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We are a very tech savvy family. As a blogger, I spend a lot of my time online, so I am usually the first to know about new apps and YouTube videos. As a mom of tweens, this makes me pretty "cool". My kids and I are able to share a special geeky bond, and we enjoy sharing all of our fun finds with each other. This week we enjoyed the new Pocket Avatars app from Intel. I think the thing that makes this app so much fun is that it gives us just one more fun way to communicate with each other. We have basic messaging apps, but nothing like this!
My sons and I are those tech geeks, that will text each other from the same room, or send memes to each other so we can laugh. We enjoy making silly YouTube videos, and just have fun being our crazy selves!
I can't tell you how much fun I've had sending messages to my kids using a pirate skull, with a deep voice saying " John, I'd like to play a game. You have 10 seconds to get downstairs for dinner, or you'll be forced to walk across a floor full of building blocks". Using the deep voice on the Pocket Avatars app, makes it sound like Saw (which my kids have never seen, but have watched funny YouTube parodies of, so they "get" the reference).
Take a look at some of my "Call To Dinner" messages:
We've also had tons of fun playing around with our dog Sophie, who has no idea why Jordan's iPod is asking her if she want a treat!
Even the girls enjoyed playing around with the apps.... well, after they waited patiently for their brother's to hand over the iPads!
This app was created by Intel, so it's not surprising that this app features facial recognition software. My kids love making silly faces, sticking their tongues out, and being very animated (no pun intended) when they create their messages, so this app truly goes above and beyond with the fun factor!
If your child is shy, but loves to act I would highly recommend this app. Using an Avatar is a lot like putting on a costume. There is just something freeing about being able to put on a mask, to really allow your true self shine. I have watched my shyest child produce some of the funniest messages from behind an avatar. Yet, this same child would never record a video like this if he didn't have a character to portray. As a mom I love seeing my children's creativity soar through the use of technology, and I hope that as they show more of themselves from behind the avatar, they will feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Not tech savvy? No worries, Intel's Pocket Avatars App is ridiculously easy to use! Follow the steps below, and you will be creating silly messages in no time.
Step 1: Download the Pocket Avatars App, and sign up for an account.
Step 2: Start browse the avatar selection and find your favorite avatars.
Step 3: Download each avatar that you would like to use.
Step 4: By selecting the record button you will come to the screen above. Make sure the box in the upper right hand corner is green before you start recording, that's the only way the app can respond to your facial movements. You can record for up to 15 seconds. You can send your message using the messages button at the bottom of the screen when sharing with other Pocket Avatar users.
Note: By selecting Audio Effects you can change the tone of your voice. We personally love the deep voice, but you can also use a high pitched voice as well.
Step 5: To share your message via email, text, Facebook, or Twitter, go into the Menu screen and select gallery. Choose the message you would like to share and send it out.
Step 6: After sharing hopefully your friends will be intrigued and download Pocket Avatars to their device. If so, you can view their messages under the Messages tab!
There are lots of free avatars, but you can also purchase special avatars using the Pocket Avatars coin system!
Want to see funny videos created by Pocket Avatars apps users? Check out the Pocket Avatars Twitter page!
Do you use apps with your family? If so, I'd love to hear about how your family has fun with technology.