A new interactive toy uses artificial intelligence and image recognition technology to tell kids what the things are they are looking at. It is like a magic mirror.
Kids have always questions. Sometimes too many. This situation motivated a Chinese engineer to come up with the Miraffe. Over the past years Huang Jinlong and his team developed an easy to use mirror shaped device. A video camera in the back films the object kids want to know more about. The mirror recognizes the object and says its name.
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In the demo video the Miraffe says the name in Chinese and English, making it already the must have toys for all parents in New York who send their kids in a Chinese kindergarten.
The Miraffe recognizes things, plants and animals in less than 1 second. The solution also extends into augmented reality. Using picture cards, 3D animated images appear. The latter is nothing new, but makes a nice addition in functionality of the $130 interactive toy.
The Miraffe team will launch a Kickstarter campaign this month. We already got the Kickstarter video that you can watch below. Judging from the time line and the demo, the Miraffe is pretty far along. The delivery of Miraffe is planned already for August. At the affordable price, the Miraffe is pretty impressive.
Demos of object recognition:
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