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Toymail

Safe and screenfree voice chat for kids that works through toys


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Toymail v2.0.7 App Apk Download
November 2, 2015
You simply record a voice message using the Toymail app from your smartphone, hit send, and our Mailmen™ toys will speak them back in a funny voice (or your voice if you prefer). Kids can reply to you right from their toys. Whether you are away on business, in line at the grocery store, or living in another part of the world, you can now stay connected to kids through play. With the Toymail app, you will connect to kids you know with Toymail toys, record a message for them, and send it right from your phone to their toys. The Toymail app is designed for use with the WIFI enabled Mailmen™, our new breed of smart toys that connect wirelessly with your home WIFI network to receive messages anytime, from anywhere in the world. The Toymail app enables the Mailmen to carry on a two-way conversation. Children can reply to their toymail directly from the Mailmen toys and the Toymail app will store it so that it can be played back from a smartphone.
NYC Incubator Grand Central Tech Snags Talent-Heavy Second Batch
July 14, 2015
Project September Project September is a stealthy social commerce startup founded by Alexis Maybank (co-founder of Gilt), Leah Park, and Dustin Whitney. Sage Food Sage makes food labels annotated by food experts (nutritionists, dietitians, food scientists), with easy-to-understand data about nutritional value . Senvol Senvol sells a service that analyzes and quantifies how adoption of additive manufacturing will change a business’ bottom line. Source3 Source3 is a an enterprise licensing and rights management platform to distribute 3D designs. Toymail Founded by Apple and MIT alums who developed several connected hardware products, Toymail creates fun, IoT-enabled toys that facilitate two-way messaging between adults (e.g. mom, grandpa) and children. Wheelhouse Education Wheelhouse trains developers, engineering leaders and business stakeholders on how to build better software through technology enhanced training.
Amazon Unbundles Alexa Virtual Assistant From Echo With New Dev Tools
June 25, 2015
Alexa Voice Services would allow anyone to actually take Alexa and build it into their own hardware product, meaning Alexa is now officially unbundled from Echo. So that means you could build a bedside alarm clock/iPhone charging station that can also listen for and interpret Alexa voice commands, or create a vending machine that understands and is able to serve products according to customer requests. This is a bold move and a clear indication that Amazon wants to own voice-powered computing everywhere. Some launch partners for this service include Scout, which is going to build the assistant into its home security solution, as well as Toymail, which is putting it inside its connected kids’ toys. The $100 million in available funds should also help kickstart the ecosystem, in addition to the freely available developer tools. This is an arms race kicking off, make no mistake, and Amazon wants to get out to an early lead.
Amazon Introduces the Alexa Fund: $100 Million in Investments to Fuel Voice Technology Innovation
June 25, 2015
Toymail is creating a new category of connected toys that enable parents and children to communicate without the need for the child to be using a smartphone or tablet device. Parents can talk to a child through a toy called the Mailman that has a speaker, a microphone, and an Internet connection. They simply use the Toymail mobile app to leave voice messages that are delivered to their child on the Mailman. Now, with the Alexa Skills Kit, Toymail is enabling a grandparent to say, “Alexa, send a Toymail for Ben…I love you and remind your mom I’m bringing dinner over at 5 pm tonight. I can’t wait to see you guys.” In addition, Toymail is using the Alexa Voice Service to add Alexa capabilities to the Mailman—just press a button on the Mailman to say “Alexa, read a story” for the family to enjoy a bedtime audiobook together via the toy’s speakers.
Amazon launches a $100 million fund to support the AI brain behind its Echo device
June 25, 2015
To help with this, Amazon has built the investment fund which ensures that certain services and products will be working with the Echo. The fund has already made investments in The Orange Chef, a company making connected kitchen prep devices; Scout Alarm, a DIY connected security system; Garageio, which makes a connected garage door opener; Toymail, a company building connected toys; Dragon Innovation, which helps companies build consumer devices and will promote the Alexa services to its customers; MARA, a virtual running coach; and Mojio, a company making a device that plugs into a car’s diagnostics port.
