Our experiential books begin with our proprietary technology that synchronises text to audio, word-by-word.
This enables us to produce digital books that integrate content with dramatic narration, illustration, animation, translation and interactivity to create a multi-sensory experience that is proven to increase enjoyment, engagement and understanding.
Direct synchronisation is also hugely important for educational purposes, as it enables young readers, readers with learning difficulties or readers learning other languages to benefit from visual and auditory inputs simultaneously.
Swipe-to-Read™ is one of the standard features in a KIWA BOOK™. If a reader wants to repeat a section of text, all they need to do is swipe it. The narration will immediately begin again from that specific point. The words will also light up as a guide for those learning to read.
Because our audio tracks are synced with the text on the screen, when a reader wants to repeat a word and hear its correct pronunciation, they just need to touch it. This direct action-reaction feedback provides an extra level of reinforcement that improves language acquisition.
By including the Touch-to-Spell™ feature, our books become automatic spelling tutors. When a reader double-taps a word, they’ll hear it spelled aloud for them, and each letter is highlighted as it is read out. This helps to prepare learners for reading – children enjoy it and its use promotes letter recognition and phonemic awareness.
This optional feature is included in most of our children’s books. Although sharing the entire experiential book is an amazing way for family members to connect with one another, this feature allows parents or carers to record their own personalised narration of the story, for children to play back later. Children can also record themselves to practice their reading and speaking skills.
At KIWA®, we are continually innovating. Our technology has been further developed to breathe new life into the contemporary graphic novella format with the Ngā Atua Māori series. And in the latest move, we are launching new technology that enables us to bring our unique synchronisation of sound and text to novels, plays and other texts.