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

Toys from Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy often have a tech side, like a photo sticker 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 hi-tech.

The name of the Coemo is a play on words with koe, the Japanese word for “voice”. So what does the egg shaped device do? Tell stories to your children, using your voice, even if you have never spoken the words of the story alone.

It does this through an artificial intelligence system that synthesizes your voice, then matches the inflection and intonation to provide the right emotion to the stories it tells. To set things up, you first use the Koe Station smartphone app and record your voice by reading a passage of sample text. 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 shops and fairy tales and folk tales from both Japan and abroad, such as “Momotaro / Peach Boy”, “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Tre little pigs. ” After recording your voice and selecting a story, the AI ​​generates the narration from your voice profile, which is played over the device’s speakers. You can even record multiple voices with a single Coemo, allowing you to assign grandma, grandpa or other relatives who have created a voice profile as different storytellers.

▼ Video of Coemo in action

Coemo will go on sale this fall, priced at 12,980 yen, with pre-orders pointing to June 14th. It is not known whether or not it is compatible with Takara Tomy’s robot grandchildren.

Source: press release

Images: YouTube / タ カ ラ ト ミ ー TAKARATOMY

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