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September 2, 2008

a project you could help with

i would like to make an interactive picture book out of some of the audience-created drawings from the scribbler. The idea is to create something that a parent and young child could look at together. Each page features a common (and once in a while not so common) object that the child is asked to name: "dog", "cat", "scissor", etc...

Here is a collection of the images I would like to use...

Here is what i would love to have you help me with: On each page i would like to have an audio recording of a child naming (or trying to name) the object in question. The audio will either be triggered by a button (in parent interaction mode) or will play after a time lag (in story mode). If you have a kid who's interested, could you pick one of the objects in the set, record a very short piece of audio (<10 seconds) of the child reacting to the picture (preferably the child's voice only) and send it to me at ze@zefrank.com?

UPDATE: Here is a demo where you can see audio in action, as well as browse pics that don't have audio!

PS: any language is fine!

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Comments (20)

Can't promise anything but will send it along. It would be a good project for the nephews to learn how to record with their computer.

Posted by: boo at September 2, 2008 9:10 PM

So - you´re pregnant? Please say yes.

Posted by: Phil at September 2, 2008 10:57 PM

you are just too f*ing cool!

me=teh crazy

I deem you a genius

for what its worth...
also thanks for accepting me on facebook, (although I loathe the very idea of a social network)

Posted by: Eliot at September 3, 2008 6:04 AM

Ze anything u need feel free to email me if you think I can help!

Posted by: Gary Vaynerchuk at September 3, 2008 1:32 PM

Wish I could help, no kids here. . . I could always kidnap one, BRB.

Posted by: Mike at September 3, 2008 1:34 PM

Can we just send you raw audio, or do you need us to edit it, trim it, etc?

Posted by: Jeff at September 3, 2008 2:16 PM

Would this have to be in English? (My children speak only Dutch)

Posted by: Carola at September 3, 2008 2:18 PM

Great idea. I'll see if I can wrangle my daughters long enough to record something; very similar to the proverbial cat-herding.

Posted by: Tim Letscher at September 3, 2008 2:33 PM

Alas, I have no child and no child-like voice. ...so I'm sending this to all the breeders who've bred who I know.

Good luck!

Posted by: Jackaroo at September 3, 2008 2:59 PM

Great idea! I know a few kids who might be able to help out.

Posted by: Ben at September 3, 2008 2:59 PM

kids... love 'em. couldn't eat a whole one though. well, there's a preschool in my high school. may be able to track one down there. happy hunting.

-jay was here!

Posted by: jay at September 4, 2008 4:11 PM

We sent ours!

Posted by: Keri King at September 4, 2008 7:23 PM

Z...are Uncles Mike and Theo's 10 and 13 year old nephews too old for this? Is it scaring you that children you played with as infants are now 10 and 13? Am I rambling? Hope to see you soon! Amy

Posted by: Amy Harwood at September 4, 2008 9:50 PM

I'm sure I can find a small volunteer and assist with your project!

Posted by: bellabaci at September 5, 2008 12:09 AM

coooool my fat duck from ages ago is up there, i'm so proud :D

great idea, ze!

Posted by: Frieda at September 6, 2008 8:20 AM

My daughter will looooooove this game! :)

Posted by: Ve Lacerda at September 7, 2008 8:50 AM

I'd do it but it would be helpful if there was a "record audio" button next to the pictures. It's not easy to capture individual audio files and then send them to you synced with what pics they are for. I could take my 2 or 4yo through the slides and get recordings that would probably be good but how to package/send easily?

Posted by: Kris Tuttle at September 11, 2008 11:20 AM

How old can the child be for your book? Mine is 22 years old and is in gradschool.

I guess I missed the boat on this one.

Just let me know when you're working on a picture book, and you need a child who can knows advance calculus. Or if you are working on a picture book that involves quantum chemistry taking place in five dimensional spaces. I think I can help you out on that one.

Posted by: David W. at September 12, 2008 12:51 PM

très sympatique !

Posted by: papy at October 9, 2008 3:31 PM

I'm still a child...technically...I can try to sound younger??

Posted by: Helena at November 3, 2008 9:36 PM

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