Amazon Echo now has the tools to talk to your whole house
June 25, 2015
The move is a part of a greater effort to ramp up Alexa's skills and bring her capabilities to other products. Developers can use another another new tool called Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to make Internet-connect products work with Alexa. This means a Wi-Fi alarm clock could let an Amazon Echo user ask, "What is the weather today" or "What's on my calendar today?" Hardware makers including the smart Scout Alarm, Wi-Fi connected toy company Toymail and Wink are among the first companies with products that integrate with Alexa, Amazon said. Considering the positive early buzz around the product, the strategy to ramp up Alexa's capabilities is smart. The Echo is also the obvious choice to become Amazon's smart home-automation hub, and introducing its voice abilities to other products and services could make it more appealing to own and use.
This is the city with the largest percentage of women-led startups
June 1, 2015
Gauri Nanda is co-founder of Toymail, a Carroll Gardens company that makes toys with a built-in messaging system so parents can communicate with kids without a computer or phone. She previously lived in Boston, where she launched her first company, Clocky. The Boston start-up community is closely tied to that city’s universities, but in Brooklyn “there aren’t institutions or giant corporations that dominate,” says Nanda. “The culture is really in its nascent stages, so there is an opportunity to be a part of that, and the tech community is small and very supportive, and doesn’t feel competitive.”
Dads reveal what they really want for Father's Day
May 22, 2015
The only downside to Toymail — an ingenious little system that lets you send voice messages to your kids that are received and played by an adorable anthropomorphizing mailbox — is that it's so cute it might make everyone using it puke.
Entrepreneurs Create Must-Have Products Inspired by Parenthood
January 27, 2015
Tip Pee Toe Folding Toddler Step Stool: Created by Erin Chancler, the Tip Pee Toe is the perfect solution for public toilets and sinks, travel, and potty training. The ezpz Happy Mat: Created by Lindsey Laurain, this placemat and plate in one suctions to the table, capturing kids' messes and eliminating tipped bowls or plates. Toymail Mailmen: Created by Audry Hill and Gauri Nanda, Toymail is the only kid-friendly WIFI toy messenger. Use the free Toymail app anywhere in the world to message your children via Mailmen toys & your child can reply back. Carseat Sidekick: Created by Stacy and Adam Teague, The Carseat Sidekick attaches to any infant car seat and holds the straps out of the way while parents place baby in or take baby out of the car seat.
http://fortune.com/2014/12/19/smart-devices-holidays/
December 19, 2014
Toymail, a voicemail box disguised as a toy animal, lets parents and children exchange messages without making live calls. Perfect for the perpetually traveling parent who doesn't want to give their young child a cellphone. Simply connect the toy mailbox, which comes in six different animal shapes to the Wi-Fi network. Download the app and presto: Now you can call the mailbox through the app and leave a message. The mailbox will snort or wheeze to let kids know they have a message, and they can reply.
A Review of Digital Technology for Children
December 10, 2014
Many toddlers may be too young to use smartphones and laptops, but they still like to stay in contact with family members. Toymail, a start-up with operations in Michigan and Brooklyn, gives them an opportunity to stay connected with Mailmen, a line of whimsical smart toys that work like Wi-Fi walkie-talkies. Voice messages are sent through the Toymail app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. When a Mailman receives a message, it snorts and growls and plays the message in a funny voice. Children can reply with the press of a button. Busy parents can subscribe to a daily greeting, which includes jokes and fun facts, delivered every morning.
Best gadget gifts for kids
December 6, 2014
Ok, I confess: This one is partly for your kids and partly for you, the parents. The Toymail Mailmen ($59) are super cute, super durable characters your kids can play with all day long, but they have a secret. These quirky toys are actually Wi-Fi walkie talkies that you can use to check in with your youngsters wherever in the house — or world — they might be. The adult can use an app on their smartphone, and kids get the message through the toy right away. It's a pretty sweet way to keep in touch and the kids can even reply right from the toy itself.
Toymail hints at a future of internet-connected toys
December 5, 2014
But what if your 5-year-old’s toy doesn’t just say “I’ve got a tough assignment for you” (as my GI Joe did), but speaks your own words—yes, you, dear parent—even when you’re gone for a week on a business trip to China. That’s the idea behind Toymail, billed as a “WiFi walkie talkie.” Initially funded on Kickstarter, the website for creative projects, Toymail now consists of several animals, known as Mailmen, in the shape of mailboxes and costing $60 each. A parent uses an smartphone app to record a voice message, and that voice message is then transmitted to the toy via Toymail’s built-in WiFi. The toy mailbox makes an animal noise—a snort, say, or a whinny—to alert a child that there’s a new message.
