Our experiential apps begin with our proprietary technology that synchronises text to audio, word-by-word.
This enables us to produce apps 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 our apps. 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 apps 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 apps. Although sharing the entire experiential apps 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 practise 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. We have developed new technology that enables us to bring our unique synchronisation of sound and text to adult learning, particularly in the area of language revitalisation. And in the latest move, we have developed a unique Indigenous Language Toolkit that enables indigenous groups to communicate their own stories and perspectives.