CES: Leka smart toy to help children with developmental disabilities - ToyNews

CES: Leka smart toy to help children with developmental disabilities

The smart toy debuted at CES and aims to help children with disabilities such as autism to learn and communicate
Author:
Publish date:
Screen Shot 2017-01-05 at 11.14.45.png

The French toy firm Leka has shown off its latest smart toy of the same name at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

The toy bares a resemblance to Star Wars robot BB-8 and aims to help children with developmental disabilities such as autism to learn and communicate with others.

The device is aimed at schools and therapy institutions and can be controlled by a caregiver or set in an autonomous state so that children can engage with the device's activities at their own pace. The educational games are designed to motivate social interactions, that increase motor, cognitive, and emotional skills, as well as stimulating autonomy.

Leka ran a successful Indiegogo campaign for the toy that has surpassed its goal and currently sits at $131,928. For a pledge of $490 (just under £400) you can pre-order your own Leka. The device is expected to launch in February 2017.

Related

Screen Shot 2017-05-05 at 10.53.00.png

Peace of mind: How children's brands are addressing mental health issues

Parents have called for toy retailers to follow the example of Toys R Us and introduce more measures to accommodate children with autism and mental health issues. Meanwhile, toy firms and children’s brands are beginning to create products that cater to or raise awareness for those who live with autism and mental health disorders. Jack Ridsdale finds out what is being done for this cause and what still remains to be addressed.

Featured Jobs

Copyrights Group

Marketing Manager

The Copyrights Group is one of the licensing arms within The Vivendi Group. Acquired by Vivendi in 2016 Copyrights manages the licensing for a portfolio of properties to include Paddington Bear. Some of the other companies within the Vivendi Group include Universal Music Group, and their licensing arm Bravado, Gameloft and Studiocanal to name a few.