Sophia the Robot Has a Cute Little Sister That Teaches Kids to

first_imgStay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Hanson Robotics, the company that created Sophia, the humanoid bot that made headlines last year, is debuting a new 14-inch AI companion: Meet Little Sophia, a tiny robot that teaches children how to code.On Wednesday, Hanson Robotics introduced Little Sophia in a press release and a Kickstarter campaign. Little Sophia, a tutorial companion that educates kids about AI, coding, and STEM, is similar to her big sister, Sophia: She has a playful personality, participates in conversations, and recognizes faces. With Little Sophia, the company aims to help children learn more about science in fun, safe, and interactive environment.Designed for elementary and middle school students, Little Sophia is the ultimate smart tutor: Through storytelling, the bot helps kids learn new STEM topics and coding. Children can program Little Sophia with Blockly and Python, and access lessons on computer vision and deep learning. Plus, the bot can interface with Raspberry Pi, which can help kids understand the mechanisms of robotics.Photo Credit: Little Sophia/KickstarterEngaging with Little Sophia is easy: First, parents can download the Little Sophia app from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store to an Android, iPhone, or iPad and connect to a Wi-Fi network. Then, they can turn on Little Sophia, open the app on their smartphone or tablet, and wait for Little Sophia to connect via Bluetooth. Once Little Sophia is connected, kids can access different lessons, including an academy for coding and an AI block game. There’s even an AI feature that allows children to take selfies with her.“We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Little Sophia Kickstarter campaign to the public, and to provide an opportunity to empower young girls around the world by introducing STEM, coding, and AI in a fun and adventurous way,” Jeanne Lim, CEO of Hanson Robotics Limited, said in the press release. “Little Sophia delivers a high-quality, entertaining and educational experience that motivates and inspires young students to spend time learning with her.”More on Geek.com:Jimmy Fallon, Sophia the Robot Made Oddly Beautiful Music TogetherThese Ocean Robots Spent a Year Collecting Data Under Antarctic IceAmazon Launches Scout Delivery Robots in Washingtonlast_img

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