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!

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 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 London Bridge

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?

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.

 

miko 2

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.

 

 

Play Aap Banengay Crorepati with Miko 2!

Miko Robot

 

An unusual quizmaster is here! Guess who is this? Here are your four options. Choose the right answer:

A. Meeko 2, a companion robot for kids

B. Miku 2, a robot assistant for kids

C. Myko 2, a social robot buddy for kids

D. Miko 2, a personal robot for kids

 

Which option did you choose? The answer is…option D. The quizmaster in question is none other than your own Miko 2, who is here with the riveting quiz-based game- Aap Banengay Crorepati! Well this question was a cakewalk but Miko 2’s Aap Banengay Crorepati game won’t be that easy and be ready to be challenged with some brain-whacking questions!

 

How to play Aap Banengay Crorepati with Miko 2

 

The best thing about the game is that it works even in the offline mode and you don’t need to connect the robot to an internet connection to play.

To go to the Aap Banengay Crorepati, go to Gamehub in Miko 2’s inbuilt menu, scroll to the Aap Banengay Crorepati tab and tap on select to open the game.

 

miko game

 

The quiz has three difficulty levels- Easy, Medium and Hard, each consisting of 15 questions. Select the level you would like to play with the help of the right scroll button and tap on select to enter the level.

 

miko question

miko answer

 

The questions will appear on Miko’s face followed by four answer options. Scroll to your option and tap on select to freeze your answer.

 

miko price

 

With each correct answer, the player will face a more difficult question and higher stakes, with the final question being worth 1 Crore. Remember! A wrong answer will end the game!

 

miko answer

 

If you wish to exit from the game at any point, simply tap on the back button.  Select ‘Yes’ with the left scroll button when a pop-up to confirm exit appears on the screen.

So go on and play Aap Banengay Crorepati with your host, Miko 2, who is no less than a celebrity and put-on a personal game show for your family! Whom do you think will win in your family? Do let us know about your game experience in the comments section below.

Happy Quizzing!

How to use Face Recognition?

Hi there! Hope you are enjoying our ‘How to’ series on the amazing Miko 2. This blog will tell you all about Miko 2’s Face Recognition feature.  This feature enables Miko 2 to detect, identify and remember the user’s face.

How do I train Miko 2 to recognize my face?

Just follow the following steps to enable Face Recognition:

Power Miko 2 on > Press Enter to open the Menu on Miko 2’s display screen > Toggle to Settings > Enter the tab User Profile> Enter the tab Face Training.

This activates the on-board HD camera and you will see your image on the display with the message “Remember Face?” below it. Capture your child’s image as the User Profile will be that of the child. Select OK if you are satisfied with the picture or No to retry and capture a better picture. On selecting OK, you see the message “Learning Face” on the display, followed by the message “Training Successful”. That completes Miko 2’s Face Training.

Let us see how Face Recognition works!

When you wake Miko 2 up, it starts searching for the face saved in the User Profile and turns around to search the user. Once it recognizes your face, it stops rotating and greets you. Stay tuned for more updates on Miko 2’s Face Recognition feature! Happy Miko 2 time!

 

Why Does Miko 2 Get Updates?

Hi there! Welcome back to the tutorial series for Miko 2, the most advanced personal robot for kids. This blog will tell you all about updates that Miko 2 receives from time to time.

Miko 2’s makers work round the clock to ensure that the robot keeps getting better every day so that your child has a great experience interacting with the little genius.

Miko 2 Update

Updates are indicated by a notification on Miko 2’s display screen. The update process starts once you press the Circular Button on the Touch Pad to select OK.

 

It is very important for the robot to update and you will be able to use the robot again only after the process completes.

 

All you need to do is keep the robot on charging, ensure that it is connected to the internet and sit back and relax till the robot updates automatically.

Trouble updating? Here are some tips for you…

 

If the internet connection gets interrupted during the update, the process pauses till the connection gets restored. The process resumes automatically once the Wi-Fi signal returns.

If the problem still persists, you can restart the robot. The notification to update the firmware pops-up on the screen again on rebooting the robot. Click on OK to start the process as explained above and wait till Miko 2 receives some fresh new food for thought. To get help to troubleshoot problems during the updating process, mail us at support@miko.ai and we will get back to you at the earliest.

Miko 2 Robot

Once Miko 2’s Roboware is updated, it will be all ready to get back in action with new & awesome stuff ready for you to explore.

Happy Miko 2 time!

 

How to TeleConnect

Hi there! Welcome to the series of tutorials on some of the biggest features of Miko 2. Hoping that you are up-to-date on how to set-up the robot and how to use Miko 2! Just in case you missed it, do visit our previous articles before we tell you about how the TeleConnect feature works.

