Innovative "Inkchops Alphabet" App Teaches Bangla and other Alphabets on iPhone / iPad to Kids Using "Voice and Drawing"

Bengali (Bangla) Alphabet on Inkchops Alphabet iOS (iPhone iPad) AppiconKolkata, Oct 19, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Our readers may remember our feature on guitarist Sandip Bose and vocalist Vikram Singh who had gotten together earlier to record a cover of Led Zeppelin's iconic "Stairway to Heaven".

Back in May of 2012, Vikram's better half Moonmoon had the idea to create an alphabet-learning app for Apple iOS devices suitable for kids. Tracing the alphabet seemed a popular feature with kids, including their own seven and two-year old bundles of energy, so they decided to develop on it.

Kids are also used to instant results in every sort of game or activity - and so they thought they should get rated for their drawing the alphabet. This was the first of the differentiators of the app. A little later into development, they had the idea to involve the family in the activity - so they created an audio input tool for every character.

Well, there is something called mother tongue! 15 seconds is ample time to speak, sing, hum anything about the alphabet. Their in-house beta tester gave the thumbs up to the audio feature and the elder sibling had a means to show off his ABC.

Native iPhone and iPad resolutions presented a set of challenges. While iPad was relatively simple layout, the usability requirements on the 3.5 inch iPhone meant they had to include every pixel they could lay their hands on for the drawing area.

Their team of developers pulled it off in time, and the app was submitted to Apple in early Sep and went live in 14 days. The app is only 3.8 MB in size with  support for 10 different scripts, including Bangla. (Bengali). You start by tracing an alphabet on the screen and getting an instant score on a scale of 10. It also lets a family member or friend create the voice-over for the alphabet on that device, enhancing it's value for the learner. Once a voice-over is created, it auto-plays whenever the user selects that character.

Share your drawings on Twitter and Facebook. Email your precious voice-overs to yourself or a learner.

The current version includes basic alphabets of 10 scripts - Bengali, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek, Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, Latin, Tamil and Telugu. A few characters of each script are completely unlocked for you to try. An in-app purchase will unlock the set of your choice.

Go ahead, create new family time and learn or teach something new with Inkchops Alphabet. The app is suitable for all ages, not just kids.

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