Kideo has a simple vision: “make every kid a star”! The concept is so simple, but so fun – upload a picture of your child’s face to their website, type in their name, and the child can star in a video with one of their favourite characters. There are three different options available: streaming video (you watch online using your computer and Internet and can share via Facebook/Twitter/etc), video download (save to your computer and watch), or the classic DVD (mailed to you).
For review, I chose the “Dora, Diego and Me” streaming video. You can upload the picture of your child from your computer or Facebook account, or take a picture with your webcam. I used one from my computer, did a quick crop using the program provided (you want to get nice and close to their faces) and within 30 seconds was done. Since I was doing a streaming video, once I typed in Ashlyn’s name it was done and ready to be viewed! Here’s a screenshot to give you an idea of the excellent quality of the streaming video.
My daughter has never actually seen a Dora episode but she has a book that she is obsessed with so I thought she’d enjoy it. “Enjoy” is an understatement! As you can see, she was mesmerized – we actually watched it twice in a row the first time. Every time Dora said her name she’d look at me with a big smile!
I do find that when they say the child’s name it is quite a bit louder than the rest of the dialogue, but that doesn’t seem to bother Ashlyn. Now my only problem is that whenever she sees my laptop, she wants to watch her movie!
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