Electronic interactive toy for promoting learning in a child

  • US 7,050,754 B1
  • Filed: 07/31/1998
  • Issued: 05/23/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/29/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An interactive activity system for a user comprising:

  • a first electronic display screen displaying a visual graphical environment for the user, the graphical environment presenting the user with one or more visual prompts, said prompts assisting to prompt the user to cognitively react by manipulating one or more graspable objects;

    a support structure, said support structure having a work space including a contact-sensitive second electronic display screen capable of displaying graphical images, said contact-sensitive electronic display screen being separate from the first electronic display screen and capable of receiving input from the user through the detection of the location of one or more graspable objects placed on the work space and the path of one or more graspable objects manipulated laterally across the work space, said support structure also having a button not associated with a keyboard or numeric keypad with which the user can make entries into the system;

    one or more detectors associated with the contact-sensitive nature of the work space, the detectors being capable of generating information corresponding to the location of the one or more graspable objects placed on the work space and the path of the one or more graspable objects manipulated laterally across the work space by detecting a mechanical downward force generated by the user'"'"'s placement or manipulation of the one or more graspable objects on the work space; and

    a processor capable of generating graphical images on at least one of the first and second display screens, recognizing actuation of the button by the user, receiving information corresponding to the location of the one or more graspable objects placed on the work space and the path of the one or more graspable objects manipulated laterally across the work space and generating feedback to the user.

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