Google has debuted a kid-focused voice assistant named Diya as part of its new educational app for Android called Read Along.
Designed to teach children how to read, Diya and Read Along is aimed squarely at parents home-schooling their offspring during the current COVID-19 health crisis.
The Read Along app comes with a set of stories and word games for kids aged five and up. Diya monitors the child as they read, using Google’s speech recognition technology to spot mistakes and places where they are having trouble. The voice assistant can correct their errors as they read, as well as congratulate them on successes. The student can also ask Dia to pronounce words they don’t know how to say at any time. Parents can create individual profiles so that they can track individual progress.