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Japanese AI gadget reads tales to your child together with your voice, even if you happen to’ve by no means learn them



Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy’s playthings usually have a technological aspect to them, like a photograph sticker sales space with a time journey mode that takes you again to the ‘90s or a dancing Pikachu robot. Takara Tomy’s latest creation, although, is very hi-tech.

The Coemo’s identify is a play on phrases with koe, the Japanese phrase for “voice.” So what does the egg-shaped gadget do? It tells tales to your youngsters, utilizing your voice, even if you happen to’ve by no means spoken the story’s phrases your self.

It does this by means of an AI system that synthesizes your voice, then matches the inflection and intonation to supply correct emotion to the tales it tells. To set issues up, first you employ the Koe Station smartphone app and register your voice by studying a pattern passage of textual content. Supplied with the audio pattern, Koe Station can create a vocal profile for you, which you then export to the Ceomo app and ship to the Coemo gadget.


The app additionally lets you choose one of many 45 tales Coemo comes pre-loaded with, together with each unique shops and fairy and folktales from each Japan and overseas, resembling “Momotaro/Peach Boy,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs.” Once you’ve registered your voice and chosen a narrative, the AI generates narration out of your voice profile, which performs out of the gadget’s audio system. You may even register a number of voices with a single Coemo, permitting you to assign grandma, grandpa, or different kin who’ve created a vocal profile because the storyteller for various tales.

▼ Video of the Coemo in motion

Coemo goes on sale this fall, priced at 12,980 yen, with preorders stating June 14. No phrase on whether or not or not it’s appropriate with Takara Tomy’s robo grandchildren.

Source: Press launch

Images: YouTube/タカラトミー TAKARATOMY

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