New Kids on the Block, Curious Hat™ Launch Their First App For iPhone and iPad

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First Product, Color Vacuum, offers children a fun and innovative way to learn about colors through observation and exploration

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Professor Vapori personifies what Curious Hat wants to represent for children: the inventor of amazing tools and games and a storyteller who helps kids discover our real world.

Curious Hat Inc.™ (http://www.curioushat.com), a new provider of interactive and educational mobile applications, today announced the release of its very first product, Color Vacuum. Specifically designed for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad devices, Color Vacuum is an engaging app, which offers children a fun and innovative way to learn about the theory of colors through the observation of their surrounding environment.

Curious Hat is the brainchild of Luca Prasso and Erwan Maigret, both of whom are parents and seasoned professionals from the feature film production and software development industries. Prasso and Maigret’s past film work, includes DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Shrek’ film series, ‘Madagascar’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda’. The Curious Hat mission is to create interactive and educational mobile applications that will stimulate children to interact with the real world, as well as fostering shared adult-child experiences.

Curious Hat’s fictitious muse is Professor Vapori, a remarkable visionary from the late 19th century, who invented unique and wondrous machines that encouraged people to explore the world around them. Curious Hat has turned one of Vapori’s most ingenious and recently discovered machines, the Color Vacuum, into a mobile application that teaches the color components of the light spectrum. This interactive and educational application turns an Apple device’s camera into a vacuum that sucks in colors from the real-world environment and helps kids to observe, capture, analyze, catalog and play with colors.

Luca Prasso, CEO and co-founder of Curious Hat, stated: “We are excited and proud to bring Professor Vapori’s world of incredible machines to life in the form of apps for mobile devices. Our fictional character personifies what Curious Hat wants to represent for children: the inventor of amazing tools and games and a storyteller who helps kids discover our real world.”

Erwan Maigret, CTO and co-founder of Curious Hat, added: “Curious Hat aims at developing fun and educational mobile applications. With the launch of our first app, Color Vacuum, we can show how our apps help stimulate kids’ creativity and learning skills. Our objective is to motivate children to discover and engage with their physical environment in new and exciting ways.”

Availability:
Color Vacuum from Curious Hat is immediately available as a Universal app on the Apple App Store at $0.99. To download the application, visit:

http://itunes.com/apps/curioushat/colorvacuum.

For further information on Curious Hat or Color Vacuum, visit http://www.curioushat.com, or contact: info(at)curioushat(dot)com. Follow Curious Hat on Facebook/Twitter at: http://www.facebook.com/CuriousHat or http://twitter.com/#!/Curious_Hat.

About Curious Hat (http://www.curioushat.com)
Curious Hat is a provider of interactive and educational mobile applications that stimulate children to interact with the real world. These apps are not games, they are discovery tools aimed at energizing kids to play, create, invent, explore and learn in enjoyable ways without the limitations of set parameters. Promoting self-exploration, Curious Hat encourages the use of mobile devices as tools for child/parent interaction through the introduction of the inventive and fantastical world of Professor Vapori, as well as through a range of other exciting applications.

Curious Hat was co-founded by Luca Prasso and Erwan Maigret, both parents and seasoned professionals from the feature film production and software development industries. The Curious Hat team is also composed of an international network of experts in graphic design and visual arts led by Creative Director Nadia Andreini. Together, they are collaborating on projects that combine visually compelling design with truly innovative uses of mobile technologies.

Curious Hat apps result from an intensive research and development program with education professionals and children. They are created for and tested by kids (and adults), from inception through to their public release. The Curious Hat products have no advertising banners or in app purchases, to ensure a safe and fun experience for children.

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