Teddy Bear Plays the Role of Babysitter, Baby Monitor, and Teacher

DIRO the Bear claims to be the world’s first ‘smart’ stuffed animal, powered by artificial intelligence and speech recognition Meet DIRO the Bear, the stuffed animal with the ambitious goal of becoming your child’s new best friend, nanny, parental assistant and homework helper. The brainchild of Dmitry Tverdokhlebov, a 36-year-old Russian entrepreneur with a background in online social games, and co-founder Roma Imaletdinov, DIRO is Teddy Ruxpin for the smartphone-powered world. “If there are blinking animatronic toys, why can’t they speak?” Tverdokhlebov asks. “And if they can speak with pre-recorded dialog, why can’t they be connected to the Internet in order to make a human dialog?” DIRO, touted as “the world’s first talking teddy bear robot with artificial intelligence,” employs a gyroscope, touch sensors, microphone, speaker, MP3 player, LED light,…


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