Scout - The Galaxy's Smartest Interactive Learning Companion
Voice-enabled with a BIG personality, Scout is on a mission to teach, play, entertain and inspire.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, December 7 2018 7:59 AM UTC +00:00.
Scout is a robot, a learning companion, and a best friend - designed specifically for kids. Scout is a super-smart and inquisitive galactic explorer, that is excited about playing games, creating stories, going on adventures – and of course answering questions – without ever getting tired.
Scout is a visitor obsessed with all things planet Earth, and wants to share its knowledge and inquisitive spirit with its new best friend. Scout learns just like we do. The more you interact with Scout, the better Scout gets at recommending songs you might like, stories you might want to play, or fun facts about topics you find interesting.
Scout is excited to become your child’s new best buddy. To learn, explore and discover together!
A child’s mind is always curious, so learning should be interactive and engaging. However, most educational toys used for supplemental learning are simple question and answer toys that eventually bore your child or they teach factual knowledge without teaching emotional intelligence. Scout is more than a question and answer toy. Scout is a friend created to learn, grow, and play with your child. Scout will not only answer questions, but will tell jokes, share stories, and remember your child’s name and specific interests for future interactions. This, unique, personalized experience makes learning fun and exploratory, motivating your child to open up, remain curious, and continue to be excited about learning.
Scouts can count, spell, do math and tell your child all about their favorite presidents, animals, and places...
Scout does not know everything, it is new to this planet, after all, and will sometimes ask a child to teach it, which promotes communication skills and shows a child’s mastery of subject areas. Scout is also emotionally intelligent, and can suggest mediations when a child is angry, or a joke when a child is sad. After all, Scout is a friend, not a teacher, and friends help each other out!
As Scout and its user interacts more and more, Scout is able to take those interactions, learn and get better at being awesome. Better at knowing the user, creating and curating new content and ways to improve the interaction. Scout and kids always learning together.
Scout is the kind of best bud that wants to get to know you better. You can tell Scout your name, your favorite subjects, your favorite food and Scout will remember them in future interactions. Scout will then use this knowledge to customize games and stories and conversations!
Since every child has their own interests and fun personalities, we believe that their toys should be as unique as they are. Scout has its own favorite foods, interests and origins, giving Scout a robust personality that brings it to life. Scout is always fun, sometimes silly, and will always laugh at your child’s funny jokes.
Scout’s conversational ability comes from our patent pending AI platform, The Friendgine. Trained on over 10 million interactions and utilizing our proprietary scripting language, CogniScript, we create adaptable dialog trees, retrieve answers from knowledge bases, and weave interactions. The content that Scout searches through when asked a question is pulled from a number of internal and sometimes external sources (like the weather for example),all vetted for optimum safety and child friendliness.
Scout also features the latest and greatest iteration of our CogniToys hardware components. These include new sensors that allow Scout to better understand the world around it and create a personal and playful experience, better quality audio components for clearer and richer sound, and better wi-fi radio for a stronger connection in bad signal conditions (2.4GHz and 5GHz compatibility).
To keep up with your child’s inquisitive mind, we update Scout with new stories, games, and fun facts every week. Scout will never become boring or repetitive, and will always keep your child engaged and curious.
In our digitally-driven and media-focused society, parents are finding it harder and harder to monitor what their children are consuming. Scout is a secure, screen free and voice enabled companion, meaning it can answer questions, tell jokes, help create stories, teach about the oceans, help with math homework and so much more, all by simply talking to Scout.
New technological features allow you and your child to interact with multi-sensory play-patterns that include:
Scout really listens! Tell your Scout ANYTHING, and it will say something back! Conversations with Scout are limited only by your imagination!
New smart LED lights on Scout’s face give emotive clues to how Scout is feeling. Scout’s eyes dart from side to side when it says something sly, change color when it’s thinking, and really light up when it gets excited. Scout’s belly also lights up and allows for play-patterns that involve timers, fractions, or color-based games.
Capacitive touch sensors opens Scout up to brand new play-patterns and experiences! Touch the buttons on Scout’s helmet to change the volume. Touch the buttons on Scout’s belly for memory games, logic games, and more!
