30 Apr '13, 4pm

Meet IXI-Play, the Dancing Robot Bird Kids Will Love

Kids these days! Why, back when I was a kid we had to use, you know, our imaginations when playing with toys. Now, thanks to robotics, toys can spring to life and react intelligently to a child's input. The latest example of that is IXI-Play, an owl-like robot that can dance, make sounds, and interact with children. IXI-Play is a project created by a Dutch company called WittyWorX, which hopes to crowd-fund their idea and have the little bird robot hatched manufactured in time for this year's holiday season. So what's inside the IXI-Play, and what can it do? Based on the Android operating system, the IXI-Play will use a variety of apps to interact and play games. For example, a built-in camera and vision software will allow it to identify faces, objects, special cards, colors, and even read books. Speech recognition will enable it to react to specific commands, and a touch...

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