Thoughts & ideas
Kidaptive teamed up with Idean to create the hottest apps in edutainment
Learning games and “edutainment” are the topics on everyone’s lips in Silicon Valley at the moment. With their impressive background in cognitive science, statistics, visual effects and animation, Kidaptive founders Dylan Arena and PJ Gunsagar were perfectly placed to tackle the challenge of creating engaging games while measuring young children’s cognitive development.
Kidaptive’s ”Parent’s Pad,” an assessment tool designed to deliver the most comprehensive feedback on preschoolers’ learning, was launched on May, 13, 2013.
Kidaptive’s iPad games are in the form of “appisodes” – top quality animations with an appealing story, where kids are given tasks such as identifying colors and shapes throughout the game. All their actions and responses are recorded, enabling parents to follow their child’s development on various dimensions of learning. The challenge was visualizing this data, as the dashboard has to communicate information to parents in the right level of detail and complexity. With no UX expertise in-house, Kidaptive came to Idean for help in creating the perfect solution.
Baby book KiDMEMO’s innovation is its interactivity
Some years ago entrepreneur Jenni Lahti (right in the photo above) had invited friends over for a dinner. At the table the discussion turned to baby books. Guests included many mothers of young children who thought that with the disappearance of paper photos, the whole concept of baby books had become slightly dated. In fact, they found that these once so cherished books were nowadays often forgotten in the corner of the bookshelf, unfilled. The party was wondering why there was no easy solution online, just like there is for everything else.
The idea of a digital baby book fascinated Lahti. She herself had had relatives living far away with whom she wanted to share stories and pictures of her kids, but had not yet found a secure and easy way to do so.
Thus was born KiDMEMO, an interactive baby book online. KiDMEMO’s basic idea is very simple. Through the web service parents can fill in the details and stories of their baby. When the book is ready, parents can order a paper copy for themselves or their relatives. Relatives and friends can also be added to the profile, which enables them to access the baby book online. Read more…
Idean Palo Alto is going strong – A report on the Finnish Business Daily
The Finnish Business Daily – Kauppalehti published a four-page report about Finnish companies rolling into the Silicon Valley. The reportage includes an interview of our US CEO Risto Lähdesmäki with a stunning picture of him on the porch of Idean House Palo Alto.
After one year of local presence on the US market, Idean is going strong. Our Palo Alto office currently employs 12 top professionals full-time, and has around 30 US companies as customers.
Read the whole report from here (In Finnish) The text about Idean is highlighted.
Idean’s Mikko-Pekka Hanski selected one of Finland’s top 100 IT-influencers
Last week, for the tenth time Finnish magazine Tietoviikko (Computerworld Finland) published a list of Finland’s top 100 IT-influencers. Our own Mikko-Pekka Hanski was nominated in the ”information society” –category.
According to Tietoviikko magazine, the purpose of the list is to tell their readers who are the IT- professionals worth listening to. This means that we will indeed be hearing Mikko-Pekka speaking at different events even more in 2013.
See the whole list from here.