KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Toybox Creations and Technology (Toy Eight), a Japanese artificial intelligence (AI)-backed edutech business, has joined the Greater Kuala Lumpur (GKL) Live Lab programme, according to InvestKL, the capital city’s major investment promotion agency.

GKL Live Lab, which will open in April 2021, aims to position Greater KL as a smart city for innovation and ideation, serving as a testbed where foreign companies experimenting with new and disruptive ways to solve the world’s most pressing problems can bring their concepts to life while collaborating with local players.

It also aspires to produce high-paying, future-ready jobs, as well as to enrich the local environment by introducing more sophisticated and complicated activities.

Through InvestKL’s Commercial Ecosystem Collaboration (BEC) initiative, GKL Live Lab provides a platform for global organisations to develop effective business ties with local academia and Malaysian firms. It establishes a unified and complete ecology.

Toy Eight is presently working on an AI-powered application that uses a smartphone to democratise developmental evaluation for toddlers. It was created by an ex-Nintendo game designer to analyse youngsters at play in order to better understand their qualities and talents.

Toy Eight is collaborating with Sunway University to develop AI evaluation tools.

This is part of Toy Eight’s collaboration with Sunway University, which aims to address socio-educational issues in Southeast Asia by making developmental assessment more affordable and accessible, while also rapidly improving understanding of child developmental levels in various communities and areas.

Sunway iLabs (iLabs Foundry) paired Toy Eight with two psychology researchers from Sunway University’s School of Medical and Life Sciences, Dr Woo Pei Jun and Dr Wo Su Woan, who worked closely with Toy Eight’s technical team for 12 weeks through the GKL Live Lab.

This partnership resulted in a localised AI system focusing on early childhood development, encompassing motor abilities, fine motor, cognitive, receptive language, and expressive language.

The AI system intends to help young Malaysian parents determine what their children are naturally strong at and unlock their skills through personalised learning content, while also detecting areas of worry or delay so parents may seek early support from specialists.

Masaki Ishibashi, founder and CEO of Toy Eight, commented on GKL Live Lab, saying the program’s resources were very helpful in developing and implementing an AI-based assessment system aligned with Malaysian practises, following the guidelines of Malaysia’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.

Meanwhile, Sunway University president Professor Sibrandes Poppema stated that the university-industry collaboration in accordance with the 10-10 MySTIE framework is very serious, combining innovative ideas from our scientists with the ability of industry partners to make the resulting products widely available to the public.
iLabs Foundry also helped Toy Eight interact with local communities, gain access to fresh talent from Sunway University, and execute a pilot trial with Sunway business units, including using Sunway City as a testbed for Toy Eight’s ideas.

Toy Eight and Sunway University’s co-developed edutech initiative, according to InvestKL CEO Muhammad Azmi Zulkifl, is the newest addition to the cohort of intriguing GKL Live Lab projects, and yet another vote of confidence in Greater KL as an innovation and ideation smart city.

“As a result of the changes brought about by Covid-19, companies are increasingly reconsidering their local and global business strategy, with many pivoting to prioritise innovation and digitalization.” GKL Live Lab incentivizes these forward-thinking businesses to make new or increased investments in Greater KL.”

GKL Live Lab’s mission is to drive innovation, accelerate digital adoption, and enrich the local ecosystem. ( Article published The Edge)

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