Kids of today seem just as addicted to smart devices as us adults are. Might as well carry that trend into storytime!
Smart PJs feature 47 unique dot patterns that each trigger a different story or an animal lesson when your kid scans it with a smartphone or tablet. Then, the device -- through a free downloadable app -- narrates a story to your child, while they follow along. Or, you can mute the narration and do storytime yourself.
Originally, the creator of Smart PJs was going to use QR codes, but they didn't work well on fabric. So instead he and his team created the unique dot pattern, which is then read by computer vision.
Currently the PJs feature stories like Mother Goose, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen classics. The stories start automatically after the dots are scanned, creating a little surprise for your kid. And before we get too judgy about parents handing the task of storytime over to a tablet, keep in mind that the creator has six kids. So, how did storytime work before he invented these?