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Video: Haptic Feedback and Artificial Intelligence-based Smart Ball Keeps Kids Active Without Screens

26 June 2018

The different skins that can be placed on the Storyball. Source: StoryballThe different skins that can be placed on the Storyball. Source: Storyball

Kids today are consumed by things with screens whether this be smartphones, iPods, iPads or television.

For parents looking for an alternative comes Storyball, a screen-free technology that uses sound cues, haptic feedback and artificial intelligence machine learning to engage children in active, educational and stimulating play.

The toy guides children through audio, haptic and light cues to signal what to do next with stories and games that learns to detect the habits, behaviors, skills, likes and dislikes of the child to improve games, quizzes or stories being told.

The device itself is a base console with changeable skins with each skin unlocking different stories, mini-games and more each designed for different age groups and skill sets. The skins include those from the TV series “Paw Patrol,” the book series “Gunk Aliens” and “Magic Ballerina.”

As with most of these kid’s gadgets, it comes with a mobile app that tracks a child’s play and allows parents to download new content, share achievements and challenge friends.

Storyball is now on Kickstarter to raise funding for production as well as to generate word-of-mouth. If you are interested in participating in the crowdfunding campaign, click here.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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