(Carmel, IN) – October 20, 2015 – pi lab, an education technology company focused on intelligent product and application creation, announces the eagerly anticipated availability of Edwin, the world’s first Smart Duck. Edwin is a learning toy with personality that lives in a child's hands and on a mobile device as an animated character as they play, learn, sing, and dream — together.
Edwin brings a personality to learning with fun interactive experiences for ages newborn and up, melting hearts with his soft touch, adorable quack and glowing charm. Utilizing SQUACK™ Technology, (motion-based interaction and BLUETOOTH® wireless connection with a mobile app), a child will instantly connect with Edwin. By tapping, turning, and tilting Edwin, children will guide the animated character on one of his many adventures and explore challenging educational games designed for every developmental stage.
“First made popular in the 1940s, the rubber duck is one of the most iconic and recognizable toys worldwide,” said Don Inmon, co-creator. “We have given this cherished character a name and personality, while embedding innovative technology to offer infinite experiences for your child to learn, play, sing, and dream with Edwin. Whether playing one of Edwin's popular original sing-a-long songs or learning to read with one of Edwin's many adventures, Edwin’s capabilities and content will evolve as your child develops and grows.”
Earlier this year, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) identified the top toy trends for 2015 and beyond – these include strong growth in educational toys offering “smart play” opportunities, continued integration of technology, and an upswing in aquatic-themed playthings. Edwin the Duck is on the cutting-edge of these themes, but his appeal is timeless – the charm of the rubber duck meeting the motivation to make learning fun.
Bring Edwin’s world to life by downloading the Edwin App!
Play Together – Fun, educational games teach shapes, with more games in development for additional ages and skill levels. Edwin explores new ways to learn through play and friendship.
Learn Together – Adventure stories emphasizing self-confidence, good decision-making, and other important topics are brought to life through SQUACK™ Technology, as children use Edwin to control the animated character throughout his adventures.
Sing Together – Watch Edwin dance on the screen while he teaches a child to sing along to some of his favorite original songs. Written especially for Edwin and his friends, his playlist will be ever-expanding. Being waterproof, Edwin can splash and play in the bath, shower or pool while streaming music. Connect Edwin via BLUETOOTH® wireless technology to enjoy Edwin's Bath Time tunes, or stream a favorite playlist as a child splashes around with Edwin.
Dream Together – Use the app to play a lullaby or stream your own, turn on Edwin’s soft nightlight, and watch your little one drift off to sleep. Edwin is no ordinary duck.
A CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) certified technology product, Edwin is a BPA-free children’s toy retailing for $99.99. Edwin is equipped with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, LED nightlight, thermometer*, wireless waterproof speaker, and he even floats. Edwin also comes with a nest to rejuvenate him for a new day of fun and learning. The free Edwin App is available for download in the App Store.
*separate apps for temperature sensor, additional sleep sounds, and LED color/brightness controls available soon!
For more information, visit EdwinTheDuck.com.
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The team at pi lab believes in the power of imagination. We invent product experiences that transform the way children and families learn because we are inspired by the fun and joy we discover from the creative process.