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Octobo Interactive Smart Learning Companion

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4.8?
Discovered on 2018-04-09

Make learning and creating more fun with the Octobo Interactive Smart Learning Companion. Suitable for children ages 0 to 7, the Octobo is a smart plush companion that learns and plays with kids. It uses a tablet, interactive storybooks, and educational apps to keep things exciting and challenging. Likewise, Octobo is compatible with any 7-8 inch tablet, including Android, Apple, and Amazon. Octobo offers a delightful blend of traditional hands-on, tactile play with engaging digital interactions thanks to innovative technology and multiple sensors. It reacts to sound, touch and interactive tokens, offering real-time feedback and positive reinforcement as your kid learns. Aside from being huggable, Octobo’s plush conceals various soft sensors that detect your child’s movement to enhance storytime. Finally, the storykits come in special bundles that include an app, a storybook and interactive components for Octobo.

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Overview & Specs
Compatibility :
7-8 Inch Tablets, Android, Apple, Amazon
Ages :
0-7 Tablets
OS :
iOS 6.0, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up
Material :
Low Pile Fur
Dimensions :
10 x 6.5 x 12 Inches
Weight :
17.6 Ounces
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Thinker-Tinker
@Munkez Yes! As long as your iOS system is updated to iOS 6.0 and up, you will have no problem running our apps. Thanks!
Munkez
Hi is this compatible with all iPad minis? Even the original?
Philip Joyce
Cheers. Thanks for the swift response. I just don't want to get in trouble with teachers when the kids start using American English! ;-)
Thinker-Tinker
@Philip! Thank you soooo much for your support! We are based in the US so currently the product is developed in American English. But will keep your feedback in mind for future plans! ;) Can't wait to share Octobo with all of you!
Philip Joyce
Congratulations! Looking forward to this, so my great nephew and great niece can learn while having fun. Just a quick question, though. Will Octobo come with British English? Cheers.
Thinker-Tinker
Thanks for everyone's support! Our team is here to answer any questions and concerns you have! Our team has been putting all our tears and sweats to create Octobo and really can't wait to share Octobo to all of you. Regarding some recent concerns of privacy issues - We have no access to any backers' data, Kickstarter does not share your personal information with creators, the only way we can get your info is through pledge manager survey which we will send out after the campaign and it's everyone's free will to choose what information you want to provide. See more https://www.kickstarter.com/privacy
We are here anytime, you can chat with us directly through Kickstater message and Facebook message. :) Thanks again for everyone's support! Love you all from Team Octobo!
Brian Handy
So excited to see Octobo coming to life! I remember the first E3 it attended and just how far it's come since then. Congratulations team and good luck! Can't wait to see it in the real world!!
Robyn Tong Gray
It's been amazing watching Octobo evolve over the years with careful testing and iteration – I can't wait to see the final version! The team's dedication to creating a polished product that parents and children can really use as a teaching/learning tool is inspiring. Can't wait to see you guys hit your goal!
Richard Emms
This project has come such a long way from its humble origins at USC! I'm excited to see Octobo go out to the world and help parents teach and play with their children more closely. I hope to see many more storykits and minigames! I've spread the word to my parent friends with young kids. Good luck!
Rachel Emig
I remember playing this at a festival!! I'm not in the place financially to support the full project, but I remember being totally and completely delighted by the experience. Best of luck and I'm so excited to see how everyone likes it!
Kenny
Just a word of warning to everyone... these guys seem to be connected to a spam company that collects people's data without their consent through Kickstarter to further steal data and send spam. I kept getting spam emails about this project and there's no way to stop it, they even removed the unsubscribe button. I did reach out to the project creators about this and they said it was down to them signing up for a free trial somewhere, but they now refuse to tell me what this service was... so it looks like they're protecting the spammers and keeping them in business. So essentially, your contact info is being sold and I don't really think they're up for doing anything to stop it. Make sure to use a fake email address if this campaign is funded or be prepared to get spammed relentlessly about other Kickstarter projects you don't want to know about.
Thinker-Tinker
