Carnegie Mellon University

Integrated Innovation Institute

Engineering + Design + Business

Integrated Innovation Institute

Connected at the Hippo

How can parents stay connected with their children while away?

Time spent with children and grandchildren is precious, but for many families, busy schedules or long distances often limit engagement with children.

The Solution

Connected at the Hippo is a pair of plush toys that use a cloud server to support engagement between a child and their family member. When the motor in one hippo is shaken, the other responds with the same vibration, so families and children can play with one another despite being faraway.