A number of children grapple to read at an age-suitable level, but Google is gambling that tech can assist them get up to pace. The firm’s tentative Area 120 unit has launched Rivet, an application for iOS and Android that plans to make reading practice both rewarding and accessible. It provides over 2,000 books ranked by complexity, and employs speech tech to train children on their accent. Rivet can read whole pages or words, underlining terms as it goes along, but it can also pay attention to a kid’s personal reading and provide advice on the terms they did not get correct.
The application also depends on game technicalities to spur young kids. Children earn badge and points, and it tailors the complete affair with avatars and suggested themes & books. Area 120 also commits “surprises” and “energizing games” to keep users on their toes.
Privacy is of course essential. All that speech technology is stringently on-device, and the app needs parental approval. Data is only employed to enhance the reading experience within the app.
On a related note, Google’s problems with spreading child-based content expand further than YouTube. Media has discovered a number of Android applications on the Play Store that were rated as secure for children, but sported gruesome material. Mad Max Zombies was given a PEGI 3 rating but had users shooting the undead with huge amount of blood. On the other hand, Baby Panda Dental Care had you removing out teeth in a quite graphic way.
Out of 52 games media sent to the firm, 16 have either been eliminated outright or re-launched with additional appropriate permissions and ratings. Mad Max Zombies is now given a PEGI 12 rating, for example. On the other hand, it is not clear just how many other games have gone unchanged, and some offenders have more than 100,000 downloads.