Little Troopers had a vision and developed a concept to bring to life: promoting reading bedtime stories, but with the use of technology to bring comfort and togetherness when it was needed most. The charity approached Cantarus to make their concept a reality, and we were so excited to contribute to such a life-changing, uplifting project.
The Little Troopers Treasures app allows military parents deployed abroad to read bedtime stories to their children across countries, continents, and time-zones. It records the parent’s face, voice, and even the speed of the pages that are turned as they read from a collection of popular children’s books supplied by Harper Collins. Each recording can be watched an unlimited number of times, establishing a connection between families that goes beyond borders.
The app also allows parents to record videos up to two minutes in length that are saved onto a secure server hosted by Cantarus, so the next time a family member logs in, they are alerted to a new video available to watch. Parents have the option to schedule when they want their video messages to appear, ensuring that they will never miss a child’s birthday - even if they are unable to record a message on the day.
The platform was created from scratch to deliver a robust, portable experience. The process required careful planning, efficiency, and stability due to the remote locations and the need for full portability. The app has proven its ability to unite families through the age-old art of storytelling, combined with unprecedented interactivity for something heartfelt and entirely unique to service families. As a communication tool, it can genuinely be described as a game-changer and is making a real difference in the lives of military children.