We took part in various studies at the Wrocław University of Science and Technology. We have applied for and participated in various national and European research projects, which has given us the chance to collaborate with several different interdisciplinary and international consortia.
We first developed the EMYS™ concept in 2009, and over time, our prototypes have improved, with our software allowing EMYS to operate autonomously and become a believable companion. We are also proud to have developed a full-sized robot called FLASH. It now serves as a research platform at the Robotarium laboratory in Edinburgh.
As researchers, we did not have much entrepreneurial experience, so we were honored to be accepted into the HAX accelerator, in the heart of Shenzhen, China, often referred to as “the Silicon Valley of Hardware”. HAX is a highly competitive program that is known to have a lower acceptance rate than Stanford or Harvard. Here is a sneak peek at what we accomplished at HAX:
At HAX, we met fantastic advisors and mentors who helped us to develop EMYS into a commercially viable product and connected us with key players in the Chinese manufacturing ecosystem. Thanks to our adventures at HAX, today, we are currently focused on just one task in relation to robotics: teaching foreign languages, and doing it well! Both our time spent as researchers at the university in Wrocław, and the 4 months we spent in China, helped us to realize the true importance of learning foreign languages.
We began cooperating with the Spell Languages school. Their approach to teaching foreign language is a very personal journey of learning, fun and creativity for every student. Thanks to this cooperation, we taught EMYS many new tricks. With time, we joined forces with the Leonardo School, another exceptional institution dedicated solely to teaching children. Their fundamental goal is to help children to acquire a language in a natural way by engaging all the senses and creating powerful learning experiences.
We are also parents who, like all parents, want the best for our children. We strongly believe that the technology we have developed and have equipped EMYS with has the potential to revolutionize language learning for children, and to have a lasting impact on their lives.