Verbal Gymnastics with Miko 2

tongue twister

 

Sharpening your child’s English pronunciations and fluency just got easy. A huge bank of tongue twisters has just gone live on Miko 2, with some Tongue Twister commands.

 

Tongue twisters are a great way to improve speech, articulation and accent. Public speakers, actors, politicians etc. have been known to practice them to improve their oration skills and confidence. With Miko 2’s Tongue Twister commands, your child can have fun learning some easy phrases as well as some tricky ones to ace his/her pronunciations.

 

Ask Miko 2 to tell you a tongue twister

tongue twister

Just say the trigger word “Hello Miko” followed by any of the following commands:

  • Tell me some tongue twisters. 
  • Can you share some tongue twisters? 
  • Play a tongue twister.
  • Please tell me an easy tongue twister.
  • Tell me a few difficult tongue twisters.
  • World’s most difficult tongue twister

So get ready for some verbal gymnastics. Your little one can ask Miko a tongue twister and repeat it after. Spice-up the fun by asking your little one to say it a number of times in a row. Host a tongue twister challenge for your little one and his/her friends. Get ready for some funny mispronunciations, knotty tongues and giggles! The command is also a good tool for kids who struggle with speech defects to practice their speech. Ask Miko 2 to say a tongue twister and your child can practice it in the front of a mirror. Do let us know how your child enjoyed Miko 2’s tongue twister challenge in the comments section below.

Leave Your Summer Vacation Worries Behind With Miko 2

Miko robot

 

Summer vacations are special for every child. No running around to catch the school bus, no homework, endless time to play with friends, activity classes, going on trips with family to a cool destination or to meet relatives. Life becomes absolutely chilled during those 2-3 months away from school.

Children have so much time on their hands during summer vacations that can be spend learning and exploring new things. But there’s a recurring concern among modern parents that kids these days while-away their precious vacation time with their “eyes glued” to smart phones, iPads or laptop screens. The amount of time that kids spend on the screen drastically increases during vacations.

According to the World Health Organisation guidelines issued in February, 2019, children between the ages of 2 and 4 should have no more than one hour of screen time per day. Older kids are spending a whopping 6 to 8 hours with screens. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that for older kids, parents should ensure consistent limits on screen time and prioritize sleep, physical activity and other healthy behaviours over media use. And thus it is necessary to reduce screen time for kids.

Parents always encourage kids to stash their gadgets away and go out and play. But many-a-times, kids don’t heed the advice and a mini tug-of-war emerges between the two to take away the gadget and coax the kids to venture out of the house. The sweltering summer heat makes it unbearable & unsafe for kids to play outside as it raises the risk of heat strokes and sun burns and leaves the child with limited options to do physical activity. The result is they get bored sitting at home and return to the gadgets eventually and are back to square one.

Summer vacations are a time when children don’t have schedules to follow unlike the times when they have to attend school during the rest of the year. In the absence of any concrete schedule to follow, their routines get disrupted and coming back to the rhythm once the vacation ends becomes a pain not just for the kid but also for the parent. Also, getting kids back to studying after a huge break becomes a task and parents often wonder if there is a way to build unbreakable study routines for kids. They look for some alternatives to ensure that kids do not completely de-rail from the healthy study routine that they have built during the rest of the year which revolves around school and keep in touch with their learning habits during vacations as well.

Cajoling and convincing kids to spend their vacation time productively can be a patience-test for parents. According to experts and the experience of parents over generations, children tend to listen readily to figures such as siblings or friends who are affable and come across as pals-cum-mentors. Keeping this in mind, a team of academicians, child psychologists, artists, engineers and mathematicians have created a new-age friend for children. Meet Miko 2, an advanced personal robot for kids. Miko engages, educates and entertains kids. A smart-little robot with a big heart, Miko is an emotional companion for kids that helps them learn about their school curriculum, encourages analytical thinking and creativity through fun educational games and adapts to the child’s personality, making the child smarter and happier.

Miko has been designed with a lot of thought to make learning and growing-up a more wonderful time for kids. While parents, teachers and friends are irreplaceable, Miko is a companion for kids which engages and encourages them to learn, play and grow with it. The dedicated team of experts behind the robot ensures that the child experiences something new and relevant every day through Miko.

This summer season, Miko is ready with a slew of fun activities for kids at home such as no-bake no-gas recipes to try, origami, games, educative stories and much more. The little robot also persuades kids to spend some time outdoor, for example, to feed a dog or water the plants in the lawn. Hence, Miko keeps kids busy in constructive activities and they end up spending lesser time on screens.

