Hi, we’re Tom and Rebecca.
An English-Swedish couple based in Edinburgh, and the founders of Voxblock.
The idea for Voxblock began when we came across some old cassettes and played them for our daughter. She loved listening to them, but struggled to insert the tapes and press the buttons by herself.
And since cassettes are not widely produced anymore, it was difficult to find new stories for her to listen to. We experimented with using a tablet, but that came with its own set of challenges. We needed to find a new way for her to listen to her favourite stories, and it needed to be screen free.
We experimented with several available audio players but they never quite delivered on our requirements. We wanted a player that was simple for children to use independently, and tangible books that they could bond with. Plus, we wanted a device that could survive the bumps and bangs of everyday use; it needed to be built to last.
A few weeks of tinkering in the garage later, and the first Voxblock prototype was born. It ticked all our boxes, and our daughter loved using it too.
We shared this prototype with family and friends, whose enthusiasm confirmed there was a need for a simple, screen free audiobook player.
We're not anti-screen - we know that phones and tablets can be great educational tools. But we wanted to create a way of listening to audiobooks that's simple, with the focus on the story alone.
We will be regularly expanding and updating our array of content, but for our initial launch we are focussing on delivering world class stories for children aged five to ten.