For little girls there’s no home like a stone tower

I am constantly amazed at the things kids make.  Usually it starts with a house, then a bed, possibly a kitchen, then….ramparts and fortifications.

The picture above shows my 10 year old daughter’s house.  It features a rather robust design of several levels that includes a library and swimming pool.

There is also a room for her 21 year old sister Ariel.  (She felt that Ariel needed some help, as so far Ariel has only managed to make herself a hole to live in…nice!)

Everything has a story

Everything has a story.

This statement is one of the core principles that help guide and create the eidy learning experience.    We believe that kids only learn if they have a reason to.   So what would happen if everything had a story behind it, and knowing that story would let you do cool things?

A child playing eidy quickly discovers the power of words.   A mysterious amulet called the eid enables them to create objects and cause amazing effects.

Using the eid they can read the story behind each and every object in the game.  They can then use the stories as a model for writing their own stories down in books.  They can then use the books to create new objects.

This can cause some unusual difficulties.  Caz, a 10 year old complained that when she wrote a story about Sammy the sheep (not his real name) he just looked like an ordinary sheep.  He didn’t seem different to the other sheep.  I guess we need to do some more work to make Sammy more Sammy like.  (A name tag that says Sammy?)

Another challenge is coming up with enough stories for the thousands of possible items in eidy.    More about this later..

Computers like to chat too – Artificial Intelligence and the Network Effect

Many successful apps today incorporate a “social” aspect.  This is where users feel connected with a larger community of people to collaborate, compare or compete with.  Examples that come to mind are the widely successful Instagram and “Words with Friends”.

The state engine behind our software Eidy builds virtual personalities based on information about the current user and generic knowledge bases such as Wikipedia.  This works will, but ultimately it ends up creating a virtual personality very much like you.

Everyone knows that “you” are awesome, but do you really want to talk to “you” all day?

It’s a bit like having a friend that lives in a cupboard who only ever interacts with you.  Sure, they may share your opinions (and some resentment about the cupboard situation) but conversations may be limited.   To be interesting your friend probably needs to talk to others to get a more rounded conversational repertoire and thus be far more interesting to talk to.

We are looking in to the idea that virtual personalities all over the world could talk to each other.  By doing that they could gain knowledge and perhaps unexpected things to say.

This leads to the obvious question of what happens if your VP falls in with the “wrong crowd”?    Perhaps we need to look for “suitable” company.  Effectively a VP dating service?

Welcome to Eidy

This blog will be used by the Eidy team to share our thoughts on things that inspire us.

We are particularly excited by the advances being made in software user experiences. Experiences we aspire to bring together in an original and profound way.

We look forward to sharing.