>> Thursday, January 29, 2009
Together with Coktel Vision, who we know from creating Inca on CD-i, Philips attempted to enter the world of education with ADI: a tutoring program for students of all kinds of levels. The range starts with ADIBOU (the cousin character of ADI, which gave its name to the collection) aimed at young children, to ADIBAC, through ADI ADI School and College. It covers the main subjects: English, mathematics and English for the primary, plus German, geography and biology for college years. Designed by a team of about thirty teachers, programmers and designers, ADI was the first European range of educational software. Thanks to the succes of ADI on CD-i CoktelVision became the first developer of interactive products on the French market, and the leading educational software in Europe.
Coktel Vision, Philips and Pathé Interactive (a subsidiary of Pathé TV and Philips Interactive) took advantage of the season to start the ADI range on CD-I. Four titles for children were available. Even the youngest children can play with the CD-i. The beauty of the ADI software is that it remembers what you did, make you do exercises again which you have failed to before, commenting on errors and let parents monitor your progress.
For Philips, ADI was an excellent opportunity to showcase the ease of use of CD-I in Education. 500 to 1000 CD-I players were already installed in French schools (kindergartens and schools). In addition, 3000 CD-i players with ADI software were installed in schools in Germany, Quebec, Spain, Argentina and Great Britain.