While many smart devices have educational benefits, they’re still designed with grown-ups in mind. CogniToys are smart devices in toy form, tailored just for kids to provide an educational and entertaining experience without the need for a screen. While other smart toys rely on pre-programmed responses, the IBM Watson-powered Dinosaurs listen to kids’ questions and adapt to their age, allowing them to grow over time — just like kids do.
Recommended for kids ages 5 to 9, the cloud-connected Dinos can answer oodles of questions, tell bedtime stories and even crack knock knock jokes! Once connected to Wi-Fi via the CogniToys App, the Dino no longer requires a phone for playtime. Age-appropriate vocabulary words and math questions are sprinkled throughout the toy’s many interactive games and stories to ensure no matter the activity, kids and their Dinos are always learning.
Dinos don’t just respond, they respond intelligently. If a child’s scared, the Dino consoles the child and encourages them to speak to an adult they trust. Or, if a child tells the Dino they’re sad, the toy may suggest meditation or listening to a funny joke. CogniToys try to personalize interactions and can remember what a child shares — such as their name or favorite animal, etc. — to customize learning and future conversations. If a child asks a question the Dino doesn’t know, we do our best to add the answer in a future content update.
Prioritizing safety, the smart toy’s microphone is muted by default. To talk to your Dino, hold down its Belly Button until you’re finished speaking. Let go when you’re ready for it to respond. Dinos are easy to hold and stand at about 7″ tall. The toy requires 4AA batteries which last for 4 to 6 weeks with heavy use.