Korean robot reads, sings and teaches toddlers

Last Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 18:28

Washington: South Korean telecom giant KT Corp has designed a robot that reads, sings, and teaches multi-languages to toddlers.

If left alone, it starts moving around the house looking for the kids and bugs them to play, reports ABC News.

The Kibot is designed to be part tutor and part babysitter for South Korea’s hard working parents who are intent on making sure their children grow up bilingual in a country where English has become a must for admission at prominent private schools.

The new intelligent robot for toddlers is worth the hefty price of 450 dollars.

Kibot’s big breakthrough is that the robot is a wired communicating device, connected through wi-fi at home at all times.

It could be controlled from a smartphone by calling in.

Its face-to-face videophone function is designed to make it easy enough for toddlers to operate.

Kids can also video call their mother by simply tapping a “mommy” card on Kibot’s nose. The cards include data filled with words, books, and songs.

They are equipped with intelligent barcodes, which makes it possible for the robot to instantly recognize the message and take action.

“We’ve adapted this RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology normally used in high-tech systemized warehouses to simple cards so that the user won’t have to press multiple complicated buttons to operate,” said Kyung-Ho Kim, assistant manager at Korea Telecom’s Service of International Protocol division.


First Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 18:26

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