SVA students designed a kid-friendly AI assistant that can detect a child’s age and simplify search results

Google Assistant Kids adds a child-friendly feature to the search engine’s AI. Minyoung Park, Jisoo Hong and Ji Hoon Kim—a team of students from the School of Visual Arts—developed the idea for Google. The project won a Cannes Future Lions award this morning.

The concept is based on the premise that children love asking questions—but internet answers are often too complex for them to understand. Google Assistant Kids can detect a child’s age by analyzing their pitch and pronunciation. It will then simplify its responses automatically to suit the age group.

Google Assistant Kids works on the Google app for smartphones and tablets or with a Google Home device. The new tool might just make the ‘Why?’ phase a little easier on parents.

Google Assistant Kids

Google Assistant Kids adds a child-friendly feature to the search engine’s AI. Minyoung Park, Jisoo Hong and Ji Hoon Kim—a team of students from the School of Visual Arts—developed the idea for Google. The project won a Cannes Future Lions award this morning.

The concept is based on the premise that children love asking questions—but internet answers are often too complex for them to understand. Google Assistant Kids can detect a child’s age by analyzing their pitch and pronunciation. It will then simplify its responses automatically to suit the age group.