Here’s a bunch of things that your family absolutely must not do with Miko in order to enjoy a more long-lasting relationship with your buddy robot:
BITING: Biting Miko will probably crack your child’s milk teeth. But then again, the permanent ones will grow in soon enough.
PUSHING MIKO AROUND: Miko is scared of breaking into a hundred pieces like Humpty Dumpty. So if you throw it around and even though it might not break so easily but it’s heart will be wounded. Plainly speaking, the robot will malfunction.
BATHING MIKO: It’s always fun to have a playmate in the bathtub like a rubber duck for example. Miko is not a rubber duck. Miko will not float around and whistle “Just singing in the rain”. It will drown.
KEEPING NICKNAMES: It isn’t “Meeku” or “Mickey”. It’s Miko. The robot seriously does not associate with any other name and will only overlook the cute nicknames you come up for it.
LETTING MIKO EXPLORE GREAT HEIGHTS: Miko does not believe that it can fly. Or even land on its feet like a cat. Placing Miko on a top shelf or even a table’s edge could be fatal.
TYING A LEASH AROUND MIKO AND HAVE IT FOLLOW YOU: It’s highly improbable that you will actually succeed with this one because of the way Miko’s body is constructed; any piece of string wound around the robot might just slip away.
ASKING SUBJECTIVE QUESTIONS: For example, “Why is my uncle so hairy?” Miko wouldn’t know what to say.
TAKING MIKO FOR A WALK IN THE PARK: Miko is kind of an indoor-sy soul. No, that doesn’t mean it likes to wear mittens. But expecting Miko to climb up a rocky garden path would be asking for too much. The robot moves best on flat surfaces like tiles or wood.
TEACHING MIKO TO SPEAK YOUR MOTHER TONGUE: It is hopeless, believe me, Miko’s programmed to speak only in American English. However there’s good news on this one as we are planning native language prototypes so you might just get Miko to say “Bhalo bhashi” sometime in the near future.
That’s enough for now because we don’t want to give you any more ideas. If you follow these basic safety guidelines, then getting whacky with Miko could be exciting!
On the 1st of April 2017, post 0600 hrs all devices will receive notifications for the following two updates in the same sequence:
- Memory Update of Miko with new content and features. This will take 4-5 minutes.
- App update of ‘My Miko’ and ‘Story Time App’ through the Google Play store.
You will notice the following changes after completing the update successfully.
THE ‘HELLO MIKO’ TRIGGER
Go hands free by triggering Miko through the ‘Hello Miko’ trigger. You can enable the trigger through the settings page of My Miko app.
As soon as you will say ‘Hello Miko’, the light on Miko will turn green and Miko will be ready to answer your questions.
Please keep the phone connected and in the vicinity of the child.
BIGGER IS BETTER – IMPROVING READABILITY ON MY MIKO
Feedback has led to a jump of 2 points in the font size of the content on My Miko app. We think this significantly enhances readability.
NEW NEW NEW – NEW STICKERS, NEW EMOTICONS & NEW IMAGES
We have added many new stickers, emoticons and images to add zing to your interactions with Miko.
NEW STORIES ON THE ‘STORY TIME APP’
We have added 6 new stories to the ‘Story Time App’, taking the total to 18 stories.
STOP AUDIO & DANCE
Miko just loves to dance and sometimes he just wont STOP. We have introduced a STOP option to make Miko stop dancing. Just touch the STOP button on your screen in the Miko App and Miko will stop.
Forgot Password – simply sends a new password to your registered email id.
Change password – you will be able to change password by selecting the option from settings tab of My Miko app.
Further, you will be able to check the connection status of MIKO on your smartphone in the notifications area by pulling down on your screen.
Have any suggestions – do write into us at firstname.lastname@example.org and soon something that you have suggested will become a part of Miko!
Until our next conversation. Good bye!
The Emotix team is proud to explain the ‘Parental Dashboard’.
