Having trouble getting wound-up kids in bed before Santas arrival? Theres a Christmas Eve app for that.
By TIM ENGLE
The Kansas City Star
KC Designs LLC released its iPad app Santas Secret last week. What it does is send kids a signal that Mr. Claus is in their neighborhood and theyd better hit the sheets fast if they want him to stop by with presents.
How it does it: Parents, using a phone to Santa button, program in when they want the kiddos in bed in five minutes, 10 minutes, 20 or 40. Thats in a parents-only section.
After that, parents and children can read the story of Santas Secret while waiting for the alert, which includes flashing Christmas tree lights and even Santas booming Ho, Ho, Ho! The storys about one Elf Earl, whose mission is to get kids tucked in their beds on Christmas Eve.
Does the alert tell tykes exactly where the jolly old elf is? Say, with GPS coordinates?
Nah, says KC Designs president Travis Scott: Just that hes very near.
Scott says the story on the app is a condensed version of a Kindle book called Santas Secret that happens to have been written by his cousin Robert Scott.
The Santas Secret app, only for Apples iPad, costs 99 cents.
The e-book is usually 99 cents as well, but Scott says it will be free Dec. 24 at Amazon.com. Its also available as a paperback coloring book.
KC Designs is an offshoot of another company, KC Gadgets LLC, which has developed such apps as Golf Coach, Exercise Coach, March Brackets (think March Madness) and trivia app Match It.