Homebook is a camera working with a mobile application used by family to help generate and facilitate more meaningful parent-child conversationa.
The target audiences are working parents with 6-10 year-old child. The goal of the Homebook is to reduce parents’ stress as they learn more about their child’s viewpoints, personality, emotions/feelings, likes and dislikes, and potentially learn more about the struggles and challenges that most children don’t like to share with their parents, and to make children feel less defensive and share more of themselves which in turn will result in a happier child in the long run.
Homebook creates an opportunity for an informal and more effective parenting which uses the power of game and storytelling to make children talk more about their thoughts and feelings.
Parents first buy the Homebook camera and download the free Homebook application. Based on the age and gender parents set up for their child, the app will suggest a list of stories for them to read together. During reading stories, the app will prompt missions which will be automatically transferred into the camera. Then child can complete missions by shooting pictures at home, at school, or everywhere he/she likes. Afterwards, pictures in the camera will be automatically transferred back to the phone and continue stories. By watching the process of their child to complete missions, parents can discover their child’s viewpoints, new interests, and feelings. In the end, they can have a printed version of the story which will become a valuable shared memory.