Smart wooden dolls let kids communicate from afar without screens

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

The most exciting new toys use technology to enhance physical play rather than replace it, Hackaball and Moff are two such products. Now, Avakai companions are smart wooden dolls that use Bluetooth technology and sensors to let children connect to each other from afar without screens. Avakai are wooden figurines which aim to bridge the gap between traditional toys and mobile devices. The toys are inspired by Russian Matryoshka dolls and made from locally sourced, long-lasting materials. They contain technology including Bluetooth and touch and movement sensors, enabling them to react to the player's actions — the dolls communicate with each other…

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