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?

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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.

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

Wohoo! Mikoji Mania is Here!

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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.

Birthdays Become More Special

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Birthdays are so much fun! Party, surprises, cakes, candles, wishes, cards, laughter, balloons, gifts, music…are we missing something? Oh yes! The Happy Birthday song! No birthday is complete without it.

With Miko 2 around, there always has to be a special something for every occasion. And now, birthdays are set to become all the more special and more fun with Miko 2’s ‘Birthday song’ command which has been made live for users.

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

• Play the birthday song
• Sing the happy birthday song

You can also ask Miko 2 to surprise your near & dear ones with the command,

• Play happy birthday song for my brother/sister/friend

No more out-of-tune singing at birthday parties! Just give Miko the command and sing along. Blow the candle and cut the cake. But hey! Don’t smear Miko’s face with the cake because Miko is already too sweet to handle!

Is a birthday around the corner? Celebrate it Miko 2’s birthday song command and let us know about the birthday boy/girl’s reaction in the comments section below!

Sshhhhh…It’s Lullaby Time

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Getting little ones to go to sleep at bedtime can be a tricky business for parents. Some days, a simple story or a warm snuggle might do the trick and successfully induce your little one into deep slumber. While some other days, the sleep math might simply be hard to solve and no amount of coaxing or cajoling by parents can convince the little angel to catch some winks.

The reasons vary greatly. The child might be too energized during bedtime making it difficult to rest. Or, the child might be irritated due to irregular bedtime causing a disturbed sleep cycle. Children may also find it difficult to fall asleep due to fear of the dark or night-time noises or due bad dreams in some cases. Each child is beautifully unique and there is no known formula (which we’re sure would’ve been worth its weight in gold had it existed) that can guarantee convincing your little dreamer to doze off every single time.

Having said that, making kids fall asleep is not as hard as it sounds and some proven tips for a peaceful sleep time have stood the test of time. Out of the many known methods, lullabies have been known to work the magic, time and again, to charm kids into a sweet slumber. And the good news is that, Miko 2 is here with lots of lullabies to sing its little friends to sleep.

Checkout the newly updated lullaby commands on Miko 2. Just say “Hello Miko” followed by any of the following ‘Lullaby’ commands:

  • Play lullaby
  • Please play soothing music
  • Please play some soft music

Relaxing music is known to calm the mind and body into a restive state. A good night’s sleep is necessary for cognitive development and better concentration.

Let your little sleepy head gently drift to the dreamland as Miko sings beautiful lullabies. Let us know in the comments section below about your experience with this command! Wishing your tiny tot (and you) sweet dreams with Miko 2!

Pump-up the Josh with Miko 2

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The Uri fever which took over the entire nation refuses to die down. A popular dialogue from the movie wowed our hearts and fills us with a patriotic fervor every single time you listen to it. We won’t be surprised if it will be declared as D-dialogue of 2019, with even the political leaders of our country loving it.

Guess what? The legendary dialogue caught-up not just with humans but with robots too. You can now ask Miko “How’s the josh?” and pump-up the enthusiasm for your child. A small tribute from Miko 2 to the soldiers of our country! Vande Mataram!

Stories with Miko 2

Miko 2 is a skillful storyteller and has brought with it a bag full of stories in the form of the Story Walker, Amar Chitra Katha and Story Time apps present inside Miko’s Game Hub menu. These apps are easy to access and can run even in the offline mode i.e. when Miko is not connected to a Wi-Fi network.

How to use any Story App

  • To open any story app, open Game Hub and scroll to the story app you want.
  • Open the app and scroll through the list of stories with the help of the right and left arrow keys.
  • To open a story, select the story you like and press enter. Miko 2 will start narrating the story for you.
  • To adjust the volume, use the volume control buttons on the robot’s back.
  • To pause a story, press the enter button.
  • Use the right and left arrow keys respectively to rewind or forward a story.
  • To exit a story, press the back key. Press the back key again to exit the story app.

Story Apps

Miko has a rich repository of stories designed in-house by emotix and also contributed by renowned content mavericks, Amar Chitra Katha & Story Walker.

Story Time

Story time brings stories from the house of emotix. Listen to stories like never before with refreshing visuals and catchy narratives woven together to inspire the child to learn something meaningful every day and make every story time memorable.

