by Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 13 December 2013

This South Korean robot was created by SK Telecom to takeover parental duties. Almost. Programmed with songs, games and other interactive programs, Atti is controlled by a magic wand and might just help your kids learn faster than any parent can.

SK Telecom Project Manager Shin So-young says research has shown children see robots as friends and don’t get bored of robots repeating phrases, whereas they do with their human teachers.

And Atti isn’t the only hi-tech system to take the reigns in child rearing, either. Book Tree is another invention that uses radio frequency technology to read kids’ favorite books aloud, getting children more interested in reading.

And to think we were just playing with simple blocks 20 years ago!