Rather than offering touchscreen functionalities that can prove distracting, the AILA Sit & Play aims to engage toddlers with fun and robust educational content while promoting a healthy use of educational technology. Instead of encouraging mindless swiping and tapping, the AILA Sit & Play aims to build strong cognitive and social emotional skills. Human learning and intelligence follow natural patterns that require time, repetition, and experience.
The AILA Sit & Play is designed for toddlers aged 12 months and up, the developmental stage when children are typically capable of sitting up unassisted for engagement. At this stage, a child’s gross motor control over body movements is still in development. And while fine motor skills are also developing in tandem with gross motor skills, development varies dramatically for different children.
Integrating intentional precision touching into the AILA Sit & Play would result in frustrations for a child still developing the fine motor skills necessary to manipulate a touchscreen. Touchscreen movements, such as swiping and tapping, not only present distractions that would impede engagement with the educational content, but also militate against helping toddlers develop healthy technology habits. We are more effective learners when we do more, not less, when we engage, not swipe.
Instead, the AILA Sit & Play uses cognitive AI to determine the child’s engagement through the responses that do come easily to the child, responses such as looking, laughing, singing along, making letter noises, and the like. AILA’s AI platform delivers content that adapts in real time to a child’s interest based upon their physical, emotional, and auditory reactions, allowing for a personalized learning experience for every toddler by delivering the right content at the right time, all without the need to swipe or tap the screen.