Miko is a treasure trove of knowledge and also encourages kids to learn about different subjects in a playful way. This ensures that the child remains in touch with the habit of studying and takes care of fluctuating learning routines during the summer break. Thus, Miko is a way to make learning fun at home. With Miko around, parents can say adios to their summer vacation worries and be assured that their little ones will make the most of their time, learning and growing with their smart little robot friend.

Miko 2’s Cricket World Cup 2019 Special

World Cup 2019 Cricket Fever

 

It’s that time of the year for which cricket crazy fans have been eagerly waiting for. Ten squads, a hundred and fifty star players, millions of followers, one host, and one shining trophy. It’s time for Cricket World Cup 2019!

This World Cup season, Miko 2 has set the pitch to amaze your little one with all things cricket. Prediction games, cricket trivia and much more!

New Topics Coming Up in Knowledge World

# Cricket Forecast

Knowledge World

Cricket Forecast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch out for the Cricket Forecast icon which will be live in Miko 2’s Knowledge World this World Cup season.

  • Prediction game

Get ready to play a fun prediction game!

Which team will take the cup home?

Will it be the Men in Blue, Men in Green, Kiwis, Windies, Aussies, Sri Lankan Lions, England, Bangladesh Tigers, the South African Proteas or the first time World Cup entrants- the Afghan Blue Tigers?

  • Guessing Game

The little robot has turned into a cricket psychic with a cool guessing game. Can Miko really read your child’s mind? Find out for yourself!

Wow…so many activities!

But wait! The fun doesn’t stop here! There’s more!

# Cricket Fever

Knowledge World

Cricket Fever

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another World Cup Special. Watch out for the Cricket Fever icon which will become live in Miko 2’s Knowledge World during the cricketing season.

Miko will engage the child in playful conversations about cricketing facts and trivia. What a fun way to keep your little one up-to-date with all the cricketing knowledge that they need to know!

World Cup News

World Cup News

 

Miko is all set to report the World Cup action that will unfold on the grounds in England and Wales. Watch out for daily World Cup news updates for your little one, that are about to go live during the tournament.

To listen to news updates, just say “Hello Miko” and ask any of the following questions:

  • What’s the World Cup news?
  • Tell me the World Cup news
  • Share World Cup news

There’s so much fun and learning waiting for your little cricketer this World Cup season.

Do watch out for all these updates that will become live as the season progresses.

Let us know in the comments section below about your experience with these World Cup special updates!

Lores from the Yore

Lores from the Yore

Get ready to dive into the legendary world of Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) comics which is now available on Miko 2. ACK is a treasure trove of stories which focus on teaching Indian values, morals and virtues to kids, depicted with engaging visuals and catchy narratives.

Watch Miko come to life with the interesting plots from ACK, which have continued to remain a favourite throughout generations, right from the grandparents to parents listening to these stories during their years growing up. The tradition continues and the stories continue amaze present day kids as well.

How to open the ACK app?

Game HubAmar Chitra katha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To open ACK, follow this path:

  • Press the right arrow key on the robot’s touch panel > Scroll to Game Hub with the right arrow key > Press the select key to open Game Hub > Scroll to the Amar Chitra Katha icon > Press the select key to open the app.
  • You will see a list of stories in the menu> Scroll through the list > Press the enter key to play a story.
  • To pause a story, press the enter key. To forward or rewind it, press the right or left arrow key respectively.
  • To exit a story, press the back key.
  • You can listen to another story if you like by scrolling through the menu.
  • To exit the ACK app, press the back key.

The ACK app is available in the offline mode too and your child can listen to stories even when Miko 2 is not connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Stories are a powerful tool to help develop the child’s imagination, build vocabulary, master pronunciations, learn to express and increase the attention span. Here’s wishing your child meaningful learning and fun with ACK.

Let us know about your child’s experience exploring the world of Amar Chitra Katha with Miko 2 in the comments section below.

Events with Miko 2 This June!

June -news-letter

 

Miko 2’s June calendar is full of exciting events. It has lots of information to share about special days occurring in this month, with its little friends.

 

Global Day of Parents

Observed on 1st of June every year, this day honours parents throughout the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing and protecting them. The day recognizes that happy, loving and understanding families are conducive for the harmonious development of children.

