receive the recording in the Books tab inside the Zoodles computer app.  As the picture below shows, the experience is really compelling for kids:

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We hope that Zoodles can play a meaningful role in connecting families across the country, and we can’t wait to see how families use these new features.

Mark Williamson
CEO & co-founder
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2 Comments »

  1. All i want to is vido mail my dad and talked to him.

    Comment by Raven — December 23, 2012 @ 11:00 am

  2. All i want to is vido mail my dad and talked to him.And I love him

    Comment by Raven — December 23, 2012 @ 11:00 am

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