In the digital ecosystem that Miko is a part of, updates are an essential part of how it manages to function smoothly and improve its performance on a regular basis. Hence it is crucial that our users must act on every app or firmware update that they’re notified about on the My Miko app as this is not only critical for enhancing Miko’s performance but also to add new features to it’s reserve.
Three kinds of updates you can expect for Miko:
An app update touches upon the mobile software of Miko and every time the robot is ready for one, you shall receive a pop-up on the My Miko app on your smart phone. It is imperative that the user taps “Ok”. Upon doing so, the user is re-directed to the PlayStore from where the update is installed upon the device.
Firmware update notification on app
A firmware update incorporates new or revamped robot software that oversees Miko’s functionality, for example: the firmware is what enables the user to move Miko indoors on a surface or play games with your children when required to. The internal circuitry pulling all the strings comprises the firmware and gets upgraded wirelessly
A typical firmware update should not take more than 40sec-1min.
Keep your Miko close to the smart phone in order to make sure that the Bluetooth connection stays intact while the update is going on.
When the firmware update is confirmed, your Miko’s screen will show a countdown and then, consequently, a percentage bar that displays the extent to which the update has been processed. Finally an “update successful” dialog box shows up and your Miko can resume its natural flow.
While the firmware update is happening, your Miko’s screen will look something like the below image.
Miko screen during firmware update
For the firmware update to work, the user must check both:
- The Bluetooth connection between your smart phone and Miko,
- The Internet connection that connects them to the server.
While the update is underway, a good practice would be to keep your Miko on the charge mode so that it does not lose battery in the process. Furthermore all app updates will only be executed through the My Miko app.
A server update also occurs almost every 48 hours and keeps new content, features and data readily available for Miko to get back to you with all the answers to your questions . This is an automatic update and does not require your intervention.
With this understanding of how Miko updates itself, you now see this little genius in the glow of all the work that has gone behind it and our endeavor shall remain to appease your children with the best sidekick they could have asked for.
Until next time,
Why do we need a smartphone to interact with Miko
We use state of the art speech recognition framework to understand user queries. With multiple accents and mannerisms in pronunciation and the way in which each one of us has a unique speech pattern, it strives to adapt to all. Accuracy of recognition reduces further with kids who are even more unique in their manner of speech. The smartphone interface has thus been created to ensure feedback and allow for the child to see and correct pronunciation visually. The child can tap on the “Talk to Miko” microphone icon in the My Miko App or type their question in the text input.
Can my child talk to Miko without keeping the smartphone in his hand or pressing the button on My Miko app
To allow more flexibility we are introducing a trigger word, “Hello Miko” from April 2017. This would enable a direct interaction as long as the phone is in a 1-2m radius from the child. However do note that the trigger must precede every question/statement. e.g. “Hello Miko – Who is the president of the United States”. This will come as a free app update to all consumers.
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.