EKID

The World at Your Fingertips

Rating EKID - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 3+
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About EKID

EKID is a beautifully designed augmented reality app that enables children up to 8 years of age to explore the world around them by using augmented flash cards. This is a smart educational tool that is compliant with the COPPA (Children’s online Privacy Protection) rule and is designed to be used at home or within the classroom. The application explores animals, mammals, creatures, insects and various modes of transport. The application is free from in-app adverts, however, there are in app purchases for further flash card content.

EKID Review

Upon opening the application, the user is presented with an intuitive ‘Home screen’ that is easy to navigate. It is noted that children should be able to use this application unsupported once they have been shown the applications menus by parents or teachers.

The ‘Home screen’ provides a number of options. The “Settings’ option provides the user with a choice of languages and an option for sound. The developers may consider offering other languages in the future to attract a wider audience especially as the application uses limited text.

The “preview’ menu enables children to preview the numerous animals and subjects within the application. Children can listen to the wonderful sounds as well as interacting with the graphics by rotating them and making them come alive. The concept here is delightful to use and great fun. The graphics are smooth and well-presented using vibrant colours and textures.

There are a number of in-app purchase options available that once purchased can be activated via the ‘Activation code’ on the ‘Home screen’. These include a series of Free starter augmented flash cards as well as card bundles that include up to 96 augmented pictures. These flash cards be printed via the application to give the user a hands-on augmented reality experience.

The ‘Play’ option on the ‘Home screen’ is where the application really comes alive! Access to the devices camera will enable the child to hover over the printed augmented flash card and watch the objects come to life. This is a stunning piece of design and children will really enjoy the interaction and fun this provides, whether its seeing a crocodile roam in your bedroom or watching a fire engine on your desk. We recommend playing the cards on a flat, uncluttered surface. These flash cards could be linked together to tell a story or part of a learning topic.

The developers can be commended for how smooth the augmented reality interaction is and the ability to rotate around the subject is seamless. Children can also capture the images via the devices camera. The cards provide a huge variety of interactive subjects each with their own unique sounds and movement.

Although the application has been executed well we did feel that the content could be enhanced by offering further information about the flash card subjects. This could include the native countries of the animals, their size and weight etc. This could also be presented on another ‘information’ augmented reality flash card for the students to scan.

Whether it’s at home or within the classroom this augmented application provides endless fun for children to explore the app at their own pace whilst embracing the interactive technology. We loved grouping the flash cards together as a bundle to capture a host of creatures in one go. It looks fantastic!

It is noted that due to the content of the application and the technology behind the augmented reality smart tool the app is large size but still loads efficiently.

There are many augmented reality applications on the market that embrace this technology but make it too hard for the user to access. EKID has a simple interface that anyone can use that provides a seamless augmented reality experience. Parents and teachers can take great confidence in the fact that the user once shown can use the application without support. EKID – The world at your fingertips comes highly recommended by The EducationalAppStore.com

App Details

Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Skills

Cognitive Development
Communication Skills
Engagement and Usability
Creative Development
Reading
Tech Skills

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Ekid Studio

Download EKID

You can download EKID on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the EKID app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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