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

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

The name Koemo is a play on words. cow, a Japanese word meaning “voice”. So what does the egg-shaped device do? He tells stories to your children using your voice, even if you’ve never said the words to the story yourself.

It does this with an artificial intelligence system that synthesizes your voice and then matches intonation and intonation to give the proper emotion to the stories being told. To set up, first use the Koe Station smartphone app and register your voice by reading the sample text. The Koe Station that comes with the audio sample can create a vocal profile for you, which you then export to the Ceomo app and send to your Coemo device.

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The app also allows you to choose from 45 stories preloaded in Coemo, including both original stores and fairy tales and folk tales from Japan and other countries such as “Momotaro / Peach Boy”, “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs”. . Once you have registered your voice and selected a story, the AI ​​generates a narration from your voice profile that plays through the device’s speakers. You can even register multiple voices for a single Coemo, allowing you to assign grandparents or other relatives who have created voice profile, as a narrator for various fairy tales.

▼ Video of Coemo in action

Coemo will go on sale this fall for 12,980 yen, with pre-orders starting June 14th. No information on whether it is compatible with Robo grandchildren of Takara Tomy.

Source: Press release

Pictures: YouTube / TAKARATOMI

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