Pixlplay Recycles Outdated Smartphone Into Kids Camera

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket There are endless ways to reuse an old smartphone: as a home surveillance system, in-car GPS, universal remote, wireless hotspot—or, a kids’ camera.Inspired by the classic 35mm design, PixlPlay is a colorful, interactive “camera” that keeps your device safe while encouraging creativity.Simply connect and insert an Apple or Android handset into the case, which boasts rubber grips and a camera strap for easy handling. Kids can operate the phone as normal through a touch-sensitive, splash-resistant protective screen, and snap photos with the working shutter button on top.“At this point, most families have an old smartphone (or two!) sitting in a junk drawer somewhere,” the campaign page said. “Let’s get those smartphones into the hands of kids in a way that encourages photography and active play.”Pixl Toys launched its first product on Kickstarter last week, hoping to collect at least $25,000 for get the Pixlplay onto shelves and into tiny hands. The startup surpassed 50 percent of its target in just three days, and is well on its way to meeting its goal.Aimed at children as young as three, the invention features a companion iOS app (that lets users edit photos with digital stickers and frames), and works with existing camera and photography programs. Stretch goals include activity cards, a sticker sheet, and an Android application.“Smartphones have become a gateway into photography for very young kids,” according to Pixl Toys. “Kids are eager to shoot their own photos and play with images.”Folks can still snag the camera for an early-bird price of $20, or pay the full cost of $25 for one Pixlplay camera, wrist strap, and camera craft activity cards. Get two cases for $40, four for $75, six for $100, a dozen for $175, or 60 for $750.A mere $5,000 will get you the “Pixl Toys Experience”—one adult and one child get a sightseeing trip (with a personal tour by founder JP) and a two-night stay in San Francisco. Oh, and you’ll also get a Pixlplay camera.One backer already spent $1,000 to sponsor the company’s launch party in New York City. Supporters have 29 more days to contribute. Stay on targetlast_img

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