@Zerif Before we exit the factory, Octobo will go through reliability testing (pulling tests, dropping tests, etc.) Octobo has no problem withstanding kids' regular activities (dragging, throwing, tossing, and dropping Octobo multiple times). However, with special needs children, we do suggest that play happens under adult supervision. Generally speaking, Octobo's sensitive padding can protect the electronics and tablet inside of him during kids' play, or even when kids lay on and squeeze him. Regarding the iPad, the pocket for the tablet has room for 7-8 inch tablets to wiggle around in. Feel free to DM us on Facebook and send us the measurements, we will let you know if that fits in the pocket. Happy to help. :)
Zerif
First i wanted to say this is a really cool project. Second i had a few questions around the amount of abuse/stress this can take. Also how snug is the fit i plan on using an Ipad with an otter box and want to know if it will be an issue.
I plan on getting it use with work with some trauma children and at times they can be pretty aggressive so i want to know just how careful i will have to be
Thinker-Tinker
@Angela The Early Bird savings are the same at around $70 for both Starter and Advanced pack. As for shipping, you see $0 now is because we will collect the shipping in our pledge manager (it's going to be an user friendly system where you can manage your orders) after the campaign. We will do an address survey first with you - this way we can make sure our backers get the cheapest shipping price possible. Thanks!
Angela Mercer
Also, I see a lot of people complain about shipping costs. My pledge says shipping is $0. Is this correct, or should I update my pledge due to shipping costs being more like $45 for EU region?
Angela Mercer
So you save more by buying the cheaper starter kit. Wouldn't it make sense to save more with the more expensive kit? It will work out cheaper to buy the starter kit, then the additional storybook included in the advanced later. Any chance you will update the advanced kit to make it more worth it for those that pledge more money? As is, they save less and thus it makes no sense to buy it.
Thinker-Tinker
@Tanja The underwater story kit is still a story! Included in the storykit, you will get Octobo's underwater adventure book to read and play along with your little nuggets; beside the book, you will also get the app, and the tokens to interact with Octobo too. Designed for kids 0-3 years old the interactions in the Underwater storykit are less complex and more direct than the Great Letter Search. But you it's still full feature. Hope this helps!
Tanja M
When the underwater "story kit" is not really a story, what else can the octobo do when I only pledge for the starter kit?
Thinker-Tinker
@Manuel The shipping charges we listed are just estimated costs. We are currently in discussion with 4 different fulfillment services and we promise we will get our backers the cheapest rates possible. The current estimates are for direct shipping from Hong Kong to the destination address, and for sure if we get enough EU backers the rate will be relieved by bulk shipping methods. The reason we calculate shipping afterwards is really because we don't want to give a preliminary number; we want to transparently and accurately relay shipping costs to our backers. Thanks for the understanding!
Manuel
Seriously considering my pledge due to shipping charges ($45 to Spain). I’ve been supporting lots of projects, some of them heavier than 10 kg and quite voluminous, and this is, by far, the highest shipping rate. On top of that, pledgers are responsible for tax and custom rates, which could add another $45-50. If you don’t make the project EU friendly, I’m afraid I’m out. Can you work something out?
Thinker-Tinker
@Shawn Shipping is calculated by 1. actual weight 2. volume weight depends on whichever are bigger. Octobo is considering pretty big in size and we want to protect the advance sensors in him; so unfortunately he can't be squeeze in a much smaller box or a plastic bag like other plush. We promise we will try our best to get the best rate for everyone! Thanks for your support! :)
Shawn alexander
Why is shipping so expensive for a plush toy? 25 for this seems a bit high when I buy board games that are pretty heavy and it's around this price for shipping. Is this a heavy toy or something for it to cost so much on shipment? By the way this is a great product and I cant wait to give my kid this
Thinker-Tinker
@Manuel Yes, if you receive an Octobo that does not work properly, you will be able to find technical support and customer support contacts in the packaging. We guarantee will work with you to solve any problem you have. Thank you!
Manuel
Hi there! Looking forward to your amazing product! Just wondering about the warranty you guys offer and if it would cover shipping costs in case the Octobo is flawed. Thanks!
Thinker-Tinker
@Tanja Thanks for backing us! We will have different language options for the app interface. The Underwater storykit experience are for babies and toddlers, so Octobo will mostly be speaking gibberish and making funny sounds. The Great Letter Search storykit is designed for English learning so will be in English. We are actively working on adding more expansions for the future and translating them into different languages. :)
Tanja M
Hi! I'm so excited about this! Is it available in German by chance?