OCTOBO is a reactive plush octopus toy that comes with a storybook.
As parents and children read the book together, they discover what OCTOBO wants, give him things they find in the book, interact with OCTOBO, and see him respond to them.
He has a tablet display on his head and soft sensors throughout his body.
I have always had a strong attachment to tangible, physical products. I may be nostalgic, but I feel sad seeing kids become attached to digital screens and no longer spending as much time playing with physical objects. Last year, with my partner Martzi Campos, I made an interactive popup book, Curiouser and Curiouser! While making that experience, I was amazed that we can actually bring a huge magical surprise to our players just by adding a small twist to traditional media like physical books and toys. With OCTOBO, I'm trying to make something even better something that has a tangible interface and a seamless hybrid of physical and digital gameplay which can also enhance a social experience around the game.
Yuting Su, Creative Director, Team Lead
Julian Ceipek, Technical Director, Designer
Xian Lu, Multimedia Designer
Nami Melumed, Composer
Jacques Bartbar, Composer
Justin Bortnick, Writer
Liwen Lin, Illustrator