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Press Release

For Immediate Release

CEO Contact: jerry@choosatron.com

Product Website: http://choosatron.com

The Choosatron is a Choose Your Own Adventure® inspired story printer. Wi-Fi connected and fully hackable!

Minneapolis, Minnesota – July 29th, 2013 THE CHOOSATRON is a fun kit that assembles easily, even for kids, into a small interactive fiction game box, great for social reading and playing. As you play, you make decisions that affect the outcome of the story, and your journey is printed on a keepsake paper scroll.

It is powered by a Spark Core Wi-Fi device, providing wireless management of the stories on your Choosatron. Supported by the Spark Cloud, you can write and share your stories online, so even remote friends and family can play your stories.

To really showcase the possibilities, The Choosatron’s creator commissioned writers, familiar to some of you through their writing for books and television, to create original interactive stories just for The Choosatron. The end results are pretty impressive. Take a look at this video for an example story play-through on The Choosatron: Slugfest Story

The Choosatron kit is kid friendly requiring zero soldering. You simply plug in the cables, insert the Spark Core, and few screws later you are ready to play.

The Choosatron is open source and includes both hardware designs and software. It is through a collaboration between Choosatron’s CEO Jerry Belich and Spark Devices, a recent Kickstarter success story, that the wireless and cloud platform capabilities are easily possible.

Design & Features

Dimensions: Approx. 5 ½ inches wide x 3 ½ inches tall x 5 ¼ inches deep

Spark Core: Created by Spark Devices (STM32 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller paired with a Texas Instruments CC3000 Wi-Fi module)

Circuit Board:

  • Spark Core connection headers

  • DC Power Input

  • Power Switch

  • Connection headers for Keypad and Thermal Printer

Thermal Printer: CSN-A5 Unit

Thermal Paper Rolls: 58mm (2 ¼ inch) wide, up to 50mm diameter (approx. 85 feet long)

Keypad: 4 button membrane pad

Power Supply: 9VDC, 2A

Open Source Hardware and Software

Laser Cut Case: ⅛ inch thick acrylic or wood

Suggested retail price: $159 USD

Kickstarter Orders: July 29th, 2013

Available: 1st Quarter 2014

Monkey with a Mustache Entertainment, Inc. based in Minneapolis, MN, is a company that designs and creates open source gadgets, and builds immersive storytelling using technology. It is run by CEO Jerry Belich.

CEO Contact: jerry@choosatron.com

External links

Product website: http://choosatron.com

Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jerrybelich/the-choosatron-interactive-fiction-arcade-machine

Story Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UasIMKRNygY

Twitter: https://twitter.com/choosatron

Facebook: https://facebook.com/choosatron

Google+: http://bit.ly/11pRprT

Legal notice: Information, facts, and figures in this document may be changed without notice. Choose Your Own Adventure® is a registered trademark of Chooseco LLC.

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