CogniToy Harnesses The Power Of The Watson Supercomputer

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A child playing with the CogniToy. Image obtained with thanks from Elemental Path.

The CogniToy harnesses the intelligence and processing power of the IBM Watson cognitive cloud so that it can have relatively intelligent conversations with children. Traditionally, making a device artificially intelligent entailed squeezing a very powerful computer into it, often at a high cost. IBM has made the Watson cognitive computing system available via a cloud service so that these little toys can use it as a ‘brain’, so they don’t have to have their own.

A child playing with the CogniToy. Image obtained with thanks from Elemental Path.
A child playing with the CogniToy.
Image obtained with thanks from Elemental Path.

The CogniToy is an immobile dinosaur-shaped toy which listens to what children say, and talks back to them. It can also learn more about a child (i’m not sure if this feature supports multiple children). Such technology has the potential to help children prepare for exams, and even act as a secondary teacher. Wouldn’t it be incredible to have a toy that motivates your child to study and do homework?

If you are interested in this project, visit their Kickstarter campaign page.

Source: Mashable.