The Kids are AiLright – tonies tests new storytelling method

The potentials of AI storytelling to help develop children’s imagination through a test with an AI-based content generator that allows users to create stories in a playful way and listen to the audio file on the Toniebox

The company’s approach reflects both the need for caution and responsibility, as well as curiosity about this new technology: selected users will therefore be guided through a pre-set form to provide input for their stories, and they will also participate in a survey to share insights and reflections from this test.

Patric Faßbender, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, says: “With cautious excitement we now dip our toes in the AI water and explore ways how kids – along with their parents – can properly use AI to tap into their unlimited creativity and keen sense of storytelling. At tonies it has always been our mission to provide kids with access to technology in a responsible and child-friendly way.”

tonies will launch its AI-based content generator in mytonies, their digital user interface, A 1000 users, or thereabouts,  in the United Kingdom as one of tonies’ core markets will take part and try out this new feature allowing them to create their own stories together with their children. To generate stories or documentaries testers input via dropdowns and text fields such as the names of the hero and companions, the theme of the story (e.g., friendship), its tone (e.g., magical, comical), and the age of the listener for appropriate vocabulary. The pre-set input mask supports customers and gives them guidance and ideas to invent exciting stories while also leaving enough room for their children’ creativity and imagination.

As output, the AI-based generator creates a script which users can record themselves or convert into an audio file based on text-to-speech technology – both can then be assigned to a Creative Tonie to enjoy the story right away on the Toniebox. Also tonies  have implemented several restrictions and taken measures to mitigate risks for inappropriate words and infringement of trademark or licensing rights. tonies is leveraging an interface to OpenAI (“ChatGPT”) to generate the script together with an interface to ElevenLabs to transform the script into audio.

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Toyologist Pete Jenkinson regularly writes about toys in national newspapers like The Sun and The Mail. This super-dad has an unmatched passion and dedication for trying and testing the latest, coolest and most interesting offerings from the world of toys.

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