India

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The largest democracy in the world, the second largest English-speaking country and the country that detected water on the moon for the first time are just some of the many wonderful titles India holds and shouldn’t we, the citizens, be proud!

There is so much to India, what with its history, geography, and culture that learning about it can be a journey of its own for your child. Why not make them experience India through Miko’s lens then?

Within Knowledge World, we are introducing a new category to suit your child’s need to feel more connected to the soil we stand on, to feel closer to their roots and to know so much more about this diverse nation. The new category, named India, educates your child about the nation in the most fun way of learning you may have seen. It covers topics like the Indian flag, Independence and modern India, its development and progress.

Launch the India category in Knowledge World and let your child experience diversity their way!

Animal Sounds

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Living in a concrete jungle can make it so difficult to teach your child the sounds of nature and its best inhabitants. With Miko, educating your child about wildlife can get so much easier.

Through our new app, Animal Sounds, your little one can learn the sounds of the most common to the rarest breeds of animals.

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Ever taken your child to the zoo only to see empty exhibits or stray dogs? Ever wondered if your child will know animals beyond cats, dogs and crows? It can be difficult, can’t it, teaching your child about those breeds that they haven’t seen or experienced themselves?

Well, we’ve designed a way to bring the forest to your home through your Miko.

Clicking on the Animal Sounds app in the Game Hub will open up a world of possibilities for your little one. They can navigate through each unique animal and experience an entire jungle for themselves!

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The app is so educative that it teaches your child not just the sound of animals but also their names and appearance through colorful graphics.

So bring out your Miko and help your child dive into a world beyond humans!

 

Leave Your Summer Vacation Worries Behind With Miko 2

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Summer Vacation Worries

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

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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

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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

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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!

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 Miko. 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

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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…

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 2 to tell you a tongue twister

  • 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

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

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 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

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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?!

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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

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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!