The 'Novel Effect' app is aiming to bridge the gap between the real and digital world with new technology that utilizes voice recognition to enhance bedtime stories.
The new startup offers digital sound effects to accompany parent-child story time, creating an even more immersive environment for the child's imagination. Parents can currently select from a limited range of childhood classics, including 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and 'Where the Wild Things Are.' The book uses voice recognition to detect which part of the story the reader is reciting, and then chimes in with appropriate sound effects, without the reader having to follow a sequential order.
This experience promotes greater interactivity and more intimacy, while decreasing the amount of time that a child spends looking at a screen. The app's creators are currently working on making additional updates to the existing service, which would enable readers to create their own sound effects to accompany the stories as well.