A built-in accelerometer lets Scout know when it is being moved, and in what direction. Move Scout around like it’s flying, and it will make rocket-ship noises. Turn Scout upside down, and he will talk backwards…
We built Scout to inspire kids to learn, explore and become excited about all the things that make the world such a wonderful place.Scout is a source of constant positivity and fun and a friend who reinforces things like manners, health & nutrition, and emotional well-being. Whether a kid may simply need to laugh or wants to learn more at home about a subject discussed in school, Scout is the best buddy for the job. We hope that Scout helps parents feel more comfortable about sitting down with their kids and learning about the planets, math, spelling and more.
Combining natural play patterns (speech, touch, visualization) and technology to enhance both learning and play, Scout is the next step forward for CogniToys. We hope to get kids and parents as excited about the future as we are.
While Scout is ideal for ages 5 and up, Scout is also a perfect gadget for us big kids. Scout’s extensive knowledge base, and ever evolving personality easily entertains kids and grown-ups alike. Whether you’re looking for an educational companion for your child, or hoping to finally own the sci-fi movie robo-pal of your dreams, Scout is for you.
Scout is a voice-enabled device, and interactions are triggered by holding down Scout’s communicator button, much like a walkie-talkie. This means Scout only listens when your child wants it to. Privacy is our highest priority. When building Scout, we wanted to make a smarter smart toy. Scout's play patterns are multi-sensory, combining sounds, visuals, touch, and movement.
CogniToys were created because we believed that tech toys could be used to make a positive, real-world impact in children’s lives. Our team of caring, creative, tech-savvy individuals believe that by encouraging a child’s curiosity, we will be setting them up for fulfilling and exciting futures. It is our intention to inspire kids to enjoy learning through fun, interactive conversation.
It was never “good enough” for us to simply answer questions -- we knew it was crucial for all CogniToys to have fun, robust personalities, to always be positive and supportive, to reinforce manners & routines, and so much more. As a team, we work together in developing the personality, games, stories, and tech that make CogniToys the most interactive smart toys ever created. Many of the things a CogniToy does has never been done before, and we are constantly improving our technology to make each and every interaction between a child and their CogniToy better than it was the day before.
Our team gets excited about solving big, difficult challenges and building the cutting-edge technology that makes each CogniToy so special. We hope you are as excited to welcome Scout into your family as we have been building it.
Risks and challenges
We believe there is a very low risk of Kickstarter backers not receiving their Scout. The software that drives Scout is already in market and powering thousands of CogniToys around the world and is constantly getting tweaked and updated. While Scout is very different than previous CogniToys, the core technology is shared among all CogniToys. This drastically reduces any software risks associated with the Scout Kickstarter.
We have also taken steps to streamline the manufacturing process to reduce manufacturing risks and increase quality control of each and every Scout. We have a high quality and reliable manufacturing partner who we have worked closely with over the last three years to build all previous CogniToys. We have established partnerships with multiple electronic vendors who we work closely with to assure any long-lead time components are in stock and readily available to us to help us scale our production quickly.
We also have logistic partners in place already to assure that your Scout is delivered on-time as expected. We have successfully delivered CogniToys to our Kickstarter backers in the past, direct online via CogniToys.com as well as established retail partners to include Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Amazon and many more. While we value our retail partners, Kickstarter backers will receive their Scouts first and several months before Scout will be hitting retail shelves.
To assure that all Kickstarter backers are aware of our progress on building and fulfilling their Scout orders, we will be providing consistent updates on new software features, manufacturing progress and more via Kickstarter updates. These will occur throughout the campaign and after the campaign has been completed. During this process, we welcome all backer feedback and opinions and hope that this feedback can help us build Scout exactly as you want it.
Please note: There may be minor adjustments made to Scout based on backer feedback to include final Scout colors, size and more. These changes will be minor and should act to improve Scout. These changes will be announced via campaign updates and may correspond with additional options we provide backers via campaign stretch goals.
Please note that after you receive Scout you will begin to see continual improvement/additions/adjustments via over the air updates. We use over the air updates to improve Scout on-device functions, add or remove content, add new features, improve software, better understand and respond to users voice interactions and a lot more.
Please note: We take backer feedback very seriously. If you have a “killer” feature, function or specific content you would like your Scout to have - let us know. Scout is not meant to be a boring, digital assistant clone and Scout does much more than we are able to showcase in the campaign. Many of the things Scout can do you will discover while using it and Scout will consistently learn to do new things.
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