Dipongo: Phygital Tales that Foster Youngsters’s Creativity

Dipongo is a cellular software out there on tablets and smartphones that goals at protecting children away from all screens to spark their creativeness and activate their creativity. The objective assertion appears like a conundrum: utilizing shows to maintain youngsters away from them, how is that attainable?

In keeping with this Raise Smart Kids article revealed in January 2020, there may be little scientific knowledge out there from pediatric research to show display screen time might be unhealthy for youths. Nevertheless, the World Well being Group and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest that youngsters between 2 and 5 ought to be restricted to 1 hour of display screen time per day. In January 2021, I discovered tons of articles about screen addiction in children and the way digital distraction is killing creativity.

To show their level, the Dipongo crew reveals the drawings beneath in its presentation deck, taken from a study conducted by German pediatrician Peter Winterstein.

The French startup based in 2018 by Emanuelle Gras (Co-founder & CEO) and Marion Peret (Co-founder & Artwork Director) develops interactive tales for youths that unfold between the true and the digital worlds. Final 12 months, Dipongo gained a CES 2020 Innovation Award Honoree.

How Does Dipongo Work?

(watch the video above and photographs beneath)

1/ The “phygital” story begins in incredible universes the place children comply with characters corresponding to Edgar the Fox within the Great Jungle.

2/ The digital story stops when the character and the kid must take care of a problem that wants an answer from the bodily world. Within the instance beneath, Edgar the Fox wants to satisfy his buddies on the opposite aspect of an abyss, and he doesn’t understand how he can do it.

3/ The story will resume as soon as the child solves the issue utilizing her creativeness, drawing, modeling, setting up, collaging… away from the display screen.

4/ The child takes a photograph of her creation, and the drawing or sculpture is built-in into the digital panorama.

5/ Edgar can cross the bridge drawn by the woman to satisfy his buddies and proceed exploring the jungle to beat different challenges.

6/ Youngsters can entry the options created by different gamers for a similar problem.

The appliance is accessible for an 8.50 euros month-to-month subscription with no delivery charges. The English model is predicted to launch in March.
The corporate presents a artistic field to satisfy the challenges of Dipongo. (see beneath)

If you’re registered at CES 2021, you possibly can go to the Dipongo virtual booth here, the place you possibly can watch the newest video demo in English (totally different from the one featured on this article). There you possibly can join with co-founders Emanuelle Gras and Marion Peret.

Dipongo is a part of the French Tech delegation at CES 2021, you possibly can check our coverage here and join with the opposite French Tech startups here on the CES 2021 website (requires registration).

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