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Brief Published: 14 Dec 2016

Moonlite: Mobile Phone Bedtime Story Projector

Moonlite is the first mini bedtime story projector that attaches to a mobile phone, transforming reading into an immersive experience.

Designed to bridge the gap between traditional and digital books, Moonlite story reels clip on to Apple and Android smartphones to project full HD images onto the ceiling or wall using the phone’s built-in flashlight. An accompanying app plays sound effects and lets users turn the app’s pages like a real book, while limiting blue light emissions to minimise sleep disruption. The reels are also encoded with page detection software, so that when the reel is turned the app turns to the corresponding page, creating a seamless reading experience.

Moonlite was created by mother and Google software engineer Natalie Rebot and launched on crowdfunding site Kickstarter in November, where it reached 100% of its $20,000 fundraising goal and became a site Staff Pick in under 12 hours. The device, along with two story reels, is available for $30 and set to be delivered in April 2017.

Moonlite’s projector-like design and digital revival of classics like Little Red Riding Hood and The Ugly Duckling melds immersive technology with nostalgia. See Decoding Digital Parents, Playful Escapists and Pop Culture Year in Review for more on mobile-first parenting and the rise of old-school games and electronics, retro-themed pop-ups and physical spaces recalling throwback TV series.