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Miimi — Smart Companion Doll

Miimi, the smart doll recognizing emotions from children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, unwraps a child's ability to communicate their emotions through playful interactions. Paired with a companion app, a child's usage patterns can help parents guide their children in learning social interactions and discover how their child might be feeling throughout the day.

Yasmin Mukino

Product Design

Motion Design

Research suggests that 1 in every 66 Canadian children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and one difficulty experienced with this disorder is understanding non-verbal communication and social interactions. To address this challenge, Miimi as a speculative smart textile doll that comes with a companion app provides emotional understanding for both the ASD child and the neurotypical parent. This project is a collaboration with Jan Ly, Paco Lui, and Kiran Patel.

Dolls provide a less stressful opportunity for children with ASD to explore non-verbal communication. By integrating embroidered touch sensors and a camera that detects eye-tracking and facial expressions, dolls can offer a holistic and comforting experience for the children to explore. With its companion app, Miimi provides data on the interactions with the doll, so parents can increase their effectiveness to communicate and teach emotion while gaining clarity to how their child expresses themselves.

Since ASD individual's ferocious attention to detail tends to make them as prodigies, the promotional video extends that concept further into a singular message: social skills can also be easily learned by them. With the help of Miimi, the video ad envisions an enriched everyday living for both the parents and the children.