United Kingdom   |  2020

EF Study Buddy Smart Speaker

Entrant Company

EF Education First

Category

Product Design

Client's Name

Sub-Category

Baby & Children Products

EF Study Buddy is a next-generation smart speaker that brings English language education to life. Designed specifically for kids aged 3 to 6 who are speaking English as a foreign language, it delivers content relevant to their language skill level and creates conversational opportunities to let kids use English naturally as part of the learning curriculum outside the classroom. The look of the speaker is based on one of the main cartoon characters from Education First’s Small Stars Course, Study Buddy projects a distinctive personality and emotions with a pair of animated eyes and lively voice and let young learners immerse with course-related songs, stories & games in multiple ways including card scanning, voice command, and tactile buttons. Content can be periodically updated along with kids' progress and can be triggered freely or by schedule via parents' App. Gamified activities purposely encourage the use of physical movement with the ten NFC cards and voice interaction with a proprietary speech testing engine to reinforce the learning. With the wellbeing and comfort of students paramount, twin monochromatic OLED eyes allow for visual feedback while preventing exposure to disruptive blue light emissions.


Credits

VP Product / EF Edtech
Manon Dave
Lead Product Designer / EF Edtech
Tien Sheng Huang
Senior Technical Product Manager / EF Edtech
Ricardo Luz
VP Manufacturing Operations / EF Edtech
Gareth Mills
Senior Product Designer / EF Edtech
David Carroll
Senior Product Designer / EF Edtech
Qing Hu
CXO / EF Central Research
Enio Ohmaye
Director of Research / EF Central Research
Bob Zhou
Head of Mobile Development / EF Central Research
Joni Silva
Creative Director / EF Edtech
Tim Ackroyd
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