When we became parents, we wanted our daughter to play with toys that helped her imagination blossom and her social skills thrive. Like so many parents today, we were also concerned about the impacts of screen time on her development.
The majority of tech toys today only serve to distract children. We love technology, but the toy market is lagging behind in creating unique technology experiences for kids.
Turtle Mail is a wooden mailbox for kids that has a thermal printer inside. It's Wi-Fi-connected, so family and friends can send messages to children from a computer or mobile device. Those messages get delivered as printed mail for them each day.
Turtle Mail also lets parents subscribe their kids to daily activity content that adjusts for their age and interests. Kids can get content from the characters they love. And they can even get notes from their favorite toys to help their imaginary worlds come to life.
We designed Turtle Mail's appearance to allow children to use their imaginations in creating its personality.
Turtle Mail gives kids a unique way to save and look back on the moments they've shared with their family and friends. We've worked with dozens of families to create the Turtle Mail experience. These families have used Turtle Mail to communicate with their kids while away at work or their grandchildren while living across the country. One mom is even using Turtle Mail to keep in touch with her boys while she's deployed with the Navy. Turtle Mail inspires adventure, artwork, stories, and memories.
We had our daughter, Adrienne, when I was a junior at Carnegie Mellon University. Nico was a stay-at-home dad while I finished my education. So much of our lives change when we became parents. I disliked how often her electronics pulled her away from the world around her, so I dedicated my senior year to designing toy concepts—they used technology to connect the digital and physical worlds. After months of research and testing, I developed the early concept for Turtle Mail. Nico began working with me to mock up 3D models and prototypes.
在就讀卡內基美隆大學三年級時，我們有了女兒 Adrienne。在我完成學業的同時，Nico 擔任家庭主夫。為人父母後，我們的人生改變了很多。我很不喜歡電子產品常常將她拉離她周圍的世界，所以我大四的時候致力於設計玩具概念－－這些概念是運用科技來連接數位及實體世界。經過幾個月的研究和測試後，我開發出小烏龜信箱的早期概念。Nico 開始和我一起工作，模擬 3D 模型和原型。
The idea gained so much traction with parents and kids that we decided to establish AE Dreams, dedicated to making screenless tech toys. Our vision is to create toys and use all the exciting benefits of technology while still keeping kids in touch with the world around them.
這個點子吸引了很多父母和小孩，讓我們決定創辦 AE Dreams，致力於製作沒有螢幕的科技玩具。我們的願景是要創造玩具，並運用科技帶來的所有驚奇優點，同時還是要讓小孩與周圍的世界有所連結。
We have many ideas that will follow Turtle Mail—ways to make kids' most favorite toys in the world become even more magical. We want to give children a sense of adventure, without removing the children's role, and building an experience with their own imaginations.
We've put together a team of designers, engineers, and parents who want to build products that have families' best interest in mind.
Over the past year and a half, we've taken Turtle Mail from a sketch on paper to a product ready for manufacturing. We've come to Kickstarter to raise the funds we need for our first round of production. With your support, we can bring Turtle Mail to life and deliver them to their new homes.
在過去一年半中，我們將小烏龜信箱從紙上的草圖，變成準備可以生產製造的產品。我們到 Kickstarter 募集第一輪製造所需的資金。有了你們的幫助，我們能讓小烏龜信箱成真，並將它們送到新家。
Good job, Mommy and Daddy and AE Dreams. Now let's go get the Turtle Mail!
做得好，馬麻把拔還有 AE Dreams。現在我們就去買小烏龜信箱!
- 「擔心」- Be Concerned About
Like so many parents today, we were also concerned about the impacts of screen time on her development.
- 「落後」- Lag Behind
We love technology, but the toy market is lagging behind in creating unique technology experiences for kids.
- 「回顧」- Look Back
Turtle Mail gives kids a unique way to save and look back on the moments they've shared with their family and friends.