Fun Tech Gifts For Kids, From Jennifer Jolly (VIDEO)
December 4, 2014
USA Today Lifestyle Tech Editor Jennifer Jolly says that one of the biggest trends for tech gifts for kids are gadgets that mimic what their parents already have. For example, the LeapBand for kids, which is similar to the FitBits for adults.The LeapBand is a fitness activity tracker, which keeps a record of the child's movement. Jennifer likes this gift because it pulls your child into the digital world in a safe way. It also gets them up and exercising! It's recommended for children ages 4-7, and sells for $29.99. Another fun gift this year is Toymail, a mailbox toy which connects to your smartphone, and plays a message through the mailbox, recorded by whoever is using the app. Pushing a button and hearing a message from your loved one brings the physicality of their voice into the child's home, and is a nice way to connect without actually being on the phone.
Cool Gifts for Tech-Lovers
December 1, 2014
The sweetest looking voicemail for the wee one in your life. By downloading the app, parents or long-distance family members can send messages to the child’s animal inbox. It even works in reverse. The Toymail changes the tone of the messages into a high-pitched, cute voice.
Message in a Toy
November 5, 2014
Parents record voice messages from their own phones through an app, and Toymail snorts or whinnies—depending on the animal—to notify kids that they’ve got a message.
Cisco Announces Winners of IoT Innovation and Security Grand Challenges; Launches Worldwide IoT Challenge for Young Women
October 15, 2014
Cisco hosted a crowdsourced community for its IoT Innovation Grand Challenge and received more than 800 entries from 71 countries for a chance to win $250,000 in prizes. Six finalists were invited to participate in a live judging event at the IoT World Forum this week in Chicago and the following three teams were selected as winners, with first place going to Relayr, second place going to Waygum.io; and third place going to Toymail: 1st place – $150,000 Relayr (Berlin, Germany) is providing simple and inexpensive tools that will accelerate developers' ability to take advantage of IoT and start programming for the physical world around us. 2nd place – $75,000 Waygum.io (Dublin, California) is connecting mobile devices to machinery and enabling developers to create mobile-enabled industrial applications. 3rd place – $25,000 Toymail (Gross Points, Michigan) is changing how the world plays by bringing IoT to toys and fostering communication between children and their families.
Toymail is a "game changer" for tech toys, says Firebox
October 7, 2014
The product allows parents to record a voice message using an app, hit send, and the Toymail toys will speak the message back to their children. Kids can then reply directly using the toy. Toymail, a toy-based email/voicemail system, will be a game changer for the world of tech toys, according to quirky online retailer Firebox. The product allows parents to record a voice message using an app, hit send, and the Toymail toys will speak the message back to their children. Kids can then reply directly using the toy. “Toymail is incredibly innovative,” said Ben Redhead, head of buying at Firebox. “Appcessory toys are common place now, but utilising this technology for the purpose of communication and bringing families together is its unique selling point.
Talk to Your Kid All Day With This Sweet Toy
May 1, 2014
We love scouring crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe for new, cool product ideas that entrepreneurs are trying to get off the ground. Many of the projects aren't worth your cash (sometimes they even turn out to be fake!), but there are also many we root for. This month, a project called Toymail piqued our interest. Toymail (which ended a successful Kickstarter campaign in December), is a toy for children (ages 3+) that connects with your smartphone and lets you send voice messages to your child. Then they can respond with a message back! It retails for $59, and looks like a mailbox disguised as a cute animal — like this guy, Snort the Pig. Toymail works with your home Wi-Fi network, so there's no need for a data plan. The free app connects your smartphone directly to the toy, and lets you send about 300 free messages (50 mb of data) per month (it's $0.99 per 50 extra messages if you go over). You record a message in the app, choose if you want your kid to hear your voice or the animal's (each one has a quirky personality), and send. The toy makes a sound alerting your child that she has a message, and she can play and respond to it with just a press of a button. You can chat with your kid all day — even when you're caught in traffic on the way home for dinner.
