Robots will rule the world, as the old sci-fi adage goes. Whether or not that’s true (and it seems increasingly likely), robotics is a field that is definitely infiltrating practically every major industry–including education. Now, it’s easy for children to not only learn from robots, but to build robots of their own. Coming generations will not be able to fathom a world without robotics and other disruptive technologies, and these ten companies are preparing new generations for their tech-heavy future.
Even very young children can begin to learn the ins and outs of robotic technology through simple toys that teach them the fundamentals through play. And, of course, play is among the world’s best teachers.
Robot toys have definitely come a long, long way.
Check out the top ten robotics companies in the education industry!
Revolve Robotics is offering an entirely new dimension to telepresence. Revolve Robotics’ Kubi immerses users by allowing them to see and hear as if they were actually present. Users can rotate the tablet that serves as their telepresent “self” to take in the sights at their own pace. Kubi is designed to enhance learning and communication experiences of all involved.
RoboTerra increases immersion in learning and education by combining cutting-edge robotics with gamification to increase the happiness and engagement of pupils. RoboTerra hopes to increase creativity and innovation on a global scale so that the youths moving into adulthood have a better understanding of and ability to excel in our ever-evolving technology landscape.
Modular Robotics is providing simple robots in the form of magnetic building blocks that young children can play with to gain an early understanding of robotics. Modular Robotics’ MOSS can move and function in a variety of ways without any programming. The blocks are connected via magnetic discs and move through the use of logic and actuator blocks. MOSS even has sensor blocks to increase the functionality of the devices.
Primo Toys is helping young children develop an understanding of computer programming by playing with their toys. Primo recently released Cubetto, a wood-constructed robot for that explicit purpose. Cubetto helps kids learn by tying a specifically colored part to a direction or function. Cubetto follows the route laid out for it as the child plays. Cubetto can be expanded to play with other Primo offerings such as Cubetto story books or maps.
Robolink makes and sells simple robotics building and development kits to help students learn to code and build their own robots. Their drone offerings include a small quad-rotor aerial drone and a kit that allows students to learn or teach coding for robotics.
ARAI Labs has developed TutorBot, an artificially intelligent robot for kids. TutorBot operates dynamically, altering learning programs according to the child's learning preferences and methods. As children interact with TutorBot, it expands into new realms of learning. As ARAI Labs said, TutorBot lies “–somewhere between a textbook and an educator.”
Hanson Robotics has developed a method of producing machines that can emulate human expressions and facial features. They use a combination of human-like skin, mechanical actuators, and machine learning to create a highly-intelligent and human-like android that can be used for learning, rehabilitation, and many other applications.
DroneSimPro offers a drone operation simulator that helps users adjust to handling a drone and become familiar with drone operation without fear of damaging or breaking their drone, or worse, someone else’s. DroneSimPro was designed to accommodate not only newer pilots, but also allow veteran drone pilots to hone their skills in a safe environment.
Neuron Robotics combines programming education with robotics and 3D printing. Neuron lets users design and print 3D robots that can move and walk around. Neuron uses OpenCV and a JSCG-based CAD program to develop working 3D images of the bots, and Python, Java, and Clojure as the main programming languages for the robot.