Learny toys, was an exploration in using toys to help facilitate preschool learning.
The curious spongebob toy allows children to explore audio data associated with, RFID tagged physical objects in their surroundings. Each tag is associated with audio entries that are played back when the child activates the toy holding it against the tag.
The spelling dinosaur aims to engage the child in a spelling game. In our rough prototype, a camera mounted on the dinosaur's head looks down on the playing area in front of the toy. The child spells words on the play area using character imprinted tiles. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is done realtime on the camera input to identify the spelling laid out by the child and to provide engaging feedback based on the spelling.