Mom short on time? 10 gadget gifts that'll solve everything
May 1, 2014
Mom wants to stay in touch when she’s away from home, even if her kids are too little for emails and texts. Toymail’s adorable mailbox ($59) makes it easy for your kids to send you voice messages that you receive in an app, and you can send them back to the device from the app as well. It’s easy to use for even the tiniest of messengers, with only two buttons to push to play and record. Now that’s the best kind of voicemail.
MoMA Design Store Unveils Kickstarter Collection
April 30, 2014
One of these products, available exclusively through MoMA Design Store, is the Present Clock. Designer and filmmaker Scott Thrift created it as a response to the rapid pace of modern life, where hours, days, months and seasons fly by too quickly to mark. His Present Clock takes a full year to make one circuit. Because it moves so slowly, going through color fields inspired by the season, the clock suggests a staying of time - and encourages reflection and repose. Also a part of the collection, the Toymail Mailmen are a new breed of smart toys, allowing children to stay connected to family and friends far away through voice messages. Gauri Nanda and Audry Hill wanted to develop technology for children that was meaningful and fun, but without screens. Using a simple app on a smart phone, adults can record and leave messages for kids that can be played in their own voices or through the mailman's silly voice, connecting them without computers or tablets.
THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY TOY GUIDE OF 2013
March 16, 2014
Get all of the little ones on your list a gift that stands out. Toys that will encourage your child to use their imagination, develop their motor development, and be nothing but absolute fun! Whether it be for a boy, girl, or something a little more gender neutral, we have compiled a toy guide for every child!
ToyMail mailmen act as simple communication tool-toys for kids
December 6, 2013
If you're in the mood for an above-average strange and positive learning tool for kids this season, creators Gauri Nanda and Audry Hill have a project you might want to take a peek at: ToyMail. Using handheld toys called "mailmen", this project allows the user to record a message in an iPhone app and subsequently have that message transmitted to their child. The child hears the message, giggles, and has only to press a single button to send a message back. If the simplest ideas are the most ingenious, Nanda and Hill have hit the mark in just about as brilliant a way possible while still sticking inside the mobile universe we're all firmly planted in today. The duo took to Kickstarter last month to make this project a reality with the support of hundreds of supporters, coming out with a cool $23,000 more than they'd set their initial goal. Now comes manufacturing and distribution.
Twitter for Kids: Cuddly Toys That Let Parents Update Their Tots
November 27, 2013
Toymail has created a kind of intergenerational Twitter that connects adults and kiddos through talking toys. Toymail consists of two components—a roster of five quirky plastic animals that connect to the web via Wi-Fi and an iPhone app that allows adults to record voicemail messages. The messages are passed through audio processing filters on Toymail's servers so it sounds like the child's companion animal is delivering the message. Designer Gauri Nanda skipped standby animals like dogs and cats in favor of a twee menagerie that would make Wes Anderson proud.
A Talking Mailbox That Growls
November 27, 2013
The product designer Gauri Nanda, 34, is best known for waking up adults, and now she is giving children their first phones. In 2006, fresh out of M.I.T. graduate school, she introduced Clocky, a wheeled alarm clock that noisily runs away if no one turns it off. More than 600,000 Clockys and their spherical cousins, Tockys, have been sold through her company, Nanda Home. Her latest idea, Toymail, is a line of plastic miniature mailboxes with animal faces. They play messages sent from phones, and children can send recorded replies by pressing simple arrow buttons. Ms. Nanda spoke at her all-white Brooklyn apartment about how she and her co-developer, Audry Hill, finalized the creatures (expected to sell for $55, plus a minimal charge per message) and how young testers for Toymail Co. are reacting. (This interview has been condensed and edited.)
Toymail Mailmen – The cutest of all options before kids are ready for their own cell phones.
November 24, 2013
Really young kids aren’t ready for their own cell phones yet, but we love the idea of being able to communicate remotely with our elementary age kids while they’re with a babysitter or just send them a funny message while they’re playing in their rooms. Which is why the Toymail Mailmen is about the coolest alternative to something like the dryer Voxer app. And the Mailmen looks way more fun. Developed by two smart Brooklyn women, these little guys are colorful Wi-Fi enabled plastic toys that can receive (and send back) messages to any approved contact, anywhere. So while you’re stuck at work too late, you can use Snort to tell the kids to brush their teeth. Or while your sister is traveling around Paris, she can send a sweet bonjour to her nieces and nephews at bedtime, and they can say it back. The design is inspired by city mailboxes–look closely–and I love that they look so hip and modern.
