A soft toy with embedded technology to help children learn about food

Tom is a soft toy designed to make children feel comfortable around the kitchen. Tom can speak and provides encouragement to youngsters to explore the kitchen and try out different foods.

Sensors around the kitchen pick up information such as which foods are nearing their ‘use by’ date; which are becoming ripe; and what produce is running low in the fridge and needs to be reordered. The sensors combine with those in Tom, who uses the information to encourage children to learn about the foodstuff.

Tom is portable, but can also be kept in his own nest, which can be hung anywhere in the kitchen. His cheeky character and the tone in which he speaks to children helps to build a personal relationship, which supports that of the parent and child.