ToyGether

A plush toy for kids that connects to their parent’s smartphone.
It enables parents to interact and play games with their children, even when far apart.

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A toy to always stay Together

With ever increasing working days and commute times, parents might have less time to spend with their loved ones. Toygether aims to bridge this gap by providing a screenless interaction platform, enabling young children and parents to play together, even when they can’t be physically together.

DESIGNED BY KIDS (AREN’T WE?) FOR KIDS !

Toygether is a soft-toy that help shorten the distance between parents and children in an educative and intuitive way

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Interactive

Stay connected and experience new user-friendly and meaningful interactions between the parent and the child even at a distance.

Educational

The plush toy helps developing all senses of the kid, fostering memory, coordination and reflexes.

Washable

All the electronics are easily removable, which allows for an easy washing of the soft toy.

Screenless

Your children won’t even notice the technology between their hands, while enabling parents to stay in touch and play with them.

Share a moment with your child, anywhere and anytime

Via a beautiful and easy-to-use application on your smartphone, you can always make your children at home feel your playful presence. Whenever your child starts playing with the toy, you will get a notification and be ready to play together.


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Team members


I come from Paris. I’m student at ECAL on my second year of bachelor option : industrial design. I am excited to be able to participate in this program for the interdisciplinary side but also for the opportunity to realize during 30 days a concrete project which takes several dimensions
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  • Amara Marjane

  • Industrial Design
  • ECAL
I am Kiwi and French and I love travelling! When I'm not studying and working on any of my projects, I'm active in scientific outreach and equality programs. I love participating in conferences around the world in technologies, leadership, women empowerment and sustainable development.
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  • Chloe Dickson

  • Firmware Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
  • EPFL
Nice to meet you! I'm half Italian and half Swiss, currently taking my Master in Computer Science at EPFL. Im an Alumni of both PoliMi in Italy and Tongjj University in China. I am passionate and full of ambition, always looking for the next challenge to face in my life. Perfectionist and meticulous, I like to push little projects to their highest boundaries. I love to travel, explore new cultures and experience something new each single day.
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  • Matteo Yann Feo

  • Software Engineering
  • EPFL
Italian, born in Switzerland and grown in France, how could I not be tempted by such a multicultural and interdisciplinary program? Intrigued and fascinated by robotics and embedded systems, this minor will enhance my learning outcomes in programming skills, which I consider essential for my future projects. Attentive and respectful, I always enjoy meeting new people and practicing the five languages that I speak fluently. The multidisciplinary group with its various knowledge, approach and qualification will definitely enrich my horizon. The fact of working together on a long term project will teach me a lot by applying the different disciplines and will allow me a solid preparation before starting my professional career.
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  • Simone Sanso

  • Electronic Engineering
    Firmware Engineering
  • EPFL
I was born in the area of Lausanne and grew up there as well. I started my bachelor in management at HEC Lausanne right after highschool. I can't wait for the CHIC adventure to start and I am looking forward to meet other participants !
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  • Estelle Geneux

  • Business
  • UNIL
Hello, I’m a young Swiss Italian designer, and I’m currently under formation in the field of interactive design. My passion have always been widening my horizon by working, learning and exploring the world. My hope as a designer is to help people to do the same and give them new tools to facilitate them in those challenges. Even if I work often on quite high-tech designs, I have long developed an interest in the more simple and spiritual aspects of the human nature, their contact with themselves and with their environment.
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  • Luca Sassoli de Bianchi

  • User Experience
  • ECAL

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Our blog


Re-START again: pitching, pitching, pitching…

November 7, 2018

Hello dear friends, during this third semester of our CHIC-experience you received less constant updates from your team Toygether. However, when you do, you already know it's only for positive news!… [...]

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Let’s all go “toygether” at Forum EPFL

October 8, 2018

Dear CHIC followers, if you recall the last couple of posts from this summer, we left our story hanging between pitches, prototyping and culture-exploring activities in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. We… [...]

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Border Ecologies: Makerspaces

July 26, 2018

Introduction During the whole CHIC experience we were working in or visiting places called Makerspaces. Makerspaces are places where people are allowed to make a bit of mess, it’s a… [...]

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Public spaces in China

July 25, 2018

Hi everyone, Here we are again, for another “Border ecologies” blog post. The text that is following will describe some of the differences Amandine Gini & Simone Sanso spotted during… [...]

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Pitching like no tomorrow !

July 18, 2018

Dear CHIC followers, we don't know whether we are still influenced by the jet-lag or it's the impact of the famous "Shenzhen speed" everyone talks about. However, it is already the… [...]

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Day n°8/ Still working hard at x.factory!!!

July 16, 2018

After this weekend and a sunday free of work, the five teams are back to work at X-Factory. The teams are very focused, as there are only 4 days left… [...]

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Meeting Artop, everything tip top !

July 16, 2018

Hi everyone, Here we are again, to give you some more insights about how the prototyping phase of the Toygether plush toy proceeds! After a very instructive feedback from the… [...]

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A story of markets and pitches

July 13, 2018

For this second blog post we want to talk about Friday July 13. The morning was devoted to hard work at the x.factory, with teams either working on their pitches… [...]

