Today’s feature comes from Rosemary Beach, Florida and is headed up by Todd Rice. Rice is a self-described “father, husband, designer, professor, problem solver, innovator, investor and amongst all things, entrepreneur.” He has built a successful company and is now seeking to develop a pet project through Kickstarter.
“With my career in the digital space and my love of toys, I found myself wanting to work on projects that combine the digital and physical worlds in order to create a symbiotic relationship between the two,” says Rice.
A key inspirational source for the creation of this crowdfunding campaign is Rice’s daughters and nieces. However, the invention by no means is limited to the female youth demographic but is applicable to all—or at least those who have smartphones.
The invention is called Boogli and is a patented charging dock and mobile app system that will add some flare and entertainment to what used to be ordinary. To begin, Boogli comes in your choice of two unique characters (as seen below). Its primary function is to wirelessly charge your phone as it rests on the arms of the Boogli character. They each have distinct personalities and interact through your phone’s screen.
Boogli can sense your presence via Bluetooth and will light up as you enter the room. It will also lip-sync the music that your stream through your phone while in the docking station adding an element of livelihood to Boogli. For children Boogli can be used as a night light and alarm clock. Boogli also glows a variety of colors which are both calming and useful. For instance as mentioned on the official Kickstarter page “Boogli can help in training a little one who tends to wake up too early in the morning. You can set your character to become a certain color at a specific time and tell your child ‘not get up or come out of your room until Boogli turns pink’”.
Boogli is available for a $59 backing on Kickstarter and ships anywhere in the world.
Steve Bissinger, Boogli’s sound designer, auditioned many individuals for this “monster voice” and selected a woman whose voice embodied the needed emotional qualities for the Boogli. Bissinger then had her record a lengthy series of emotional “monster voices” from sad to happy to shy to angry to irritated. As a result the Boogli is quirky and lifelike.
Lifelike and interactive are very important to the Boogli team. Rice explained, “I wanted the user to think ‘did that just happen’, ‘did that charger just notice me walking by’, ‘did the case just glow as I passed the charger’? Building this relationship has been very challenging but also rewarding.”
Rice aims to take future of Boogli beyond cute characters and into licensing the technology to include mascots, celebrities or other influential people. In addition Boogli will continue to develop in the mobile app space specifically in child education. Rice alluded to the development of a Boogli iPad storytelling app.
“When I started this two years ago, I was extremely determined to make these fun and interactive characters and it was a huge milestone to get the prototypes completed,” says Rice. “It’s been an amazing experience to work with such talented people and I am excited to get these guys into stores.”
POP over to Boogli’s campaign and donate today to reserve your own Boogli.
Boogli’s Kickstarter Campaign Page