Cati Vaucelle
Tristan Jehan
(audio analysis/processing)
Help from Kimiko Ryokai

Based on the observation that when children enact dialogues between dolls they move the one that is supposed to be speaking. By combining motion signals with the voice of the child, the system knows which doll is talking. Each character' speech is recorded and played back as soon as the child puts the doll on the magic stage. The software additionally processes the voices by shifting the pitch up or down to create the two character voices necessary in a story's dialogue. Toys such as this one allow children aged 5-7 to take multiple perspectives on their own play, encouraging them to reflect on language, story and communicating with others. This perspective taking is essential for later literacy skills and academic competence.

Design versions 2000, 2001, 2002


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