The Interactive Storytelling Plush Octopus
OCTOBO is a reactive plush octopus toy that comes with a storybook. As parents and children read the book together, they discover what OCTOBO wants, give him things they find in the book, interact with OCTOBO, and see him respond to them.
He has a tablet display on his head and soft sensors throughout his body.
OCTOBO's creator, Yuting Su, is a maker, designer, and producer of games and new media. She feels a strong affinity toward tangible products and innovative combinations of different media forms. OCTOBO began as her MFA thesis project at the University of Southern California's Interactive Media and Games program. In a world where children are turning away from physical toys in favor of unfeeling screens, she hopes OCTOBO can introduce a new kind of seamless digital/physical hybrid gameplay that brings back the joy of tangible play.
OCTOBO has been selected for alt.ctrl.GDC 2016, IndieCade Showcase @ E3 2016, and Indie Prize Showcase | USA 2016. The OCTOBO team is starting to look for interested partner companies for manufacturing, marketing, and distribution, and is planning a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
“…direct interaction [with Octobo…] might have the greatest potential for a true emotional and empathetic experience”
“…a smart way to combine tech with old-school storytelling, and the design really is incredibly cute”
Richard Lemarchand, Marientina Gotsis, Martin Sanders, Alex Fleetwood, Diana Hughes, Casey Astorino, Martzi Campos, Stacy Shi, Stephaine Anderson, University of Southern California Interactive Media and Games Division