ByteDance has announced an interesting gadget for helping your kids with homework, but also checking if they’ve done it. It’s called Dali Smart Work Lamp, and it’s a strange crossover between a reading lamp, a camera, and AI-powered learning assistant.
As far as the light goes, Dali is designed to help children see better. It allows them to stop tilting their heads while reading, and doesn’t produce flicker or blurred vision. But it’s the camera bit we’re particularly interested in, so let’s move straight to that.
Dali is equipped with top-mounted and front-mounted dual smart cameras. According to the manufacturer, “it is convenient for parents to know the child’s learning status anytime and anywhere.” Boy, am I thankful my mom didn’t have this while I was in school!
Through Dali’s smart dual-camera and “Dali AI Tutoring” app, parents can also help their kids with homework remotely. After your kid finishes homework, they can take a photo and upload it with one click. You can then check the homework through the mobile app. The lamp also enables you to chat with your kid if you’re away, so you can help them study.
“But why wouldn’t we just use Skype or phone,” you may wonder. Well, ByteDance points out that it can be distracting. Indeed, when you finish video chatting with your kid, who can guarantee they won’t play phone games instead of doing homework? Unlike phones, “Dali only retains a single learning function, without the temptation of social media and games,” ByteDance explains. “At the same time, instead of unlocking and typing, the innovative interactive method that can solve homework problems by pointing to the book and asking, also makes the process of children’s homework easier and more efficient.”
It never crossed my mind that we will be able to use desk lamps and cameras someday to help kids with homework or check if they’ve done it. I wish I had a picture of my desk lamp from the 1990s to show you. It still works, by the way. And I only got Wi-Fi and a smartphone when I was already in college. But it’s fun to see how technology is advancing, and all the possible uses of cameras other than taking photos and videos.
Would you use this smart lamp, or you’d stick with checking on your kids personally?