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Storytelling by Children

Erteki is an immersive installation, which listens to children’s stories and illustrates them live, using speech recognition, machine learning and projection. Erteki, or fairy tale in Turkmen language, is designed to make stories and characters come to life in a magical experience.

Erteki is a master's thesis project by Akmyrat Tuyliyev at the Interactive Telecommunication's Program (ITP) of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Read more at:

Project details

Erteki is a Javascript project. The listening part is run by P5 Speech, which utilizes Web Speech API. The illustrations are supplied by drawings from the "Quick Draw", Google's large open-source data set of doodles. To amplify and diversify the linguistics of the project, the latest update includes a Thesaurus dataset of synonyms. To save the canvas, press "S". To clear the canvas and start from the top, press BACKSPACE.

Currently in the works:

  • size differences and
  • letting the users specify colors of the doodles.

If you're intrested in helping grow this project, please email me at