WNS distributes child companion robot MIKO to school children


Organisation:  WNS

MIKO has been developed by a team of three IITians with a background in robotics.

Posted On:  04 Aug . 2017
WNS distributes child companion robot MIKO to school children
 

WNS (Holdings), a global business process management (BPM) company, distributed MIKO - India’s first companion robot – to nine schools across Mumbai, Pune, Vizag, Nasik and Chennai.

The robot was given to winners of its digital global essay writing competition, ‘The Golden Pen’ contest, through its corporate social responsibility arm, WNS Cares Foundation (WCF)

Students at these schools will be able to interact with MIKO, an emotionally-intelligent, companion robot, capable of engaging, educating and entertaining a child. MIKO will be placed in the school computer learning center where it would respond to general knowledge questions, answer queries on basic mathematics, do fun things like tell stories or sing a song.

“We would like to create avenues of modern methods of learning and access to digital education for the children,” said Keshav R. Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS and Member, WCF Board.

MIKO has been developed by a team of three IITians with a background in robotics.

“Being emotionally intelligent, it is a perfect addition to a child's existing social frameworks imagined by and for Indians. Interacting with MIKO enhances a child’s learning and engagement much more than a television, a computer, a smartphone, or a tablet ever will,” he said.

WCF organized a global digital essay writing competition, ‘The Golden Pen’ contest that combined a physical event in Mumbai, digitally connecting children from six other countries including Costa Rica, The Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Poland and Romania. Over 134,000 students from 196 schools across the globe participated in the event.

In India states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana took part in this contest.

After a month long rigorous contest that saw school, regional, and country level rounds, nine students from India emerged as global winners in the respective categories. 

 

Source: Economic Times

 

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