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New smart toy will 'change the way children with developmental disorders play'

Leka is launching on Indiegogo today, with a goal of raising $60,000.
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Leka, a robotic smart toy set on changing the way children with developmental disorders learn, play and progress, has landed on Indiegogo looking to raise $60,000 for product development.

Leka is being pitched as 'the first interactive tool that will be available for purchase directly to parents, therapists and caregivers online at an affordable price point'.

“Our mission is to help exceptional children live exceptional lives by reducing the learning inequalities that many children with different developmental disorders currently deal with,” said Ladislas de Toldi, Leka co-founder and CEO.

“While there has been a lot of innovation regarding smart toys that can aid in cognitive development, none of these toys are available for public use and cost anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000. With Leka, there is finally a resource for parents who want to complement existing therapies and further foster family harmony between children and their parents, siblings and grandparents through play both at school and in-home.”

When shipped in early 2017, Leka will include seven educational activities allowing children to play while also reinforcing social and cognitive learning, including Picture Bingo, Hide & Go Leka, Traveling Leka, Remote Control Leka, Time-Timer, Alarm Clock and Night Light.

Leka will also include a cloud-based monitoring platformat launch. Equipped with sensors that record how a child is interacting with Leka, information is automatically uploaded to the platform so that parents, therapists and caregivers have the ability to track a child’s individual progress.

The platform tracks how children touch and manipulate the device, the time they spend on activities, and reaction time to instructions. From this shared interface parents, therapists, and caregivers can also communicate, including assigning homework and sharing notes on a child’s use and progress.

Via the Indiegogo campaign, backers can pre-order Leka for $490, with a $100 discount for a limited number of Indiegogo customers ($390).

Leka will ship to backers in early 2017. Check out the toy in action below:

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