The Winston Primer

I’ve been rereading The Diamond Age and understanding a lot more about the “Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer” which plays a major role. So it was awesome to see that some Pixar veterans have started to create something very similar for the iPad…right down to the ractors:

Speech engineers interpret the data daily, and alert writers to fresh answers. In one Fireside Chat Winston asks, “What is your favorite ball?” The staff came up with all the ball types they could think of, but in testing the app several kids replied “gumball.” Since that was not in the lineup, the writers concocted a quip to respond to “gumball” and added it to the database…

So far, more than 3,000 lines have been recorded. The ToyTalk team expects to add fresh material to the app every week. And there’s also a full-time voice actor on staff to record the dialogue.