Leka is an interactive smart toy designed to make therapy for children with special needs easier, more efficient and accessible

Country: USA

Year: 2016

Concept

  • Unveiled at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Leka is an AI-powered bot that could potentially revolutionize how parents, therapists and kids cope with development disorders
  • Leka is an interactive and multi-sensory smart toy, offering children with special needs the ability to play fun and educational games that motivates social interactions, that increase motor, cognitive, and emotional skills, as well as stimulates autonomy (children can interact with Leka via a smartphone-enabled app, to play several games such as Hide & Go)
  • Leka has been developed hand-in-hand with parents, therapists and caregivers, to aid in a variety of settings (e.g. office, school) to makes therapy easier, more efficient, and more accessible
  • The smartphone-enabled app also allows parents and therapists to track the child’s progress, scrutinize what he has learnt, his preferences, etc. and plan next steps in the therapy

Consumer Benefits

  • Empowers the audience: based on the testing of the object across US and France among 100 children, and their caregivers, it is clear that the usage of Leka empowers the children, their parents, the therapists and also the researchers working in this field. The behavioural data collected via the app can input into new formats of treatment and therapy
  • Customization of the games: caregivers can adjust the level of stimulation in the Leka games to suit the child, by adding or removing lights, colours or sound displays. The settings of each game track the child’s progress over time, and difficulty levels can be increased as the child progresses
  • Educational aid: handling the spherical, interactive and tactile bot like Leka offers a more enriched educational experience to the child, as compared to a touchscreen or tablet

How To Use

  • Leka is available on order at Indiegogo, and a corresponding app can be downloaded on the smartphone to get it working.
  • Given the project is on Indiegogo (crowdfunding platform) its price offer varies but is currently at $490 for the Classic Edition and a delivery on November 2017

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