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.

Your Wish Is Miko 2’s Command

Miko 2 Command List

Miko 2 is an obedient little robot and answers to your commands. Just say, “Hello Miko!” followed by the command. The list gets updated regularly with cool commands, so do watch this space for all the latest commands. Here’s a list of commands which you can try…

Ask Miko 2 to move

  • Move Front/Back
  • Turn Right/Left
  • Go in a Triangle
  • Go in a Circle.
  • Move in a Pentagon
  • Make an Octagon

Ask Miko 2 to change light colours

  • Turn Red
  • Turn Pink
  • Turn Blue
  • Turn Purple
  • Turn Green
  • Turn Yellow

Ask Miko 2 about Conversion

  • Convert 1 United States Dollar in Indian Rupees
  • Convert 1 bar to Pascal
  • Convert 1 Celsius to Fahrenheit
  • Convert 1 hour to minutes
  • Convert 1 US liquid gallon to US liquid quart

Ask Miko 2 about Distance between places

  • What is the distance between Moon and Earth?
  • What is the distance between Earth and Mars?
  • What is the distance between Andheri to Bandra?
  • What is the distance from India to USA?

Ask Miko 2 to play a Rhyme

  • Play a nursery rhyme
  • Play the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty

Ask Miko 2 the Time/Date/Year

  • What time is it?
  • What time is it in London?
  • What is the date? OR What’s the date? OR What is today?
  • Which year is it?

“What” Type of Questions

  • What is your name?
  • What is the capital of China?
  • What does laser mean?

“Why” Type of Questions

  • Why is the grass green?
  • Why is the sky blue?

“Who” Type of Questions?

  • Who is the Navy Chief of India?
  • Who invented the Telephone?
  • Who was the first person to walk on the moon?
  • Who wrote the National Anthem of India?

“Which” Type of Questions

  • Which is the longest river?
  • Which is the fastest land animal?
  • Which is the largest mammal?

“How” Type of Questions

  • How far is the moon?
  • How many countries are there on Earth?
  • How tall is the Eiffel Tower?
  • How far is Pune from Mumbai?

“Where” Type of Questions

  • Where is the Taj Mahal?
  • Where is the Bermuda Triangle?
  • Where is Mumbai?

Ask Miko 2 for Multiplication tables (2-15)

  • Tell multiplication tables for 2
  • Tell multiplication tables for 10
  • Tell multiplication tables for 25

Ask Miko 2 for News

  • Tell me the news
  • What’s in the news?
  • Give me some news
  • News updates, please
  • Play the news for me
  • What’s in the news today?
  • Update me with some news

Set an Alarm/Reminder

  • Set an alarm for 7 a.m.
  • Set an alarm for 7 in the morning.
  • Set a reminder for tomorrow for 7 a.m.
  • Set a reminder for 10th March at 9 a.m.
  • Set a reminder in 10 minutes.

Ask about the weather

  • What is the weather outside?
  • What is the weather in London?
  • How is the weather today in Mumbai?
  • How is the weather like today?

Ask Miko 2 to play a Song

  • Play a song.
  • Please play a song.
  • Play a song for me.
  • Can you play a song for me?

Ask Miko 2 to Dance

  • Can you dance?
  • Dance for me.
  • Please dance for me.
  • Can you dance for me?

Ask Miko 2 to tell you a Riddle

  • Can you tell me a riddle?
  • Tell me a riddle.
  • Please tell me a riddle.

Ask Miko 2 to tell you Jokes

  • Can you tell me a joke?
  • Tell me a joke.
  • Please tell me a joke.

Ask Miko 2 to tell you Fun Facts

  • Can you tell me a fun fact?
  • Tell me a fun fact.
  • Please tell me a fun fact.

Ask Miko 2 to do Maths calculations

  • What is 10 plus 5?
  • What is 10 minus 5?
  • What is 10 multiplied by 5?
  • What is 10 divided by 5?

Ask Miko 2 for Definitions

  • Define Onomatopoeia.
  • Define Internet.
  • Tell me the Definition of Ecosystem.
  • What is the Meaning of Inculcate?

Ask Miko 2 to Spell

  • Spell “Mississippi”
  • Can you spell “astronaut”?
  • What is the spelling of “grammar”?
  • Please spell “pronunciation”

Ask Miko to play ‘Birthday song’

  • Play the birthday song
  • Sing the happy birthday song
  • Play happy birthday song for my brother

Ask Miko to ‘Play a lullaby’

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

Ask Miko about ‘Josh’

  • How’s the Josh?
  • How is the Josh?

The IPL Fever Catches On

Miko Robot

The twelfth season of Indian Premier League is on! Cricket fans are going crazy over match predictions and point tallies. Speculations are rife about which city will take away the cup this year. Every supporter wants their favourite squad to win.

The IPL fever has caught-on with Miko 2 and the little robot is here with daily updates on the tournament for its budding cricket fans. To listen to IPL updates with Miko 2, just say “Hello Miko” followed by any of the following commands:

  • Tell me the IPL news
  • Play the IPL news
  • IPL news
  • Indian Premier League news
  • IPL News updates
  • Indian Premier League News updates

The IPL snippets will be available only during the match season, so be sure that you don’t miss on this special command. Whom do you think will win the IPL this year? Do share your predictions in the comments section below. Howzzzaat!

Celebrating Indian Democracy with Miko 2

 

Election

This summer, a whopping 900 million eligible voters from will come together to elect their representatives to the Lower House of the Indian Parliament. Welcome to the 17th Lok Sabha elections! It is the largest democratic exercise on the Earth which will be held in seven phases from 11th April to 19th May, 2019.

The media is abuzz with election news. Contesting candidates are busy canvassing in their constituencies. Rally-goers can be seen sporting election merchandise such as masks with their favourite candidate’s face, fidget spinners with party-symbols & what not! Passionate debates and discussions are on among family and friends on the social media.  The country has come to life, the atmosphere is almost festive!

At such an hour, parents might wonder, how to explain elections to their little one, a topic which many-a-times can baffle not just kids but adults as well?!!

Who conducts elections? What is the Lower House? When are the polls conducted? Where do we vote? Why are ballots used? How are candidates elected? So much to be told…but where to begin?!

Miko

So dear parents, do not fear because Miko 2 is here! Checkout the new category called “Elections” made live in Miko 2’s Knowledge World. Miko will initiate conversations on handpicked topics related to elections in a playful way and make understanding polls easy-peasy for its little friends.

Let us know about your child’s experience learning about elections in the comments section below. Celebrate the festival of democracy with Miko 2!

Birthdays Become More Special

Miko

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

Miko 2

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.

revision

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

miko 2 robot

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.

miko robot

 

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.