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Two plans for unlimited stories
Does Wanderly support multiple children within the same account?Yes! Wanderly currently supports up to 5 children within the same Wanderly account. At setup, you'll be asked to set up a profile for one child, and complete the rest of your account setup. After you go through onboarding, you can go to the Stories page and click in the upper right menu (right where the child's avatar is), and at the bottom of that menu you'll see "+ Add". You'll be taken through a similar child setup flow to specify name, age, gender, and reading level. After set up, you can always return to the same menu from the Stories screen to toggle between which child is selected for story creation and to see their story history. If you have a Premium Wanderly subscription, your subscription will apply to all children on your account.
What platforms are supported by Wanderly?Wanderly is currently a web application that has responsive layouts for desktop and mobile. This means you can access Wanderly from your mobile phone, a tablet, or a desktop computer by going to https://wander.ly. Most of our users find it easiest to access Wanderly from their phone while waiting in lines or during quiet times at home. We have future plans of developing a mobile app, but since we're a small, early company, it's a bit down the road.
What's the story behind Wanderly?Our founder, Laura, has always loved stories. Her parents used to read to her at night, and make up stories together. When Laura had her own children, now aged 5 and 1, she wanted to do something similar for them, but sometimes struggled to have the confidence to make up stories the way her parents used to. Then something magical happened: Generative AI reached a tipping point in the fall of 2022. Over the winter holidays, Laura enjoyed making personalized children's illustrations for the kids in her life. Then she started to learn about Large Language Models (the stuff that powers ChatGPT) and imagining a world of infinite, personalized stories for her kids. Laura started building Wanderly, and the first session with her eldest daughter resulted in 20 minutes of curiosity and wonder before the prototype reached its limits. With 13 years of product management experience at Google, 6 of those years in EdTech, Laura started imagining all the exciting things that could be done at the intersection of stories, education, and social emotional learning. Laura has been chronicling her journey in making Wanderly at runningtowards.xyz. Wanderly is just getting started, and we're excited to have you be part of the journey.
Why is Wanderly in beta?We're just getting started with Wanderly. As such, we'll be iterating a lot over the coming months and wanted to set the expectations that we might dramatically change things due to customer feedback. You might also encounter some bugs and latency issues, due to the early stages of the technology that Wanderly is based on. Given its early nature, that means you get to help us create Wanderly. If you have feedback or a feature request, we'd love to hear from you.
How does Wanderly use Artificial Intelligence?Wanderly is an AI-forward product, meaning we use Artificial Intelligence in a variety of ways to construct the experience that you and your kids enjoy. Here are some of the ways: Creating the story text - Wanderly uses a Large Language Model (LLM) to dynamically create a story based on your child and their choices. Creating the images - All the story images in Wanderly are generated using the Midjourney text-to-image engine. Although the images are created by Midjourney, a human reviews the input prompt and the final image creation before it is added to the Wanderly story library. Wanderly does not use any artist or author by name in any prompts.
Does Wanderly get things wrong?Artificial Intelligence systems sometimes get things "wrong", as in they may produce information or images that aren't factual. In images, these are called "artifacts" and in text produced by large language models, these are called "hallucinations". Large language models are also trained using data up to a specific date, so they might not include the most up-to-date information. The goal of Wanderly isn't meant to be a replacement for fact-checking or an encyclopedia. The goal of Wanderly is to inspire curiosity, and encouraging children to learn more. The types of things that Wanderly occasionally gets wrong are the occasional typo and also incorporating fantasy elements into historical or scientific storylines. E.g. While exploring a Mayan temple, the adventurers discover treasure. Storylines sometimes have some continuity errors. As with all new technologies, some of these things will get better over time. However, due to the nature of Wanderly's storytelling style, some whimsy might still work its way into stories, just like any good storyteller might add embellishments for their audience's benefit.
What does Wanderly do to keep kids safe?As parents, we know how important it is to make sure the content our children consume is safe. When we designed and built Wanderly, we made sure the seed of every story is from a list of parent approved topics, we hand-curate all our images, and we've made design decisions that keep kids within the curated world of Wanderly.
How do I delete my Wanderly account?If you ever want to delete your Wanderly account, you can access your account via the Profile dropdown in the upper right-hand of your screen. Select Manage Account, and then scroll down to "Danger Zone". From there, you can click on "Delete Account" to initiate the account deletion process.
What parents are saying...
Sebastian, Father of a 10 year old
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My son couldn't put down the story!
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