Snaptcher

Helping parents discover their child’s life at school.

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Snaptcher is a service to help parents to discover their children’s life at school through photos cooperatively taken by two children using a Snaptcher camera at school. The photos would be sent to parents’ digital devices to give a little glimpse of everyday activities from their children’s perspective. Later on, this glimpse would be a hint for parents to ask more detailed questions which are easier for children to answer, triggering them to tell a whole story.

The existing communication between the school and parents generally comes from the teacher’s perspective. Children sometimes bring objects or drawings back home to share. Snaptcher provides another way of communication which is instant, virtual and direct from children to parents.

The main insights derived from the research phase were based on the parent’s mindset. Many parents find that “ how is your day?” is too broad a question for children. It is good to have some hints for parents to ask detailed questions. And also, some spontaneous information from children would be a small pleasure.

In order to allow parents to see through their children’s eyes, Snaptcher sees from two perspctives: from the children’s side regarding the capture of images and from the parents’ side for viewing and sharing.

On children’s side, there is a multi-user camera device. The Snaptcher camera has a separated viewfinder, display screen and shutter. One child uses the viewfinder to discover the environment; the other looks at the screen and presses the shutter button to capture images. The images will automatically upload to the Snaptcher online system. Afterwards, the system will send images to parents in different levels of sharing.

Multi-user functions create an opportunity to let children play together with a camera. It also increase awareness of action and reaction. Children can learn what they do could influence the other side and vice versa.

On the parents’ side, there are three levels of sharing images. The first one, also the most instant, is a daily update. The system will send a pushed message with few selected photos (which parents might more interested in) to their mobile device as a daily surprise from their children. The second level is rapid glancing by compiling compelling pictures from a single day into 30 seconds slideshow video. If parents have more time, they can log-in to the system and browse all of the images individually.

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