Finally, A Robot That Will Talk To Your Children So You Don’t Have To When You Are Tired

Finally, A Robot That Will Talk To Your Children So You Don’t Have To

NICHOLAS CARLSON AUG. 21, 2013, 8:50 AM 3,856 17


You work really hard all day, so when you’re finally back at home, all you want to do is kick back with your iPad and play with some apps. A little Candy Crush and scotch to ease the pain, am I right? But no. First some 8-year-old wants you to talk to them. Then some 3-year-old is trying to give you a hug. Ugh. Fortunately, for you, modern parent, there’s a new Silicon Valley startup called WittyWorX. WittyWorX makes a green robot owl called “IXI-Play” that is programmed with a “rich set of sensors and expression capabilities to support the playful interaction” with your children. “With its lifelike body movement and posture, animated eyes and sounds, IXI-Play is very well suited to express its emotions during game play. Children recognize and enjoy this interaction, making IXI-Play feel like a real buddy for playful interaction.” Translation: make sure there’s water in your ice cube trays and your iPad Mini is charged, because you’ve finally got some quality time ahead of you in your evenings, modern mom or dad. WittyWorX showed off IXI-Play yesterday, at a very important conference for startups in Silicon Valley called YCombinator Demo Day. All the top venture capitalists attend the event to see what kind of life-improving innovations are coming next. IXI-Play was a favorite. Here are some of IXI-Play’s expressions. Note the one in the second row from the top, second column to the left. This robot will handle the tough love for you. Here’s a video demonstration of IXI-Play.  When the dad sits in the easy chair at 41 seconds in, remember to imagine that’s you.

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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (, the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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