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A screen-free audio platform that gives kids of all ages a fun way to independently explore millions of songs, podcasts, and audiobooks.

The Ellodee Sound Companion is a breakthrough audio console designed to be loved by kids of all ages and grow with them throughout childhood!    

Ellodee hand-curates the best music and stories from our library of 60 million songs, podcasts, and audiobooks.

The Sound Companion gives families a fun way for kids to independently listen and play their favorites again and again.

Designed with Fred Bould, the award-winning designer of the Nest Thermostat, the Ellodee Sound Companion can be used by kids as young as one and enjoyed by kids into their tweens and beyond.   

There are no screens, no cameras, no microphones, and no unpredictable algorithms, so you can trust that your kids are safe. 

Offline listening lets kids take their music and stories on the go, wherever they may roam. The Sound Companion works everywhere, every time!

Because Ellodee puts quality and durability first, the Sound Companion is technology that’s built to last.

The Sound Companion provides families:  

During these unprecedented times, we’re all grateful for the technology that helps us stay connected. But parents everywhere are worried their kids are spending too much time on screens, and it’s hard to set limits.

Experts are urging parents to help their kids unplug whenever possible. They recommend podcasts and audiobooks as healthier alternatives to screen time.

American Academy of Pediatrics, Finding Ways to Keep Children Occupied During These Challenging Times, March 2020.

But today audio lives on screens, which makes it hard for kids to listen when and where they want without supervision.

Ellodee empowers kids to enjoy music and stories independently in a way that parents can feel great about. Families across the U.S. are raving about the Sound Companion!

Ellodee is working with experts to make healthy tech for kids.  Dr. Libby Doggett, Ph.D., served as the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education, where she authored the influential “Guiding Principles for Use of Technology with Early Learners.”

 Ellodee is also being advised by New York Times Bestselling author Brad Meltzer, author of the beloved Ordinary People Change the World series of picture books for young readers and the popular new PBS program, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, based on the series. Like Ellodee, Brad believes in the power of a well told story. And like Ellodee cofounders Andy and Julie, Brad was inspired by his own children: he wanted to show his kids the difference between fame and heroism, and his books spotlight ordinary people whose bravery, kindness, determination, or creativity have helped change the world. 

Kids listen to their favorite music and stories using the interface called the Wheel. The Wheel is made up of 6 colorful buttons that link to an album, playlist, podcast, or audiobook, or even a single song.

 A simple display helps kids of all ages find their favorite music and stories.

Kids love the knob! Push it to power on, turn it control volume, hold it down to manage settings.

For even more choices, select a new Wheel. Each Sound Companion holds 4 Wheels, giving kids just the right amount to explore.

Music and stories are stored locally on the Sound Companion. Once it’s set up, there’s no phone or Wi-Fi required to listen. Kids can listen anytime, anywhere! 

Browse, tap, listen!   

The simplecolorful buttons on the Wheel make it easy for kids of all ages to listen to their favorite music and stories.

Tap a button to view its content. The central display shows cover art and track information. To make a selection, simply press the button again.  It’s that easy!

Now your kids can easily browse hours of audio and find exactly what they want to hear.

Music and stories at kids’ fingertips! 

Ignite your child’s imagination with audio collections they can explore for themselves, introducing them to new ideas, genres, eras, and cultures.

 Enjoy 3 ways to listen:    

 The Ellodee membership unlocks our library of hand-curated Wheels and more than 60 million ad-free songs, podcasts, and audiobooks. That’s as big as any of the other major streaming services!

One membership powers up to 5 Sound Companions, so all your kids can enjoy their own audio experience for one price. The membership is projected to be $14.99/month.    

Upload Wheels in a snap.

Loading the Sound Companion is easy. Using the Ellodee app, load the Sound Companion with music and stories for your kids to enjoy. Change content with a single swipe! 

Once your selections are uploaded, they’re available for your kids to enjoy whenever they want–no phone or WiFi needed. Now when screen time ends, the dance party begins!

A lot to love about the Sound Companion. 

Together with Bould Design, we’re helping families achieve their goals, whether you’re a parent who wants to:

  •  Build healthy digital habits from your child’s first days
  •  Teach your child early self-reliance 
  •  Set limits on screen time
  •  Let your child discover the best music and stories 

Kids deserve independence, and parents deserve the peace of mind. We’re parents, too, and we’re building the audio experience we want for our own kids!

The Sound Companion is playtested & approved by hundreds of kids, parents, and child development experts in 12 cities across the U.S.

Kids love the Sound Companion! 

In our interviews, kids of all ages told us how they struggle with today’s technology:

  • Their tech use is under constant supervision. 
  • They have limited access to their devices.
  • Smart speakers don’t work very well for them.  

They loved that the Sound Companion was the one device in their life that they could use whenever they wanted, without asking for help or permission. 

Parents love the Sound Companion, too! 

Parents love that the Sound Companion empowers kids to listen on their own while giving them peace of mind that their kids are safe.

Unlike other entertainment platforms, your kids can use the Sound Companion whenever they want, wherever they want.  

Families who have tested the Ellodee Sound Companion have used it to help set limits on screen time. When tablet time is over, the Sound Companion is there for kids to listen. And because they don’t need a screen, there are no fights or meltdowns.   

And Ellodee beats smart speakers, too.

Kids told us that smart speakers are hard for them to use. Smart speakers require that kids (1) know exactly what they want to hear and (2) say it in exactly the way the speaker understands.  That’s not easy or fun!

Parents say that smart speakers are hard for them to control. Whether it’s kids getting into things they shouldn’t, kids buying things they shouldn’t, or speakers listening when they shouldn’t, smart speaker parental controls are far from fail-safe.

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