Smart toy and technology developer Elemental Path today announced their new line of connected toys, CogniToys, which evolve alongside children as they learn and grow. The first toy powered by cognitive computing system IBM Watson, Elemental Path launched its Kickstarter campaign for CogniToys on February 16th to raise $50 thousand for continued product development and distribution.
CogniToys will bring a new gateway of smart, entertaining and interactive learning experiences to kids in the digital age. They combine the Elemental Path friendgine, a proprietary platform that supports full speech recognition, with IBM Watson’s cognitive computing and natural language processing capabilities. Highlight features of the first CogniToy—a mini dinosaur—include:
- Initiates and Engages in Real Conversations — Full speech recognition allows CogniToys to sustain engaging conversations with intelligent, age-appropriate content
- Uniquely personalized — Adapts by remembering individual attributes (e.g. a child’s favorite color), even telling knock-knock jokes and providing answers to “who,” “why,” “where” and “when” questions
- Integrated Parent Panel — A cloud-based connected dashboard that allows parents to monitor their child’s progress in real time, providing unique insights into learning skills and interests through actual data, as well as moderation of content (in turn, all data is anonymized and never shared without parental consent)
- Internet connected — CogniToys are internet connected devices, allowing them to automatically update and evolve alongside your child as they learn and grow
Co-founder of Elemental Path, Donald Coolidge explained, “Our goal is to provide toy companions that combine the promise of today’s digital innovations with the curiosity implicit in play. By integrating Watson, the most advanced AI in the world, with our advanced capabilities, we’re bringing a first-of-its-kind product to consumers. We’re poised to break into the toy market while aiming to inspire learning and interaction as kids make discoveries about the world around them.”
Best suited for children aged four to seven, Elemental Path’s first CogniToys will be available for pre-order through Kickstarter for $99.99.
Elemental Path is an IBM Business Partner and active member of the Watson Developer Cloud community, where it continues to explore new, creative ways to apply cognitive computing technologies to transform industries and professions.
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