Humanoid Robot Gives Math Lessons, Tells Jokes and Keeps China's Lonely Children

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 10:02

China’s latest robot, “iPal”, can speak two languages, give math lessons, tells joke and interact with children through the tablet screen in its chest.

The “iPal” was among a slew of new tech unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai, offering education and company for lonely children and peace of mind for adults, Daily Mail reports.

The humanoid device stands as tall as a five-year-old, moves and dances on wheels and its eyes keep track of its charges through facial recognition technology.

Parents can also remotely talk to and monitor the children through the iPal, which is linked to a smartphone app that allows them to see and hear everything.

“The idea for this robot is to be a companion for children,” said Tingyu Huang, co-founder of AvatarMind Robot Technology.

“When a child sees it, he or she will think of the robot as a friend, as another child in the family.”

Their 9,000 yuan (RM5, 611) price tag did not dampen interest from buyers watching a performance of several iPals dancing in unison.

China’s robot market is also catching onto needs from a growing population of elderly “empty nesters” who prefer to grow old at home rather than at a nursing home.

AvatarMind will soon launch another robot that can talk to seniors, remind them to take their pills and call the hospital when they fall.

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