6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET News Video: Sesame Street goes virtual

About Video Transcript

CNET News Video: Sesame Street goes virtual

2:21 /

At the Augmented Reality Event in Santa Clara, Calif., we get a look at the way your kids will be interacting with Bert and Ernie in the future.

Is your child's next toy going to be virtual? I'm Rafe Needleman at the Augmented Reality Event at Santa Clara talking to Miles Ludwig from the Sesame Workshop. Tell me about what my kid is gonna be using next. Well, Rafe, we're looking at how can Augmented Reality create new kids of educational experiences that can help us teach kids numbers and letters and all the other important skills that are a part of what Sesame Street does and working with Qualcomm and using their Euphoria Engine, we've been able to build a prototype in which children can play with familiar Sesame Street figures like Ernie here. Place Ernie into a room and Ernie comes to life. He becomes an animated character. That's right. So kids are able to play with physical objects just as they might play with a play set or doll house but then looking at them through the tablet, looking at the scene they've created and the choices that they've made, it animates the character come to life and they start suggesting inert educational story lines in ways of interaction, interacting that will bring learning. How do you interact? Do you move them around? Do you talk to them or? That's right. You can move them around. You can, so if I place this object into the room for example, this jukebox. Boom. Now, we're having a dance party. Disco Ernie. Pretty cool, huh? All right. Exactly. And one of things that we are testing with kids because our organization is very research-driven. It's a non-profit. Everything that we do is about getting out there, putting things in front of kids and finding out what engages them and what ultimately drives educational outcome. That's why it's giving my kid a virtual reality app and a fragile tablet better than just giving him a couple of toys. I would not necessarily say that it was better but our mission is to help children reach their fullest potential and we avail ourselves or every option, every platform, every technology that parents ultimately are going to be choosing to put in front of their kids. We wanna make sure there's something positive and constructive for it. So when are our kids gonna get this? I hope we'll see it early next year. All right. Thanks a lot. Thanks, Rafe. For CNET, I'm Rafe Needleman.

New releases

Reasons not to buy the Galaxy S6
3:06 March 6, 2015
Don't let its curves seduce you. Here are five reasons to resist the temptation of Samsung's Galaxy S6 smartphone.
Play video
The Canon Pixma MG5620 is an attractive printer despite its high ink costs
1:29 March 6, 2015
Expensive ink refill cost is a limiting factor for the Canon Pixma MG5620 inkjet printer, though the machine is reliable and includes...
Play video
Sony's ZX2 is luxurious and pricey
2:13 March 6, 2015
The Sony Walkman ZX2 is a luxury portable player with Android streaming apps, a premium build and excellent sound -- but its incredibly...
Play video
Apps to help you plan your social life
1:04 March 6, 2015
It's time to break out of that social rut and jump-start your weekends and free time with new activities, restaurants and day trips....
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 140: Google's Atari AI, a futuristic doghouse for £20,000 and more
26:40 March 5, 2015
We check out a robot that could be a precursor to dinosaur robots, an extravagant doghouse full of luxury amenities, and an AI build...
Play video
The push to make VR headsets mainstream
1:42 March 5, 2015
Video games are literally going to people's heads. At the Game Developers Conference, virtual reality headsets were all the rage as...
Play video
Inside Scoop: Watches and what else to expect from Apple on March 9
2:49 March 5, 2015
CNET's Kara Tsuboi and Shara Tibken talk about what news might emerge from Apple's upcoming media event in San Francisco. Price and...
Play video
Hackaball brings the iPad to the playground, Ep. 194
4:37 March 5, 2015
This week on Crave we get to play with the Hackaball at the playround, find out what it would be like if Wes Anderson directed an X-Men...
Play video