Here’s another tidbit from CES this week. Qualcomm has come up with a new Augmented Reality app to help kids learn to read. Here’s the summary from Gizmodo (who has done a great job this week at CES)
It works like a game, challenges kids to find words in the real world scenarios, like grocery shopping. Say for example, Big Bird wants the kid to find milk. He or she would scamper into the kitchen, open the fridge and point the phone’s camera over the word, and the app would recognize it and gold star, that’s correct. Then onto the next one. And the little guy is learning to read while playing a game.
Gamification? Check. Smartphone? Check. Self directed learning? Check. Sesame Street? Check.
This is very very cool stuff but you have to step back and look at all the new technologies here. First, it requires a smartphone with a decent camera. Then it requires a fairly fast internet connection. Then the phone has to be able to do advanced text recognition in realtime. All these technologies enable the next one. And so on…
It’s almost magical what we can do now. Imagine what we will be able to do in a few more years! Awesome!
Here’s a demo video of the app in action.