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let’s goo x.factory

July 12, 2018

For our first day in Shenzhen which is one of the biggest production centers in the world and the richest city in China with the CHIC team we are going… [...]

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Ni Hao China !

July 11, 2018

Monday, 9 July 2018 meeting at 8:00 at EPFL. All five teams from Geneva, Fribourg and Lausanne were ready with their luggage and excited to finally start the adventure. Not… [...]

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Let me introduce to you… Toygether !

June 2, 2018

What a journey we had! For the past seven months, our team has kept working and improving every single day. We started from late October by not knowing each other… [...]

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准备,出发 ! ( Get ready, start ! )

May 26, 2018

The final race that will bring all of us in Shenzhen has officially begun, and trust me it will be messy! While the semester is about to be over to… [...]

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Soft stuff

May 18, 2018

Hi everyone!   We've been a bit late on the blog updates, but we've been super busy with our electronics, design and more! We presented our first soft prototype at… [...]

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Before MS 4

May 1, 2018

Dear chic community, Milestone 4 is going to happen very soon and we are getting ready. Things are slowly coming together and engineers, designers and business are moving step by… [...]

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April 26, 2018

Dear CHIC community, Here we are, end of April and the project is starting to feel much more real. Things are evolving fast now and you know what ? Designers… [...]

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When MS3 is done… MS4 is on the way !

March 30, 2018

[caption id="attachment_6219" align="alignnone" width="1490"] Engineering SCRUM board[/caption] Hello followers, we didn't waste too much time after our MS3 pitch and demo to directly go back to work. We have received… [...]

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narrowing Down, building Up!

March 15, 2018

Hooray! We got a neat concept under our hands now. The lasts weeks, we had grown more and more concerned by the complex nature of the hospital environment. And even… [...]

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SOS CHIC !

March 4, 2018

Hello followers, what a week we just had ! The semester's first deadlines, the CHIC meetings and even an unexpected March snowstorm. As mentioned in the previous post, the semester… [...]

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Hello World!

February 28, 2018

Hi everyone! Last week, we needed some rest after MS2 to rethink everything we'd been told. All the feedback was very useful, but we felt a bit pushed around and… [...]

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Kick-off weekend

February 18, 2018

Chill, take it easy and relax… It is the last weekend before the beginning of the semester … Well, that was not really our plan, since a China Hardware Innovation… [...]

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MS2, ready… Go !

February 10, 2018

Dear CHIC Community, Time flies and MS2 is coming soon ! As ou already know, many things have changed since MS1 if not everything ! We started all over again,… [...]

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The second coming.

January 30, 2018

Hooray crew! We survived the pernicious waters of conjectures and we are now sailing on the sea of concreteness. MS2 island don't look so far away anymore. Our efforts are being… [...]

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When the cuddly toy broke his leg …

January 25, 2018

... and so did the children. But they can share the adventure together while staying at the Hôpital de l'enfance in Lausanne. The cute little plush toys are given by… [...]

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Stress but not least

January 17, 2018

Dear CHIC Community, The end of semester is coming and all the team napac is under the stress… But our team does not let down ! We are on the… [...]

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Would you adopt one?

January 12, 2018

Hi readers, Our team is currently investigating whether a connected teddy bear would have a place to be loved and cuddled, either at home or in hospitals. To understand the… [...]

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Refining our new idea

January 3, 2018

End of the semester, Christmas, New Year’s celebrations, upcoming exams, holidays…So many reasons for slowing down on our weekly meetings, but we didn’t ! As Chloe mentioned in the last… [...]

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Pivoting

December 30, 2017

With Milestone 1 behind us, we needed some time to sit back and reflect on what we had done. The NAPaC One project was developed for a milestone, but none… [...]

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Hello Again !

December 15, 2017

Dear CHIC Community, We've been a little bit shy for the past weeks, but we're back again with a new blog article ! Let's face it : MS1 was not… [...]

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Here we are! Milestone 1 is over

December 5, 2017

Days became weeks and weeks became... time for Milestone 1 ! As we mentioned in previous posts, nobody realised how fast time could fly. It seems yesterday we all met,… [...]

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On your marks… 3…2… 0 !

November 27, 2017

“Time flies” is not just an expression, but a reality. It looks like the CHIC adventure just started… Still in less than a week, NAPaC will already present an idea… [...]

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Third Week !

November 19, 2017

Hello CHIC community Three weeks already that we’ve started this adventure and NAPaC seems to be on good track ! After our first pitching class where Luca totally blew our… [...]

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Second week !

November 15, 2017

Hello CHIC community Here is what happened during this adventurous second week ! We continue to make our appointments at epfl and we started by saying hi to everyone, very… [...]

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Brace for the brainstorm

November 8, 2017

Here we are. Lost in the immensity of the possibility offered by the Urban Communities. A universe so vast that everything seems to go with it, and yet nothing has… [...]

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The birth of NAPaC

October 31, 2017

Hi everyone! We had our first CHIC workshop last week-end... and now the adventure begins! The NAPaC team is formed of (from left to right, top to bottom on the… [...]

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The second coming

January 30, 2018

Hooray crew! We survived the pernicious waters of conjectures and we are now sailing on the sea of concreteness. MS2 island don't look so far away anymore. Our efforts are being… [...]

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