|Robots can now also be part of the educational system, as a team at Cornell University shared that they are currently working on building “warmer, homier” robots to help kids better interact with them / Photo by: dolgachov via 123RF|
Robots can now also be part of the educational system, as a team at Cornell University shared that they are currently working on building “warmer, homier” robots to help kids better interact with them. These robots are also going to be programmed to be social robots, and will also be built so that they will be customizable by the child.
In a report by the Business Standard, the Cornell team said they wanted to build a robot that is both social and will help students learn math. These robots, which will be called “Blossom” are “simple, expressive, and inexpensive.” Some of the materials that the team is thinking of using are also buildable, which means it’s like a tiny IKEA. This makes the design more accepting and open to a variety of other materials that kids might then use to further customize it.
As Guy Hoffman told the Business Standard, Cornell University’s goal was to empower people and get them into the feel of building their own robots. With the addition of the customizable feature, they are also encouraging people to build robots without feeling like they’re just static, undynamic pieces of tech.
Blossom will also be equipped with a sort of floating head that will be helped move along with strings and cables for mobility, so that the movements don't seem as stiff and, well, robotic.
Because it also comes in a buildable kit, it can also help children develop an interest in robotics when they grow up, since they are empowered and will feel like they can do these things alone.
The fact that they wanted to pitch a social robot is so that it can also integrate well into the family, no matter how technically different it is.
"Also, it's nice to have every robot be a little bit different. If you knit your robot, every family would have their own robot that would be unique to them," said Hoffman.