The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter project has partnered with another Kickstarter legend, Ouya, to bring project backers a new reward: a custom Reading Rainbow Ouya.
All the way back at the end of May we covered the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter and its goal to bring the classic educational program to consoles. The project only has about two days left to reach its stretch goal of five million dollars, and in its final days LeVar Burton and the rest of the Reading Rainbow team have netted some powerful support, not the least of which comes from the team behind the Ouya.
While the Ouya isn’t the most powerful console out there, the Kickstarter-funded, Android-based little box of fun at the very least helps to prove the project’s dedication to expanding its reach to the console market. The custom console comes in a brilliant blue unavailable through any other market, and if you fund the project at the $250 level you can even net one signed by LeVar himself. (Yes, it looks like a goat hiding behind a tree, but trust us: it’s the real deal.)
Ouya talks about the partnership on their own site, urging interested parties to back what is already one of the most successful Kickstarters of all time:
Hey this is Bob.
Today we’re going to help bring Reading Rainbow back – and we’re going to have fun doing it! We’ve joined with four of the top-earning Kickstarter campaigns of all time to show our support for a super-special cause. We’re creating a READING RAINBOW LIMITED EDITION OUYA in wondrous sky blue! What’s more, LeVar Burton will sign the first 500 consoles personally before shipping to backers!
All you have to do is support the Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere Kickstarter page, and set phasers to DONATE.
With rewards spanning everything from Trek memorabilia to book readings to custom voice mail messages, the Reading Rainbow kickstarter is far from short when it comes to rewards for its backers. Better yet, Ouya is only one of several fresh supporters of the project. Since its induction into Kickstarter’s top five most successful projects, the other projects in the group have all chipped in with custom rewards, from watches to Veronica Mars reading to you and your children. Even Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy and Ted fame) has gotten in on the action with an offer to match any and all donations past the four million dollar mark. With only hours left to go in the campaign, now is the time to join in, be a part of education history, and maybe even net yourself a new console in the process.