(Yicai Global) June 12 -- Nuwa Robotics, a startup backed by Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi, has unveiled an artificially intelligent robot that aims to help children learn English, math and even dance moves.
Xiaodan (Little Dan) went up for sale on Xiaomis' crowd-funding platform for CNY1,999 (USD312) today. The robot uses facial recognition technology to distinguish between family members and includes more than 200 games.
The bot uses Xiaomi's Xiao AI system to operate as an encyclopedia and engage in English conversations with youngsters. It features an array of sensors that help it detect nearby objects. If a child holds a common household item over Xiaodan's head and asks the robot what it is, the bot will be able to answer in English. It can also teach arithmetic and has a bank of more than 900 stories to tell.
Kids can also use an companion app for programming, which can help them write code in less time than usual. Many Chinese parents have been pushing for learners to study code at a younger age as they look to prepare them for the digital age in which they live, and pre-school programming classes have existed for a number of years.
Nuwa is one of Xiaomi's 'Eco-Chain Enterprises' -- companies which Xiaomi has invested in which make products under their own independent brands. Last year, there were more than 70 such firms with combined annual revenue of more than CNY15 billion. Around 30 have already released products, while the remainder are still conducting research and development. Examples of goods they make include air and water purifiers, bracelets and mobility tools.