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Miraffe offers kids new AR tech learning experience

A “magic mirror” device for children offers fun educational experience.

Augmented reality (AR) technology can be fun and educational and Chinese Shenzen-based company Xiaoxi Technology is combining both these aspects in its new Miraffe “all-knowing magic mirror.” Miraffe is a yellow, hand-held mirror-shaped device with a giraffe-inspired design (including a giraffe spotted handle as well as ears, knobs and eyes on top of the bezel). The AR tech has been specifically created for children and features a phone-sized screen and a front-facing camera, which recognizes objects and links animated characters with the real world, providing children with educational apps and the ability to video chat with parents.

Miraffe can do more than recognize and name objects

The device can recognize everyday objects, such as a phone and calculator, according to Variety, and it can also spell the word for each object it recognizes in both English and Chinese. According to a spokesperson from the company, presently, Miraffe has a 60 to 70% accuracy object recognition rate. While impressive to say the least, there is still room for improvement.

That being said, the device does more than simply name objects. It also comes with numerous interactive AR cards that are both fun and educational. These picture paper cards feature various animals such as tigers, fish, zebra, etc., which can be viewed by the Miraffe’s camera, and appear as 3D animated images through the screen. The user can obtain a life-like 360 degree view of the 3D animals by tapping and dragging the animals on the screen.

Miraffe offers a more affordable and less complicated approach to AR tech.

Although Miraffe’s augmented reality approach isn’t exactly unique, what makes it notable is that it is an AR device designed specifically for children and, as Variety puts it, has opened up “a middle ground between general purpose mobile phones and expensive headsets or glasses.”

Instead of requiring an expensive and complex gadget to make augmented reality work, Miraffe has shown that it can be done with a simple toy that is fun for children and easy for them to use.

Currently, Xiaoxi Technology is running a Kickstarter campaign for Miraffe, which is selling a limited number of the devices for $99. However, the company intends to sell its AR tech device for a suggested retail price of $300 later this year.

Can augmented reality convince kids to like their veggies?

AR technology is being used to help to encourage children to make smarter eating choices.

Encouraging kids to eat their vegetables can be a challenging activity for parents and other child guardians, but a new effort using augmented reality technology has now been designed to help in this effort.

The use of technology through smartphones may hold the answer to making healthful eating more appealing.

A company called Powerful Plants is now providing fun and educational options that are designed to help to show kids that they can eat in a way that promotes a healthy body, while having a good time and enjoying themselves. This company goes above and beyond the simple sale of products that are interesting to kids. The packaging for those products is enhanced with augmented reality technology to help to make things even more exciting.

When viewed through an augmented reality app, the packets show vegetable characters that appear to come to life.

Augmented Reality - VegetablesThe Powerful Plants products, themselves, are seed packets that give kids what they need to be able to grow their own veggies in their own containers or backyards. Each packet comes with a character printed on it. When viewed through an AR mobile app, the cartoon character appears to come to life, moving around and talking.

The AR cartoon character provides the child with a number of fun facts about the specific type of plant that they will be growing, and that they will one day be eating. This provides the child with an education about the plant and the healthy food, in a way that is fascinating and fun for the0The combination of education and mobile technology has been increasing in popularity. Equally, a growing number of toys have been including mobile features as well as augmented reality, with companies including large brands and tiny one-product businesses working the tech into their offerings. In the case of Powerful Plants, they have managed to use this opportunity for both education and for play in order to make sure that the kid has fun, but will also take important information with them that will hopefully promote nutritious eating throughout their lifetimes.