From the way we work to the way we socialize, technology has virtually changed every aspect of our society over the past few decades. Take a look at how children today play and interact verses the generation before. You’ll find that more children aged between two to five years of age can run applications and video games but can’t tie their shoelace or ride a bike. Scary right? Well not exactly.
While many parents actually debate whether technology is a boon or a bane, it’s important to recognize that technology is here to stay. In the right environment and with the right supervision and monitoring, kids can actually benefit greatly from their interaction with technology.
When used correctly, technology can actually encourage creativity and dynamic thinking – allowing children to experiment with situations, scenarios and approaches. Many softwares today actively teach math, science, social studies, and other useful topics. Studies reveal that a curriculum designed with the integration of digital media can improve early literacy skills, concentration, and multi-tasking ability.
So the question still arises. Even with the benefits that technology may pose, how can families find that perfect balance between technology usage and family bonding? Instead of differentiating the two, why not put them together?
Miko is a next generation companion robot for children with advanced artificial intelligence technology with significantly enhanced emotional and social intelligent capabilities. Simply put, he’s a robot companion with a one-of-a-kind personality.
Miko’s interactive features provides both advanced companionship with learning and development benefits to children and, at the same time, enables closer interactions between family members. Additionally, with a parental analytics dashboard that allows you to monitor and manage your child’s interactions, Miko always plays by your rules.
Thus, Miko not only provides children with the benefits of technology, but becomes a strong value addition and not a substitute for the family – one that actively enables parents to participate in their child’s developmental education.
The journey started with the founders of emotix – Mr. Sneh Vaswani, Mr. Prashant Iyengar and Mr. Chintan Raikar (alumni of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay) building robots since their student days. It stemmed from their undying determination and passion which led them to solve solid consumer problems with their experience in technology. An important direction was a genuine unmet social need of today’s Indian parents and children.
Over two years and with a global team of over 30 engineers, mathematicians, artists and neuropsychologists across India, Russia, and Korea, we have launched MIKO on social media last November. Miko was born on 7th November 2016 and today we count back the past one year with our buddy.
Miko was designed keeping children in mind — safe, light, and round edged. Our child-centric approach means that we treat the privacy of the child with utmost respect. It is intended for children above 5 years of age ultimately helping them play, learn and grow.
We launched MIKO on social media last November 7 and received an overwhelming response. Being in a niche segment market, we started with pre-orders with the delivery date of the first production lot on February 28, 2017
The pre-booking orders for Miko came with an overwhelming response. Apart from this, it got a lot of recognition and awards coming its way starting from ranking 2nd nationwide at IBM Smart camp for Deep Tech startups in December amongst 135 applicants, getting India’s Best Design Award 2017. Besides, Miko was presented and demonstrated live at NASSCOM Product Conclave and CNBC Young Turks Conclave 2017.
Emotix team receiving 2nd place at IBM Smart Camp
Sneh Vaswani presenting Miko at NASSCOM Product Conclave
Besides we have been invited to many of the kid’s event and festivals throughout the year. Some glimpses of the same as below.
Miko at India Kid’s Fashion Week and Kids with Miko at Techfest IIT Bombay
But no journey comes without hardships. Embracing all aspects of the journey, Team emotix has gone ahead, set new targets and has never let the fire in them die.
Inspite of everything, the focus on the goal has never deviated. We are among the very few global social robotics startups to have delivered the product on time.
Miko at Hamleys and Croma – Gadgets of Desire
Today Miko is available at Croma, Hamleys and Flipkart – one of the most renowned retailers and all of this would never have been possible without the acceptance and support of the consumers and undying spirit of Team emotix!
Kudos To all of us as Miko turns one!!