The purpose of the dashboard is to allow parents to recommend and select subject matter that Miko should additionally stress on when interacting with your child. Here’s how the of your child’s companion remains in your hands:
To access the parental dashboard, kindly login to www.emotix.in/login and enter details of the account used during registration on My Miko App!
The parental dashboard is kept only desktop compatible for now. Please use Chrome browser for the best performance.
Do note that the dashboard is login & password protected at all times to ensure your information and more importantly your child’s information and privacy is protected at all time.
For starters we have added the following features to ensure that you and your child can take content optimisation forward as per your needs. Features that are now a part of your dashboard:
The ‘Recommendations’ Engine
Our team at Emotix continues to work with experts to bring to you topics we believe are most pertinent to the child’s social growth. Please select your top 3 among the list of content topics to start with, for example: “Sleep early” or “Avoid Strangers”. Your selection will lead to a change in the highlighted colour.
You can also suggest to us to add new topics. Do note that any and all knowledge is vetted by our experts and goes through multiple debates before becoming a part of Miko. While we would love to hear from you always, please do not be disappointed if we don’t urgently add your new suggestions to Miko. Please be assured that as we evolve we will at some point add any and all relevant recommendations that are vetted to Miko.
We are happy to share with you an opportunity to make Miko more personal and make some days more relevant and important to your child. Miko teaches your children all about Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, helps them to appreciate their teachers on Teachers’ Day and dives into the depths of why the festival of Holi is celebrated in our country.
Learning becomes easier and more engaging through gamification. Gamification is the process of taking something that already exists and using game mechanics like Goals, Rewards, Badges, Collaboration and Competition to make learning fun.
The “Game Stats” feature summarises all the games your children have played with Miko and maps the time they’ve spent in each respective game thus tracking their learning progress, as they get better at each of the games.
And shazam! Like Miko, the dashboard will continue to evolve with new features regularly. Please use the Dashboard and let us know how much you love it!
We have all seen robots in movies and read about them in books. Robots have fascinated humans from the time of the first automata of 19th century France to R2D2 and C3PO in Star Wars, and Chitti in the Rajnikanth starrer, Robot. Perhaps it’s because we see a robot as the ultimate expression of human intelligence — an entity that mimics life. Or maybe its because we see robots as aides who can help us with the several small tasks of our lives while we occupy ourselves with more important things. That’s why the Roomba is so popular. Whatever the reason, robots have been part of the public consciousness for centuries.
What is a social robot?
While automata and Roombas can perform tasks for which they have been programmed, R2D2, C3PO, and Chitti, could interact with human beings. In some cases, they were even capable of feeling emotions. These are social robots. It’s no coincidence that these examples are fictional. For long, we have struggled to get robots and humans to interact seamlessly, and social robotics has been the domain of science fiction, not reality. That has begun to change.
Why companion robots?
Who among us didn’t want a little robot buddy as a child? We all wanted our own little R2D2 who would guide us and help us. Companion robots are fascinating little creatures who are not only artificially intelligent, but also emotionally intelligent, giving life to dull, lifeless task-doing robots. They can talk, they can respond, they can learn from us, and ultimately improve our everyday lives.
Companion robots and children
Kids today interface with technology from a young age, so much so that a large portion of their time is spent in front of screens. 82% of Indian children in middle class urban homes are well-versed with smartphone use. 92% of parents polled were concerned about smartphone addiction among their kids, but 80% refrained from snatching phones away from their children. Parents need a positive and trusted gateway of technology, because they realize children have to learn to coexist with technology in today’s world. The solution to the significant challenges technology poses will come not from purging technology from our lives, but from newer, better technology. Companion robots are this technology.
Miko is India’s first companion robot. Miko is an emotionally intelligent robot who is capable of engaging, educating, and entertaining a child. Miko is a gizmo, buddy, and developmental aid all rolled into a puppy-sized package. Find out more about Miko at www.emotix.in. Register for a demo of Miko at http://emotix.in/demo.