This bedtime gadget turns your phone into a projector

Kinderling News & Features

We just love this cool new phone accessory. It’s called Moonlite and combines a ViewMaster-like projector with your phone light to make bedtime stories much more fun.

This little story projector has a glow-in-the-dark device that snaps onto your smart phone. You then insert a 12-image reel and open the book in the free iOS/Android app. The words come up on the screen at the same time as the corresponding image, so when you manually flick to the next picture, the pages turn on your screen. You can also play sound effects (if you don’t want to make all the sounds yourself). 

It’s been created by a mum (who’s also a former Google software engineer) in the United States, who found that her daughter wasn’t really enjoying bedtime stories. She began creating shadow puppet stories with her hands and her phone light. Before too long she came across the winning idea to combine the shadows with the stories. 

They currently have seven books in the Moonlite library, so you can have a bit of variety with the story you tell each night, too! 

It will be available on both Apple and Android. Right now it’s a Kickstarter campaign that’s well and truly reached its goal. So you can pre-order now for US$35 and have it delivered in April this year. Luckily for us, they send anywhere in the world which is great news in Aus! 

Check out their video to get the full idea of how it works: 

Also see:

:: Download shows, stories and sleepy tunes with our free app
:: Hear our new Minute of Listening audio series
:: Extending books into creating art