Neil is a start-up project about a little explorer/astronaut, who aims to integrate, with the use of technology, learning into children’s daily playing.
In its prototype form, Neil is a well designed “smart” toy that connects to the Internet and that communicates bits of knowledge to children about the environment, the colours, the animals, history, geography and more.
Neil is aimed at children aged between 3 to 6 years. He is simple to use, having five key buttons for the vocalization of the wikis (the bits of knowledge): a play button, a button to listen to the next one, a button to listen to the previous one, a Like button and a special button that gives the child information based on its location.
The cycle of knowledge is completed in a tablet app, where the child can play games regarding the wikis he already heard or watch educational videos, in Neil’s interactive company.
Neil is accompanied by a charging base in the form of a planet, through which the online update of his content happens.
The most important aspect of Neil’s function is that the parents can be informed – through the app that is available for smartphone and for tablet – about the information their child likes to learn. They can therefore recognize his inclinations and interests, but also define the subjects and fields of knowledge they want Neil to communicate more.
Furthermore, Neil can play music and he can encourage the child to engage in various physical activities, at specific times that the parents have set.
Neil the Little Explorer is a creation of Evangelos Karapetsas and his team at Another Circus, a Digital Design Agency that focuses on Branding, UI, Internet of Things, Wearables, Communication and other applications that combine creativity and innovation.
Neil’s development plan is in basic funding search phase. For the time being, a few hundred sentences have been recorded in english and in spanish and are available through the Cloud. However, the concentration of interest in the project is important in order for Neil to continue his journey. If you wish to support him visit www.neilthelittleexplorer.com/journeygr.html to answer two simple questions.