Belgium Startup Has New Way For Kids To Play Their Favorite Jams
Jooki, an innovative startup from Belgium, showed off their interactive sound system for kids and families at South By Southwest. The international startup participated in the SXSW Accelerator. Now in it’s 9th year, the South By Southwest Accelerator sources the best of the best startups across the globe for a competition over the first three days of the Interactive conference.
Jooki combines a Bluetooth speaker with the same NFC technology found in popular interactive video game toys like Skylanders and Nintendo’s amiibo.
At the center of the Jooki system is the Bluetooth speaker and player. The speaker has an SD card inside of it as well as Wifi capability to stream audio from a smart device to the speaker from any of the popular music services. Using the Jooki app, parents can create different playlists and attach them to one of the Jooki figurines. When someone puts the Jooki figurine on the speaker it plays that list only.
The source of the playlists can come from a streaming service or audio files stored on the SD card found in the machine.
This is a great way for kids to enjoy music in a gaming fashion and for parents to be able to control what their kids are listening to. But that’s not all.
The folks at Jooki added the ability for parents to send an audio message to the box itself that kids can play back later. This is perfect for traveling parents that might miss a nightly tuck-in or a good morning ritual.
After making it to the finals at the CES 2017 Techstars startup competition, they finished as a finalist at SXSW as well.
“I believe that everyone, including all kids should be able to enjoy the freedom and joy of music,” said MuuseLabs’ CEO Théodore Marescaux. “I am very excited with Jooki’s selection for the SXSW Accelerator finals, it is the ideal event to showcase how we blend technology with simplicity to bring the magic of music to all.”
Check out Jooki at jooki.rocks