Many parents and schools in the 21st century use technology as a way of educating and entertaining their child. It’s often used to engage our children in visual ways, but this then sparks the debate about screen time. How much is too much? Should it be cut completely? Well, London based entrepreneur Bogdan Coman has come up with a way to harness technology to interact with children without the little ones being glued to a screen. He has created Woogie, a voice-activated AI robot for children aged 6 and over.
Woogie will engage children in two-way conversations and interact with them while playing games and studying. Educational content is uploaded to Woogie so he can help a child with homework questions and be their study buddy. He can even be tailored to each child’s interests and passions. He tells jokes, riddles, facts and bedtime stories. Woogie is also cleverly designed to act sleepy and less chatty when bedtime comes around. If only all children’s toys did that! He also features a safety light and an alarm clock.
Parents can curate the Woogie’s content through an Android or iOS app. Parents can use the app to unlock new content and most importantly, restrict delicate topics. Something that particularly appeals to me, as a parent, is that Woogie will say positive things to the child in the morning to boost their self-esteem and give them a good start to the day. That’s something that sensitive kids may really benefit from. He will also remind them about what to take to school or to do their homework. When a child returns home from school, Woogie will sense them entering the room and ask questions about their day and what they learned.
Woogie is being crowdfunded on Indiegogo and 30 prototypes have been created to date. Coman has partnered with Arrow Electronics to bring this cute and clever robot to the market and Woogie is currently available to pre-order for £79.67.
What features are important to you in an interactive kids’ toy?