Miko 2 helps you stay connected with your little one, anytime & anywhere through the path breaking TeleConnect feature. You can now make video calls from your smartphone to your child’s Miko 2 free of cost. Not only that, you can also control your Miko 2 remotely and navigate around your home during the video call. Isn’t that cool?!

 

What will you as a parent need?

  • Miko 2 app for parents installed on your smartphone.
  • Miko 2 robot configured using your registered mobile number.
  • Miko 2 robot powered on with the home screen i.e. Miko 2’s face is visible.
  • A steady internet connection with minimum 2 MBPS speed on both sides

 How to make a call?

Click on to the TeleConnect option in the Miko 2 app. You will see the following screen on the phone.

 

Once the call is connected, you will be able to see Miko 2 live streaming the video call on your screen through its onboard HD camera.

You will also be able to see your phone’s front camera stream in a small window on the right bottom of your screen. If you want to switch to the phone’s rear camera, click on the camera toggle button in the app. You will now be able to see the phone’s back camera streaming your video. You can mute the video or audio any time during the call.  To end a call, press on the end call button in the app.

How to receive calls

When a call is incoming on Miko 2, you will see the following screen on the robot’s display screen.

 

 

To receive a call, tap on the Centre/Round Button or the Left Arrow Button on the Touch Panel. To reject a call or end an ongoing call, tap on the Back/Triangular Button on the Touch Panel.

How to navigate Miko 2 in TeleConnect?

The TeleConnect screen has a navigation panel to navigate Miko 2 around while you are on the call. The front arrow will take Miko 2 20 cms ahead at a time. The right and left arrows help Miko 2 turn 20 degrees on either side at a time, enabling Miko 2 to take turns. The Stop button gives Miko 2 a command to stop. You can hide the navigation buttons if you want by clicking on the hide navigation button on the screen.

Miko 2’s edge and obstacle detection will be on while navigating and it may refuse to move forward if it senses a danger. Please note that there are no motion sensors on the rear side of Miko 2. So do be careful to keep Miko 2 safe while navigating! If Miko 2 is on charging mode, navigation is disabled as Miko 2 won’t be able to move because of the charging cable attached on its back.

For Miko 2 to receive navigation commands efficiently, the internet connection should be strong. A lag in receiving commands indicates a weak connection. Miko 2 takes just one navigation command at a time and takes the next command only on the completion of the earlier command. Perfect navigation takes some practice and patience! So don’t worry if you are not able to master it at the first go.

Please ensure you have the latest Miko 2 App v1.0.9 on Playstore or above installed on your Android phone or v1.7 on App Store or above installed on your Apple phone to use the navigation capabilities of TeleConnect

Some troubleshooters

  • Why is my call not getting connected?

Please check your internet speed at both the caller’s as well as the receiver’s end. For the TeleConnect feature to work seamlessly, a minimum 2 MBps or 2048 kbps speed is recommended at both the caller and receiver’s end. To check your internet speed, visit any internet speed checking website online. Try connecting again once you get a good and stable speed.

The feature may face issues while connecting if the Miko 2 app’s data storage on the phone is full. Visit your phone’s Settings> go to App Manager > go to Miko 2 app > click on Storage > Click on Clear Data. You can now go back to the app and press on the TeleConnect button.

Last but not the least, TeleConnect works only when the robot is powered on and the robot’s home screen i.e. Miko 2’s face is visible. If the robot is in the sleep mode or if any app screen such as Knowledge World is on, the caller will not be able to connect with the robot.

  • How many numbers can I TeleConnect from?

TeleConnect is linked to only one phone number at a time. The robot should be configured with this number before calling. If another user wants to use their number to TeleConnect, the robot should be unlinked from the first user’s app by visiting the parental dashboard, clicking on the drop-down menu and clicking on the Unlink option. Miko 2 is now available for the other user.

  • Why do I hear echoes during a call?

If the smartphone from which the call is being made and the robot are in the same room during a call, you will hear an echo since the voice is going from the robot to the phone and vice versa. Move either the smartphone or the robot to another room for a seamless call experience.

  • Can Miko 2 make calls to the smartphone?

No. Miko 2 cannot make calls and can only receive calls.

  • Do Miko 2’s other features work when TeleConnect is on?

No. Miko 2’s features such as the Hello Miko trigger, Knowledge World and others will not work when a video call is in progress.

Mail us at support@miko.ai call us on +91-8655033245 for more queries, help or suggestions about TeleConnect. Have fun connecting with your little one with this revolutionary feature. Happy TeleConnecting!