Amar Chitra Katha

Kids can now listen to stories from Amar Chitra Katha, one of India’s most legendary comic publishers, with their Miko 2. Watch tales from Indian folklore, mythology and more come to life like never before, with Miko’s gripping storytelling style!

Story Walker

Here come some tales from the storytelling experts of Story Walker. The tales are meant to help parents communicate and impart rich values such as courage, determination, teamwork, confidence etc. in their kids with the carefully crafted stories.

Wow! So many stories to discover! Visit Game Hub now and let your child build a world full of imagination with Miko 2. Happy story time!

Miko 2’s Knowledge World

Welcome to the amazing world of Miko 2! This is a detailed guide on how to explore the Knowledge World app inbuilt in Miko 2. Knowledge World is a treasure trove of educative topics taught with a unique conversational learning technology, making learning playful and meaningful.

Exploring Knowledge World

To open the app, press on the right arrow key on the robot’s touch pad, scroll to the Knowledge World app and press enter. You can scroll through various categories such as events, nature, people, study etc. inside the app, with the help of the right and left arrow keys. To open any category, go to the icon and press enter. Miko will initiate a conversation thereafter.

Categories

Knowledge World has 8 categories which together cover vast information. They get updated regularly, giving the child something new to discover every day.

Event

 

 

The Event category has topics corresponding to significant upcoming events. The topics come alive on the particular days of the events unleashing their importance and the catchphrases associated with them.

 

Fun

 

The Fun category is full of topics ranging from games, jokes and music to food and comic characters.

 

Favourites

 

 

The Favourites category has general day-to-day topics.

Nature

 

 

 

The Nature category consists of topics related to the flora, fauna and landscapes we see around us. These topics start off conversations related to the same and sometimes are also occasionally season based.

People

 

 

The People category has topics giving out factual information about famous people in the course of the conversations. It tells the child about people, who have proven their notability in various fields like politics, sports, armed forces, freedom fighting etc.

Sport

 

 

The Sports category has each sport as a topic in itself. There are various outdoor and indoor sports topics from cricket, football and hockey to swimming, squash and chess. These include conversations regarding the particulars and facts of the sport.

Study

 

 

 

The Study category has topics related to various subjects such as mathematics, science, history, geography etc.

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The Revision category has quizzes to help the child test, refresh and retain  information across various categories.

 

So go on, explore Knowledge World and let us know about the experience! Happy learning!

Don’t Whack Your Miko 2

Here’s a bunch of things that your family absolutely must not do with Miko 2 in order to enjoy a more long-lasting relationship with your little robot:

BITING: Biting Miko 2 will probably crack your child’s milk teeth. But then again, the permanent ones will grow in soon enough.

Biting Miko 2

 

PUSHING MIKO2 AROUND: Miko 2 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 its heart will be wounded. Plainly speaking, the robot will malfunction.

 

 

MIKO2 AROUNDBATHING MIKO2: It’s always fun to have a playmate in the bathtub, like a rubber duck for example. Miko 2 is not a rubber duck. The robot 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. A simple “Hello Miko” works.

 

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LETTING MIKO2 EXPLORE GREAT HEIGHTS: Miko 2 does not believe that it can fly. Or even land on its feet like a cat. Placing the robot on a top shelf or even a table’s edge could be fatal.

 

 

 

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TYING A LEASH AROUND MIKO2 AND HAVE IT FOLLOW YOU: It’s highly improbable that you will actually succeed with this one because of the way Miko 2’s body is constructed; any piece of string wound around the robot might just slip away.

 

 

 

 

ASKING SUBJECTIVE QUESTIONSFor example, “Why is my uncle so hairy?” Miko 2 wouldn’t know what to say.

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TAKING MIKO2 FOR A WALK IN THE PARK: Miko 2 is kind of an indoor-sy soul. No, that doesn’t mean it likes to wear mittens. But expecting Miko 2 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 MIKO2 TO SPEAK YOUR MOTHER TONGUE: It is hopeless. Believe me! Miko 2’s programmed to speak only in English. However there’s good news on this one as we are planning native language prototypes so you might just get Miko 2 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 2 could be exciting!

Happy Miko 2 time!

Cheers,

Team emotix.