When Scarborough’s Kate St. Clair’s 7-year-old son entered hospice care, her friend Pamela Castrucci knew the family’s powerless feeling all too well, and was compelled to help them preserve his memory.
Three weeks later, after many sleepless nights, Castrucci had designed a prototype of what is now called Voice Kite, a cloud-based app for mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers that allows families to combine voices, photos and other memories of loved ones to be passed down to future generations.
“There’s no good way to prepare for that,” Castrucci, a Gorham resident, said about St. Clair’s loss. “I wanted to help her to find a way to preserve his physicality to the greatest extent possible, and there was just nothing out there." Castrucci has also lost two children due to complications associated with premature births.
Castrucci, 49, describes Voice Kite as providing users the same options of large photo sharing sites such as Facebook, but with two key differences that are Voice Kite’s signature features. The program will allow users to add “voice tags” to photos, meaning that as someone uploads a photo onto the system, they are able to record messages or memories associated with that photo, on top of standard editing and organizing features.