Chicago Entrepreneur Uses Video Chat to Launch Online Reading Tool for Children and Families
NEW YORK – March 26, 2010– Readeo, a patent-pending web application that allows families to read together over the Internet, announced today that ooVoo, a leader in video-driven communication, will be Readeo's preferred video chat service. The venture combines Readeo's online reading application with ooVoo's video chat technology to allow families to share story time over the Internet even when far apart.
Readeo's BookChatTM functionality is made up of beautifully digitized picture books with seamless webcam integration to enable friends and families to see, read and interact with children face-to-face over the Internet.
"ooVoo gives our customers get the best reading experience possible with technology that's reliable and easy-to-use, and the clear video stream helps keep children engaged in the story," said Coby Neuenschwander, entrepreneur and founder of Readeo. "We chose ooVoo after testing other video chat alternatives, and we found that the high quality service gives children, parents and grandparents a new way to experience the joys of reading."
"We are thrilled that Readeo selected ooVoo to support its online reading platform," said ooVoo CEO Philippe Schwartz. "This revolutionary communication tool combines the best children's books with the latest in video chat technology to create a unique, shared reading experience over the Internet."
Readeo powered by ooVoo is an affordable tool for friends and families to stay in touch with children who love to read. Anyone can sign up and try Readeo's BookChat™ for free using Readeo's Book of the Month. Users who would like access to Readeo's entire library can sign up as members for $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year.
The company was founded in Chicago in 2009 by CEO Coby Neuenschwander who was looking for an innovative way for his son Oliver to stay connected with out-of-town grandparents. Reading together with video chat became the vehicle for strengthening the relationship between grandchild and grandparents. Readeo's product features include award-winning book titles, personalized bookshelves, a library searchable by age, gender and subject matter, and a book-of-the- month that is free to read for all Readeo users. The company's website is www.readeo.com.
Founded in 2006, ooVoo is a New York-based company that provides a high-quality video-driven communication service to anyone with a computer, broadband connection and a web camera. ooVoo's technology enables people to experience an online face-to-face conversation and share a full range of emotions as if they are in the same room together. ooVoo offers high-resolution video with up to six participants, video conversation recording, telephone calling, desktop sharing, video messaging, instant message chat and file sharing. Download ooVoo at www.ooVoo.com.