Yip Yap Debuts Pipsqueak 'Phone' for Young Kids
Yip Yap recently announced the Pipsqueak, a Bluetooth accessory for young children that lets kids have their own "phone" — even though it isn't really a phone. The Pipsqueak is a kid-friendly device shaped like a flip phone that is durable, colorful, and customizable with interchangeable covers. It uses Bluetooth to pair with any regular cell phone and can then be used to make/receive phone calls through the real cell phone. The product is being pitched as a safer way to let kids make phone calls without putting the parents' expensive devices at risk, as well as to reduce the amount of radiation to which the kids are exposed (Bluetooth radiation is less powerful than cell phone radiation). According to Yip Yap, it is developing iOS and Android apps that will allow parents to control what numbers can/cannot be passed through to the Pipsqueak. In addition to the phone call functionality, Pipsqueak is a media player, has a voice recorder, can be used as a soundboard, and also serves as a "wander alert" of sorts (the mobile app alerts the host device when the Bluetooth connection is lost). Yip Yap has lined up manufacturing facilities to produce the first run of Pipqueaks, but the company is looking for more funding through KickStarter. Pricing and availability have not been announced.
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PIPSQUEAK Needs Your Support! - From the Creators
On behalf of the Yip Yap team we want to say thank you for learning about Pipsqueak. We've worked for nearly two years to take Pipsqueak from an idea Angela dreamed up to a real product that people (including us) can benefit from.
Because production minimums are high and there are upfront tooling and development costs we've posted a campaign on Kickstarter to fund our first production run of the 2,000 unit minimum order.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
If we don't hit our minimum goal on Kickstarter ($188k) then nobody pays anything and Pipsqueak remains in prototype status a bit longer. But the minute we do hit our goal our factory in San Antonio, TX is ready to go.
PLEASE back Pipsqueak on Kickstarter, every ...
Waste of Technology
Personally,I'm waiting for the Stratosphere 2!
Thank you for the encouragement, it means a lot to us to have the idea be received well, after nearly two years of development and keeping it a secret!
We just handed the newest prototype with newly improved buttons to our 5-year old...
A step toward the future
Is this good for children?
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe this is no different from the Fisher-Price work bench with plastic tools. Maybe this is no worse than a pedal car, but I suspect it is.
We all know that as adults these children will be using mobile devices and being fluent with them is going to be a key characteristic of successful people. Just as we do not allow the very young to drive their pedal cars in the street because they are unaware of the dangers or unable to compensate for them I have to wonder if we really need to be exposing the younger kids to this.
Thank you for commenting and helping to move this dicussion about a new way of thinking forward.
As one of the parents in the household where this idea was born I'm curious whether or not you have young kids in your home currentl...