AI Fan Along
AI Fan Along will focus on developing concepts for a meta-story chat tool to allow children to safely engage with their favourite TV show characters through types of voice-assisted smart technology, such as an Amazon Alexa or Google Home. When an episode of a TV show ends, children will be encouraged to speak to the characters through smart technology to reflect on the events from the show and to participate with suggestions and predictions for the next episode.
The project team will look at ways of extending audience engagement, to give children the opportunity to safely cultivate bonds with the characters, which in turn will help them develop social skills, such as understanding emotions, cooperation and negotiating conflict.
An overarching aim of the project is to increase social development within children, focusing on developing higher levels of social literary and empathetic understanding through immersive digital storytelling.