Boss Your Kid Around By Making A Toy Pig Talk
November 22, 2013
So when Gauri Nanda and Audry Hill designed a 21st-century-appropriate kids toy, they stuck to an important maxim: "We didn't want to create another toy that puts a kid in front of a screen," Nanda says. Instead, they built Toymail, a cartoonish line of animal-mailbox hybrids that function like a messaging service for kids. The Mailmen sync to an app via Wi-Fi, where parents (or grandparents, or aunts and uncles, and so on) may send voice messages to the little ones. When a message is received, the Mailmen will oink or grunt to alert its owner, who can chat back through a built-in microphone. Toymail cleverly rethinks not just a mobile communication device, but the toy category as well. Talking toys (think Woody and Buzz from Toy Story) have a finite number of expressions. The Toymail gang can actually scale, because the dialogue will become more sophisticated as the kid matures. "We realized that there was no better way to create evolving content than by letting the users do it," Nanda tells Co.Design. "Each of the Mailmen is its own character, a composite of all of the important people in a kid's life."
The Toymail App and Mailmen Toys Send Your Love
November 18, 2013
Inventors Gauri Nanda (the brain behind the Clocky rolling alarm clock) and Audry Hill would like to introduce you to the Mailmen, a line of colorful, four-inch-tall, Wi-Fi-enabled toys that allow you to send messages to your munchkins in real time via an app on your phone. Back the project now, and Toymail promises to ship the innovative toys in time for Christmas. Kids can choose from five animal-inspired characters who snort, whinny, or growl when a message comes in. Parents can decide whether the characters “talk” in their voices or through a filter. One press of the play button and your “I love you” gets relayed (and kids can reply) — creating an instant connection from your office to the playground. We predict littles will adore their new dolls who sound like Mom (or Grandpa or Aunt Suzie). And you’ll love the smart use of technology — no screen required. Available for preorder on kickstarter.com, $50-$200 pledge. For more information, go to toymailco.com.
Toymail Is A Cute Talking Toy That Lets Parents Send Messages To Their Kids From An App
November 15, 2013
Here’s another twist on messaging aiming to make digital comms more fun. Toymail is a Wi-Fi connected toy that lets parents talk remotely to their kids via a smartphone app — with their message spoken in the toy’s tone of voice. Why can’t they just give their kids a cheap phone and call them up? Of course they can, but a phone probably isn’t going to be as cute looking or fun sounding as Toymail’s ‘Mailmen’ toys. Toymail is not the first cutesy connected object that can remotely convey messages. The now defunct Nabaztag rabbit springs to mind. Toymail’s Mailmen also have some spiritual overlap with The Little Printer — although where that gizmo churns out tiny little rolls of paper inked with messages, the Mailmen’s missives are pure audio.
Toymail lets you send voice messages to kids through adorable smart toys
November 9, 2013
We’ve already seen investors pour millions into talking teddy bears, now Gauri Nanda, the creator of the Clocky rolling alarm clock, is introducing a talking toy technology of her own: Toymail. Think of it as voicemail for kids that emit from cute little connected toys, which Nanda calls “Mailmen.” Through the Toymail app, you can send a voice message to any child you know with a Mailman, and they can reply simply by talking into the toy. The Toymail app also lets you apply fun voice filters, which will make the voice notes even more appealing to younger children.
Toymail. We Send Mail to Toys.
November 1, 2013
Gauri Nanda, the designer, entrepreneur and MIT Media Lab Alum who unleashed Clocky, the alarm clock on wheels, is about to roll out a revolutionary concept in the world of toys called “Toymail.” “Toymail is like voicemail or email but way more fun because your messages are sent to toys to speak back,” says Nanda. “First our team created the Mailmen, the toys that deliver your Toymail. Then we developed an app where you connect to kids you know, record them a message, and send it right from your phone to their toys.” Children can reply to their Toymail directly from the Mailmen and the Toymail app will store it so that it can be played back from a smartphone. So, this is not just any talking toy, but one that can handle a two-­‐way conversation.
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