As you work your way through the activities in this case study, keep track of your notes on this padlet.
With the holidays right around the corner, many minds are turning to toy shopping and what might be under construction at Santa’s toyshop. Take a look at what’s at the Robot Shop
. What catches your eye and why?
In the 80s, children were introduced to interactive technology with devices like Speak and Spell. Today’s interactive devices are far more fluid and interactive than toys were 35 years ago; Ubooly is an interactive robot toy intended for children:
Lego Mindstorm involves drag and drop programming appropriate for older children.
Interactive Yoda comes pre-programmed with a number of phrases and three play modes for interaction. Hello Barbie interacts with children and conversations are stored on a remote server for two years. The more children interact with her the more she learns about them and the more precise her interactions. Developers assure nervous parents that conversations will never be released and will not be used for marketing purposes; Hello Barbie comes with some controversy.
It has become normal to see people interacting with their devices and “Hello, Siri?” has become a part of daily conversation as has the phrase, “Ok, Google…”
Pleo RB is a lifelike robotic companion pet. Like any real-life pet, Pleo RB goes through hunger and fatigue. It has four life stages from newborn to adult, the progress of which depends on the owner’s level of interaction.
What do you think? What are the advantages of relationships with robots? What might some disadvantages be? Some child psychologists suggest that interactive toys might be interfering with child development. In your opinion, how is childhood today different than it was 50 or 100 years ago?
Materials required for this lesson:
Computer, projector, Internet access
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ChipChick. “Hello Barbie is World’s First Interactive Barbie Doll”. Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube February 15, 2015. https://youtu.be/RJMvmVCwoNM. Web. October 2015.
Google. “The Google app: Questions”. Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube May 3, 2015. https://youtu.be/5shykyfmb28. Web. Oct 2015.
Google. “The Google app: Road Trip”. Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube September 26, 2015. https://youtu.be/Na9y-Sssbt0. Web. Oct 2015.
iRamixx. “Hello, Siri.” Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube October 4, 2011. https://youtu.be/8ciagGASro0. Web. October 2015.
Lego Group. (2015) Lego Lego Mindstorms EV3. Retrieved from http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/build-a-robot. Oct 2015.
MrCrazyCommercial. “Speak and Spell Commercial (circa 1980).” Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube April 5, 2010. https://youtu.be/qM8FcN0aAvU. Web. Nov 2015.
PLEOrb Innvolabs. “How to Train a Responsible and Caring Kid, PLEO rb is here to help”. Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube March 7, 2012. https://youtu.be/PEF92N9oaP4. Web. Nov 2015.
Ubooly Inc. (2015). Ubooly. Retrieved from http://www.ubooly.com/.
Ubooly Creature. “Meet Ubooly”. Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube Oct. 30, 2012. https://youtu.be/vYj7trLBfh4. Web. October 2015.
Ubooly Creature. “Ubooly How it Works”. Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube June 24, 2013. https://youtu.be/OgWgJUs0Hyg. Web. October 2015.
Robotics. “Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Commercial”. Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube November 10, 2011. https://youtu.be/uaNFbWj-XqI. Web. October 2015.
Robotshop Inc. (2015). Robot Toys. Retrieved from http://www.robotshop.com/en/robot-toys.html. Nov. 2015.