Like any kid, I was terrified of the dark. Any reason for me to leave my room or even my bed in the middle of the night was a cause for much consternation whether it was a trip to the bathroom or running to my parents’ room after nightmare. Of course we had flashlights around, but they were usually misplaced and even still the thought of a trip from my bed to my desk to retrieve one was terrifying. The flashlight needed to be where I was—in bed.
Additionally, I was big on reading in bed. I would stay up well after midnight reading all sorts of science fiction and fantasy until either I couldn’t keep my eyes open or my parents caught me. I would use all sorts of things to see the pages in the dark. Book lights and some toys like a light up bracelet I had worked, but they were designed to be small and compact and thus were easily lost by a child. Some bigger toys with lights were harder to misplace, but didn’t produce the light necessary and weren’t very comfortable to have in bed with me anyway.
These two needs are why I created Booli. His shape is meant to be reminiscent of EVE, the futuristic, but friendly flying robot from the movie Wall-E. Booli is short for boolean which is a binary variable used in computing. Booli is comfortable to hang out with in bed, and big enough that he won’t be easily lost in a messy room. His eye lights up with a cool pattern that illuminates the pages of your favorite book or lights the way as you navigate the dark hallway.