The way that toddlers learn is about to get an upgrade.

From DMAI, Inc., a leading developer of artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled education solutions, comes the Animal Island Learning Adventure (AILA) Sit & Play — an intelligent monitor and edutainment system geared toward families with toddlers. The all-in-one tablet and base comes pre-loaded with ad-free content focusing on early preschool learning skills, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics), social-emotional learning (SEL), and 21st Century skills.

“Since my career as a product designer for LeapFrog, we’ve seen lots of digital education content from all over the world on open platforms,” says Tom Mott, creative director, DMAI. “Parents are overwhelmed sometimes because they really don’t have the time to research and curate the content for their young children. Animal Island Learning Adventure is an original series of preschool content focusing on the whole child. The segments integrate a wide range of preschool skills from numbers and letters to creativity, friendship skills, and understanding emotions. Animal Island Learning Adventure gives parents comfort while giving children a rich, kid-attuned experience.”

AILA Sit & Play is powered by cognitive AI that has the capacity to adapt its curriculum to suit each child’s level of engagement. Kids can learn at their own pace as they develop communication and collaboration skills with the characters on Animal Island. Parents and caretakers can track the lesson progress and screen time using the AILA companion app. Additionally, the Sit & Play functions as a phone-based monitor using the display’s onboard camera.

AILA Sit & Play will be available for pre-order in the United States starting Dec. 19.

DMAI is celebrating the launch with an open search for a “fun and bubbly baby and their family” to star in the company’s upcoming product commercial. The America’s Got Baby contest is underway through Dec. 18. Visit the AILA website for full details.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.