My wife and I, the makers of VidSit (with the help of some amazing developers) are new parents.
While I was travelling for work in 2012, the most interaction I could get with my son was over the phone. Whenever I was unable to video chat, I would call and my picture showed up on my wife's iPhone and my son would start to babble. When the picture 'timed out' and the screen went black, my son would stop talking. When my wife hit the 'home' button again, my picture popped back up and my son started to babble again. It was hilarious! But it also gave me an amazing idea for a tablet / smartphone app.
We have a vision to provide teachers, health care providers, parents and others like us with a unique patent-pending method of interaction between at least two users, even when one user is offline! The goals for this method include: Selecting a video to share, Recording your interaction with a shared video and then Reviewing / Sharing the video recorded.
VidSit accomplishes this goal through its mobile application that can be used on tablets and smartphones.
What does VidSit do?:
1) Offline Interaction between two users
a) While one user may be offline and/or unavailable, by playing back a video recorded by the offline user, the online user can use the VidSit app to record themselves interacting with the video being played back to allow for a real-time response.
b) The online user can then review the recorded video and then re-record the video and/or share the video with the offline user.
c) The offline user can then play back the video shared by the online user and respond with their own video recorded in real time.
2) Cause and Effect Relationships for Kids (Iphone Version):
a) A great ‘cause and effect’ relationship game is when an adult points out and identifies different facial features (e.g. head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth…) and then asks a child to copy by pointing to and repeating the name of the facial feature. Until the child points to and repeats the name of the facial feature in response, the game does not go on.
i) With the VidSit app, when anyone records themselves pointing to and saying aloud a facial feature, during playback of that video within the VidSit app, a child will need to say the facial feature aloud (or attempt to say something in general) before the video will continue playback. Thus, a child will learn that when they speak, it causes the effect of a video to continue playback - Similar to what my son was hoping for when he was speaking to me on the phone!
ii) As the VidSit app allows playback of any video in the camera roll, no matter what language(s) is being spoken, the VidSit app will allow anyone in the video to interact with the child in their preferred language(s).
b) When an adult turns on the Auto-Pause Playback feature for a video, they have two additional parameters that they can set.
i) Auto-Pause Interval – This feature manages the time period for when a video will pause during playback. By reducing the time between Auto-Pause Intervals, you will increase the pauses during playback to require more verbal responses from your child to continue playback.
ii) Auto-Pause Sound Meter - This feature allows you to account for the background noise in your room. By increasing the Sound Meter level, the VidSit App will take into account more background noise. Accordingly, a child will have to speak louder for the VidSit app to acknowledge their response and continue playback of a video.
With the VidSit app, anyone can engage with anyone else at ANYTIME!