1. The Story
Teaching kids letters through an app is not a new concept. It has been around for a while. So what new can distinguish our app from others? What could help Bengali kids living abroad learn their mother tongue easily through fun and interactive tools? – brainstormed Sandip Saha and Swarnendu De, co-founders of Innofied. And Barnoparichay was launched in March 2015 on the App Store and Play Store with an interface replicating the old-school slate-pencil based learning experience. The app allows children to read, write and practice with virtual color pencils and eraser.
“Very good app. When I downloaded this 1 year ago, there were some features, most of them are paying versions but now all are free. My daughter loves to listen to rhymes very much.” – Chandan Kumar Maiti
2. The Challenge
Our first challenge was to keep the app interface minimalistic yet maintain the feel of a traditional school classroom with the use of slate-pencil concept. We wanted to make it easy for our users to make corrections in their writing just the way they would in a real-life slateboard. So we introduced an erasable duster element. We used memory management to process a huge number of images at a time.
“Good app for kids. Thanks for making this type of app. Carry on.” – Jahangir Alam
3. The Solution
Our designers introduced a variety of colors and cartoons to brighten up the interface for its target audience – toddlers. To boost the performance and bring smoothness in the slate-board-and-chalk interface, we used core graphics (GPU for processing, using OpenGL ES 2.0 Framework). To make Barnoparichay even more exciting , we introduced a “Listen And Choose Correct Alphabet” feature aimed to improve the listening skills of little learners. In the Bengali version, we added a rich collection of popular Bengali rhymes, complete with colorful illustrations and audio clips.