Consisting of a speaker and a camera bundle, the system works much like regular virtual assistants, albeit with a bigger focus on entertaining, teaching, and assisting children. It’s designed to vary its assistance based on the child’s age, too, serving as a baby monitor during infancy, a storyteller during their toddler years, and a full-on digital companion that can help them with homework during their school-age years.
Billed as a “connected kids platform,” the Nabi Aristotle incorporates voice, sight, and sound in a single bundle, all while interfacing with three distinct AI engines (Microsoft Cognitive Services, Silk Intelligence Platform, and Cortana Intelligence), enabling it to facilitate deep levels of interaction with its pre-teen users. Not only can it answer questions and follow commands, that deep AI can help soothe a crying child, help reinforce good habits, and help teach them a new language, all while being capable of ordering baby supplies on its own and making up activities to do on the fly.
Features include COPPA-compliant security methods to ensure child privacy safety, the ability for parents to set parameters for how it interacts with children, and integrated multi-color lighting that can serve a variety of needs, including a night light, a reading light, and a way to add visual elements to the interactions. It comes with an SDK and will have built-in connectivity with various internet-of-things products.
Slated to debut in June, the Nabi Aristotle is priced at $300.