December 10, 2014

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Captain McFinn “Swim & Play” , a new first-of-its-kind children’s app, is now available

Captain McFinn “Swim & Play” , a new first-of-its-kind children’s app, is now available.

As we head into the holiday season, apps and toys for children will be front and center. For more than 65 years the concept of children’s interactive TV has been an audience draw , with Howdy Doody, Mr. Rogers, Steve from Blue’s Clues, and even Dora the Explorer had/have the perception of being interactive.   But what if the character could truly interact with the parent and child in real-time, respond to the child’s prompts/accomplishments and even call out the child’s name?  It is now possible with the Captain McFinn “Swim & Play” tablet based app. 
 
It is the first children's app, aimed at kids aged 3-5, that allows the users to truly interact and communicate back with a live facilitator/host and touch content in a way never before done – and all in a secure setting alongside their friends. The host helps you/your child navigate through an interactive experience, learning important pro-social life lessons in a fun and engaging way.  

You can download and experience the app here. During the experience a live host will guide you on your journey as you swim alongside Captain McFinn (a fun loving shark) and his friends in Sand Dusty Reef, interacting with the characters, participating in games and engaging content, and learning valuable life lessons along the way.
 
Further information is below, to keep Captain McFinn “Swim & Play” in mind for your coverage of holiday roundups, app reviews, business tech features, or other upcoming stories!  Please let us know if you have questions, and/or if you are interested in an interview with Ranjy Thomas, CEO of Flying Rhino, the creators of this groundbreaking live interactive technology.
 
FURTHER INFO:
 
The app is being introduced by Captain McFinn and Friends, a brand dedicated to teaching children pro-social lessons through impactful story-telling, strong character development and relevant content through books, videos and local mall activations.  The Captain McFinn Swim & Play app, which debuts today in the Apple iTunes store, combines never-before-seen technology created by Flying Rhino in Portland, Oregon, with content that is informed by leading educators in the areas of bullying and early childhood development.  Parents are able to help guide their children as they learn these social-emotional life lessons.  It is important to highlight that the app complies with all COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) safety standards, so although parents/children can see the host, the host cannot see them.  Through proprietary technology, the host reacts to prompts, responses and creations by the child and texts from the parent (through a secure chat box) to make the interactive experience truly customized.  
 
PRICING: The app is currently available under a subscription based, freemium model. The freemium subscription model offers 10 minutes of free play at the start of the game, with subscription tiers of 1-month, 3-month and 6-month periods.  The pricing is $4.59, $3.59 and $2.59 per month, respectively.