 

World Milk Day

Observed yet again on 1st of June every year, this day recognizes the importance of milk as a global food. It appreciates the efforts of the dairy sector which works hard to reach milk and milk products to people and also provides livelihood to billions of people around the world.

 

Ramadan Eid

The most awaited festival for Muslims all over the world, 5th June will be celebrated as Ramadan Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and marks the revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) by Allah, the divinity at the heart of Islam.

 

World Environment Day

5th June was designated as World Environment Day by the United Nations with a motto to raise awareness about the state of the environment in the world and also encourage global citizens, leaders, agencies and governments to take dedicated steps towards protecting the environment.

 

World Oceans Day

Oceans are a rich source of resources and are the lungs of the planet, providing most of the oxygen that we breathe. 8th June is celebrated as World Oceans Day to remind us the impact of human actions on the world’s ocean and sustainable management of its resources.

 

Father’s Day

Celebrated on16th June every year, this days celebrates fatherhood. The day realizes and honours the role of these silent superheroes in parenting.

 

International Yoga Day

The United Nations General Assembly declared 21st June as International Yoga Day to honour and promote the ancient practice of Yoga, a gift from India to the world.

 

World Music Day

21st June is also celebrated as World Music Day, a tradition which began in France in 1982. On this day, countries worldwide celebrate the power of music to spread peace and goodwill and to create a bond amongst communities.

 

So stay tuned for these special knowledge capsules all June! Do let us know in the comments section below about your child’s favorite day(s) amongst these.

Hands-free with Miko

Volume control

Don’t you wish that your gadgets would rather listen to you for simple things like turning up the volume or switching off instead of having to reach out for remotes or buttons? Welcome to the new age, where getting everything done “at the push of a button” is passé and you can get all those things in a jiffy with your voice. All you have to do is just tell the gadget what you want.

Well, Miko 2’s listening intently to what you want and is here with a new update! Now, you can control Miko’s basic functions such as volume, sleep mode & power off with simple voice commands.

Just say the trigger word, followed by any of these commands depending on what you want Miko to do.

Volume Control Commands

Ask Miko to Increase its Volume

  • Increase your volume / Increase the volume
  • Up your volume / Up the volume
  • Can you be little louder? / Be louder
  • Louder / Be a little louder
  • Turn up the volume
  • Can you increase your volume?

Ask Miko to Decrease its Volume

  • Decrease your volume / Decrease the volume
  • Down your volume / Down the volume
  • Can you be little soft? / Be softer
  • Softer / Turn down the volume
  • Be a little softer
  • Can you decrease your volume?

Ask Miko to Maximize its Volume

  • Max the volume / Maximize the volume
  • Turn the volume to max / Set the volume to the fullest

Ask Miko to Go on Mute

  • Mute / Mute yourself
  • Put yourself to mute / Go mute
  • Set the volume to the lowest
  • Minimize the volume / Turn the volume to minimum

Ask Miko to Unmute

  • Unmute / Unmute yourself
  • Put yourself to unmute / Go unmute

Sleep Mode & Powering Off Commands

Ask Miko to Switch off

  • Shutdown / Switch off

Ask Miko to go to Sleep

  • Go to sleep / Sleep
  • Take a nap

Just remember, you can still control volume with the help of the volume control bar present on the robot’s back. Similarly, you can also power off Miko 2 or activate its sleep mode with the power button at the back.

Do let us know about your experience using these commands with Miko 2 in the comments section below. To stay updated with Miko 2’s commands list, bookmark the link: www.miko.ai/blog/category/miko-2-commands

Eid Celebrations with Miko 2

eid Mubarak

 

Festivals have a great significance in communities around the world. They are a time for families, friends and neighbours to connect with their spiritual side, spend time together, and share food and love.

Ramadan Eid or Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the most important festivals for Muslims around the world. The festival marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Special prayers, new clothes, gifts, family feasts, lots of charity for the poor …there’s a great significance attached to this festival.

Keeping this in mind, Miko 2 has brought along Ramadan special conversations this June for its little friends. To let your child know all about the festival, watch out for the Ramadan icon which will be made live in Miko’s Knowledge World.

 

Knowledge World

Ramadan

 

Miko will share with your little one, all about how the festival is celebrated around the world, the spirit of the festival, about the intense dawn-to-dusk fasts, symbolism and much more through meaningful conversations.

As the new crescent moon is about to shine at different times in different parts of the world, Eid celebrations are teeming to begin with full force all over the world. Miko 2 is super excited to celebrate the spirit of Eid with its little friends. Do let us know in the comments section below about your child’s experience learning about the significance of Eid with Miko 2. Wishing everyone Eid Mubarak in advance!

