Some of my favorite childhood memories include being read and learning to read myself only to get lost in a book. If you forgive me the oldmanyellsatcloud.gif moment: It is a painful loss that many children are so completely surrounded by screens that it is difficult to experience it. I was then delighted to see Oranoff launch its StoryPhones product at CES this year. The headset can, independent of any other device you connect to it for audio playback, store a bunch of audio content in the headset itself. Perfect for getting lost in the magic of fairy tales and magic.
The company announced that it even entered into a content collaboration with Disney for its launch, featuring a collection of children’s stories, bringing characters that children are likely to know on the big and small screen to their ears. The headphones will come with stories featuring some of the most well-known characters and stories from the Disney lineup including Mickey & Minnie Mouse, The Little Mermaid, Frozen, The Lion King, Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc. and more. . The company claims to have a library of carefully selected content suitable for children ages 3 and up.
In addition to the prerecorded content, the headphones support something the company calls “PlayShield,” where parents can record their own stories to a mobile app and upload them to the headphones to read them later. The company suggests it’s a way to connect with grandparents and distant families, bringing them all closer through storytelling.
Finally, the product has a feature called ZenShield, which “contains relaxing audio profiles to help over-stimulated children calm down, relax and even sleep.” You can think of it as a pause button for rowdy tykes, I guess. Sounds include piano music, ocean waves, raindrops, and more.
The headphones have a built-in SafeAudio function to keep the volume low to prevent hearing damage to sensitive ears of small children, and as a result, it has won some CES 2022 innovation awards, in “Headphones and personal audio” and “Health & Well-being ”.
The headset can store around 90 minutes of content on its pitiful 64MB of storage – in a world where a 4GB SD card can be bought for $ 4, I don’t understand why the company would only include so little accessible storage. to users; perhaps they will rethink this choice in a future version of the helmet.
Initially, the headphones are launched across Europe, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, UK and France, in five languages: Italian, Spanish, German, French and English. The suggested retail price in Europe is £ 84.99 (approx. US $ 115). for the United States, the StoryPhones package that includes a headset and a Mickey or Minnie StoryShield costs $ 99.90. StoryShields can also be purchased individually and range from $ 7.99 to $ 14.99.