IBM describes child-monitoring bear that keeps them from playing too rough

Mar 7, 2011
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IBM describes child-monitoring bear that keeps them from playing too rough

If you hang out with young kids for very long you will quickly realize that in the mind of a toddler everything they see belongs to them. If you don’t give a toddler what they want, one of two things will commonly happen. They will scream and cry or they will punch you to get what they want. It can be hard to tech a kid that they need to not play rough with their pals.

IBM has a new abstract that outlines a system that would put a system of monitoring a child and giving them voice commands to teach them to play nicely. The system would apparently be stuffed inside a stuffed bear, a knit hat, or some other thing that can be kept close to the kids and monitor them.

When the system sense the child playing to rough it will use voice prompts to correct the behavior. IBM describes the system, "to help a child who plays rough with other children the interaction data can include multiple interaction operations that can be performed by the interactive device for helping the child play less rough with other children. For example, one interaction operation can include an audible warning telling the child 'to play nice' in a strict tone of voice, whereas another interaction operation can include an audible warning that asks the child 'would you like someone to do that to you' in a softer tone of voice along with a visual cue as well." Basically, the system yells at your kid for you. The image here isn't the system, it's just a cute bear in a IBM shirt from Flickr.

[via SlashDot]


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