Japanese AI device reads stories to your child with your voice, even if you’ve never read them

Toys from Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy often have a tech side, like a photo booth with a time-travel mode that takes you back to the 90s or a dancing Pikachu robot. Takara Tomy’s latest creation, however, is particularly high-tech.

The Coemo’s name is a play on words with koe, the Japanese word for “voice”. So what does the egg-shaped device do? It tells stories to your children, using your voice, even if you’ve never spoken the words of the story yourself.

It does this through an AI system that synthesizes your voice, then matches inflection and intonation to deliver appropriate emotion to the stories it tells. To set things up, you first need to use the Koe Station smartphone app and record your voice reading a sample text passage. Supplied with the audio sample, Koe Station can create a voice profile for you, which you then export to the Ceomo app and send to the Coemo device.

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The app also allows you to select one of the 45 stories that Coemo is preloaded with, including original stores and fairy and folk tales from Japan and abroad, such as “Momotaro/Peach Boy”, ” Little Red Riding Hood” and “Little Red Riding Hood”. Three Little Pigs.” Once you record your voice and select a story, the AI ​​generates a narration from your voice profile, which plays through the device’s speakers. You can even record multiple voices with a single Coemo, which allows you to assign grandmother, grandfather or other relatives who have created a voice profile as a storyteller for different tales.

▼ Video of Coemo in action

Coemo will go on sale this fall, priced at 12,980 yen, with pre-orders slated for June 14. No word on whether or not it is compatible with Takara Tomy’s Robot Grandchildren.

Source: press release

Pictures: YouTube/タカラトミー TAKARATOMY

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