Deciding how much screen time your child should be allowed is a dilemma most of today's parents face. Too much technology could make it feel like family time is a thing of the past as everyone's attention is directed to devices.
"[Wonderscope] creates narrative-driven experiences that change the way kids engage with mobile devices by encouraging movement, reading aloud and interactive play," the company said in a press release.
Families can choose between interactive stories like A Brief History of Amazing Stunts by Astounding People or Little Red the Inventor. The app plans to add another story, Wonder's Land Ringmaster Wanted, in the future.
In the stories, users can move around, explore, and interact with the world. Stories unfold in the living room, the backyard, or the child's bedspread.
Reading the text on the screen lets you communicate with the characters in the game. The app encourages movement and helps build reading skills. The stories teach lessons about bravery, learning, ambition, and more.
"Wonderscope allows kids to engage on a deeper level and feel valued as they play an active character in the story," WITHIN's COO, Colin Decker said. "We are only beginning to explore the new ways that technology can be used to support growth, development, and confidence in young audiences."
WITHIN's CEO Chris Milk wanted the app to create a more dynamic experience that could be shared by parents and kids.
"Rather than disappearing into our devices and shutting out the world, Wonderscope promotes a new kind of screen-positive experience, one that opens you up to everything and everyone around you," Milk said in a press release.
The app is free and comes with A Brief History of Amazing Stunts by Astounding People for free. Little Red the Inventor costs $5.
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- The Wonderscope app wants to integrate family time and screen time using dynamic, interactive AR stories.
- Users can move around, explore, and interact with the worlds. The stories teach lessons about bravery, learning, ambition, and other topics. The app encourages movement and helps build reading skills.
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