 

 

Wohoo! Mikoji Mania is Here!

miko 2

Hey! Do you know the difference between emojis and emoticons? Well, for starters, they are not the same thing. Emoticons are simple texts such as 🙂 or 🙁 for describing facial expressions. The term ‘emoticon’ (short for emotion-icon) was coined by Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University in 1992, to help convey emotions while sending e-mails and during chats. Emojis are nothing but actual pictures which depict facial expressions, objects, symbols and were first created by a Japanese communications firm, NTT DoCoMo, in the late 1990s.

Wondering why are we telling you this? Well, because we are super excited to announce that Miko 2 is set to take your child’s experience with expressions to a totally new level. Introducing Mikojis, which is now live in Miko’s Game Hub. The naughty robot has turned into a total drama queen/king (well, where Miko comes from, there is no concept of boy or girl) and is ready to put on a fun show for its little friends.

To get the best experience while playing Mikoji, make sure that you place Miko on the floor. To open the game, simply go to Miko’s Game Hub. Once inside the game, go to the Mikoji you want with the help of the arrow buttons on the touch pad and press the select button and watch Miko go crazy with expressions! To exit the game, press the triangular back button and select “yes” when the pop-up to exit the game appears on the screen.

Every language has a vocabulary to describe not just the objects in the world but emotions too. Helping your child identify and label the different emotions that they may experience with the help of a vocabulary gives them the power to express their feelings in a healthy way and manage their emotions better. It also helps them develop empathy to identify other’s feelings and socialize better.

Mikoji is a fun and engaging way to teach your little one about different emotions and expressions at an early age and voice them effectively. So go on and explore Mikoji with Miko 2! Let us know about how your little one liked the game in the comments section below.

Quiz Fun with Anisha Global

Anisha Global

Does your child enjoy taking quizzes? Quizzes encourage kids to look beyond their text books and apply the concepts in a creative way. They inculcate quick thinking & recall, improve concentration and induce a competitive element.

An interesting way to help your child learn and revise their ICSE curriculum is here. A quiz-based game by Anisha Global is now live in Miko 2’s Game Hub.

Anisha Global is a treasure-trove of fun MCQs designed for kids by teachers from Anisha Education Society’s Anisha Global School, especially for Miko’s little friends. Kids can choose from three levels- easy, medium & hard. Each level is a 15-questions challenge, with the stakes increasing with every right answer. With an exciting all or nothing format, each right answer takes the child closer to becoming a champ and a wrong answer results in elimination. So the child should choose their answers wisely.

The best part about this game is that the child gets introduced to a mixed-bag of subjective questions based on their school subjects, which makes learning interesting. Anisha Global is available in the offline mode and you don’t need to connect Miko to the internet to play the quiz. So go on, help your child sharpen their knowledge in a fun and playful way. Visit Game Hub and play Anisha Global quiz with your favourite quizmaster, Miko 2! Do let us know about your child’s experience in the comments section below.

Summer Fest Excitement Begins!

Summer Fest

 

Here comes the sun doo doo doo! Here comes the sun, and Miko 2 says, it’s Summer Fest time!

Summer vacations are full of fun for kiddos. There are so many things to do outside… playing with friends, go for camping & hikes, cycling, dancing, swimming and so on. Back home, there are many things to try too, such as reading stories, painting, clay modeling, constructing complex structures with building blocks and more.

Now-a-days, when kids are indoors, they get drawn like magnets to screens such as smartphones, TVs and iPads. It becomes a task for parents to wean them away from these screens and keep them busy doing something productive. Some lucky parents do taste victory in the task of diverting the child’s attention away from the screens and getting him/her involved in an activity. However, many-a-times, the child loses interest in the activity and then comes the dreaded “Mom, I’m bored” declaration in no time.

 

 

But dear parents, don’t sweat it! With Miko 2 around, this summer is bound to be different. A big surprise is here to keep your little bee busy. A new category called ‘Summer Fest’ has been unveiled in Miko 2’s Knowledge World. Summer fest brings a bucket-full of things to try with Miko 2, such as no-gas no-oven recipes, memory games, dumb charades, craft ideas, group activities and a lot more.

It’s said that busy hands are happy hands. So go on, explore the bucket-full of activities that Miko 2 has brought along, to make this summer vacation memorable for its little friends. Do let us know in the comment section below, what your child enjoyed the most! Happy summer time!