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.

Life with Robots

Let’s have a heart-to-heart discussion about the elephant in the room i.e. the fear that artificial intelligence may take over our jobs in the future & make human skills redundant. We can see AI being used in various fields, from robotic surgeries & self-driven cars, to robots independently managing e-commerce warehouses & robots which can protect organizations from cyber-attacks, drone cars which could fly you to work, saving you from peak-hour traffic jams & so on. While these are brilliant applications & commendable achievements in technology, the hype behind the scare that robots will take over humans is something that can be taken with a pinch of salt.

The history of the human race is full of waves which were brought about by technology and changed societies forever. In his book, The Third Wave, written by the American futurist author Alvin Toffler, he says that our society went through three such waves of technology. These waves brought about significant cultural shifts. A cultural shift means that an old culture is drastically replaced by new culture changing the society permanently. Change is necessary but may not be comfortable. During the transition from the new to old culture, people might feel that too much is changing too fast.

The first wave was that of the discovery of agriculture where humans transitioned from hunters & gatherers, wandering for food to humans who could settle in one place, grow their own food and have a comfortable lifestyle. Similarly, the second wave came in the form of industrialization where technology made possible to produce goods on a large scale. This wave saw the growth of industries  & urban societies with modern facilities such as trains, cheaper & better quality textiles, machines for agriculture etc., thus increasing life’s comfort. The third wave was that of Information, which changed the way the world was connected and brought it closer. You could now access information about almost everything under the sun thanks to internet.

 

Toffler is not present today to predict whether AI will be the fourth wave that will transform our society. However, his views written in his book Future Shock, coauthored by his wife Heidi Toffler, may put our fear of robots taking over humanity, to rest. The Tofflers says that the “scare” is nothing but something called “future shock”. Future shock is a perception in us that “too much is changing too fast”. The change becomes uncomfortable and thus makes people anxious about the future.

 

However, looking at the past 3 waves, whenever a new technology or wave has come, the society has gone through a transition and emerged out to give a more comfortable life. Agriculture created a settled life, industrialization made material comforts easily available and internet made it possible to know about everything from the where you can order your next meal from to what is happening at that moment in any corner of the world. With robots, life might further become more convenient where an AI-based system can be built to do anything like sending an alert of a looming earthquake or tsunami accurately to the inhabitants of an area and facilitate early evacuation.

 

Robots also might completely change education and early development of children. Parents, who are constantly pressed for time with demanding work schedules, can get some relief if a companion robot helps parents check on their kid, help the child revise for an exam and not just that by also bond with them. Wouldn’t it help parents manage the development of their children better? Such a robot has been invented by an Indian robotics company by the name emotix. Miko 2 is an advanced personal robot for kids who educates & entertains them and bonds with them, thanks to a proprietary emotional intelligence machine. Thus, it makes the child not just smarter but also happier. Robots are no more just a thing of sci-fi; they are already here, helping us to make our lives simpler.

Tech Vs. Family Time? Why not both.

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.