What is it
While many smart devices have educational benefits, they’re still designed with grown-ups in mind. CogniToys are smart devices in toy form, tailored just for kids to provide an educational and entertaining experience without the need for a screen.
Dinos are friends who answer questions, tell stories, practice spelling, play games and even lead guided meditations. The Wi-Fi-enabled Dinos engage kids in interactive conversation and get smarter with each automatic content update.
The toy utilises IBM Watson and speech recognition software to deliver engaging conversations with children. Likened to a Siri or Alexa for children, parents connect the toy to a home Wi-Fi network, and through the app provide their child’s name, birth date, and bed time. The child gives their dinosaur a name, and the interaction begins.
What our team of testers said
"He's my friend. He's so lovely!" - Girl aged 4
"Wow it can tell the time - that's cool!" - Boy aged 7
- Fosters curiosity
- Enhances general knowledge
- Encourages speech
What our experts think
The Dino was instantly visually appealing to children, who straight away wanted to start asking it questions. Our younger testers really bonded with their Dino (it was a shame he wasn’t soft and huggable!) and older children enjoyed using it to help out with homework. This is a good toy to familiarise children with voice recognition technology and encouraged a lot of conversation from children.
Unfortunately the dinosaur’s voice recognition wasn’t always accurate, and it had quite a slow pace; this did cause some frustration, however we understand that the software is being constantly updated. It’s also worth noting that the Dino can only remember one child’s name, which meant siblings couldn’t really share it, although this does make it more personal to the owner.
- RRP: £99.99
- Brands: CogniToys
- Battery Operated
- Toy Types: Electronic & app toys
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Computing and Technology
Personal, social & emotional development
Speech, language and communication skills
Understanding the world