The folks behind Toymail sent me one of their Mailmen toys to try out. It's a Wi-Fi connected creature that plays audio recordings that you make on your smart phone and send over the Internet. The toys also record messages spoken into their microphones and send them back to the smart phone. It's a neat idea and the critters are very cute. The company was cofounded by Gauri Nanda and Audry Hill. Gauri is the inventor of Clocky, the alarm clock that runs away. (I bought a Clocky for my daughter Jane a couple of years ago and she loves it.) The iPhone app is clever and shares the same adorable design as the critters.
They have nine days left to go on their Kickstarter and are over halfway towards meeting their goal of $60,000. A pledge of $50 or more will get you one of these Mailmen.Toymail. Send mail to toys from your phone.
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Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects