Qualcomm and Sesame Workshop are collaborating on mobile learning applications for early childhood education. As part of the agreement, Qualcomm will perform research and development activities with Sesame Workshop to create and deliver new innovations in mobile educational content.
The first applications planned through this collaboration, Abby’s Fairy Rock and Big Bird’s Words, are being demonstrated at CES.
Big Bird’s Words will feature the first ever use of Qualcomm Vuforia augmented reality (AR) platform’s text recognition capability. Within the app, children are guided, via the use of a virtual “wordoscope”, to search for and find new words in their environment – making vocabulary building a fun and interactive experience.
Abby’s Fairy Rock (a working title) introduces pre-schoolers to the building blocks of music by allowing children to turn a tablet into a guitar and learn about musical concepts such as tempo, while interacting and playing along with Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby on a smart TV/STB Development platform, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
Qualcomm’s AllJoyn peer-to-peer technology seamlessly blends the game experience between the TV and mobile device.
In addition, Qualcomm and Sesame Workshop are continuing their collaboration in China and India through Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative to bring educational information to underserved children.
In India, Sesame Workshop’s Galli Galli Sim Sim, the Indian version of Sesame Street, is using 3G mobile technology to distribute radio content, videos and fun lessons about healthy living and good hygiene habits, as well as literacy and math, to migrant children aged between five and eight and their families.
In China, a project launching later this year, will provide tips, activities and other tools to help families with young children prepare for emergencies.