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Noisy Book

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Voice recognition brings sound to your stories -- sometimes.

App iPhone , iPad Free Books
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Easily hacked

I was using this with my 3yr old. Initially it was great, my child loved listening to all the sounds. He even started to make up his own stories adding words that made sounds. But…used it yesterday and there was random ‘i love yous’ then as i was speaking words like ‘hi, wanna meet’ came up. Then things like ‘lets play’ ‘ill meet you at 6pm’ ‘you would be tasty’ ( we were reading the three little pigs). It was very scary. The app cleary has security issues and I would advice all to avoid.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This app offers an idea that may appeal to some families but doesn't work well enough to satify them. New advances in voice recognition get developers really excited, though it's less clear if the technology works well or makes sense for families yet. In some ways, the idea is interesting: enrich your stories with sound and visual effects to make story time an immersive experience and enhance the stories that kids make up on their own. And, when it's working well, that can be what it feels like. Unfortunately the transcription often lags far behind your natural pace of reading so the effects come in too late. And, only some words have associated effects, so you have to choose your stories and words carefully to match what's available (hint: animals, weather, and transportation are good themes). It's nice to save the stories, but is incredibly disappointing that all you can save is a print copy of your transcribed words. There's no way to go back and hear the story again, or re-read that same story to get the sound effects going again. On the other hand, some families may wonder why they need a screen to enhance story time. Isn't the power of the imagination what reading stories is all about? For those families, Noisy Book may feel like yet another way that technology is creeping into everything that we do.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : speaking, storytelling
  • Skills: Tech Skills : using and applying technology
  • Pricing structure: Free (The free version allows users to save progress in one story. Unlock unlimited saving with $0.99 in-app purchase.)
  • Release date: September 27, 2019
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Lumen Digital
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 13.0 or later
  • Last updated: April 27, 2020

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