Say hello to EMYS™: the lovable social robot who offers a totally new, highly effective way to introduce your little one to a second language in a way that feels just like hanging out with a new best friend!
The Smart Tags, as shown spread out on the table in the photo above, feature images that represent a certain word. EMYS asks children to show him a specific Smart Tag by identifying a word or concept that they already understand in their mother tongue, and then teaches them the corresponding word in the second language, asking them to repeat the word aloud.
This teaching method provides hours of learning and laughter for children through playful interaction with EMYS, as you’ll see in the following video:
EMYS has many more features and capabilities that we are currently working on. One of these is the ability to turn virtually anything into a Smart Tag, by placing one of our special computer chip-embedded stickers onto it, as seen here:
EMYS is specifically designed to address the unique learning preferences of children aged 3 to 7, which is the optimal time to learn a second language. During this phase of life, children’s brains are primed to begin assimilating and acquiring language. However, while children are “sponges” at this age, they need to be taught in a very particular way, leveraging:
We have achieved all of this with EMYS by equipping him with amazing visual perception and an unprecedented ability to interact with the child. He can detect when someone is in front of him, recognize who it is, track your child’s movements, and respond to his or her touch.
Leveraging these capabilities (the first of their kind in a language-teaching robot for children), EMYS will teach your child to communicate in a foreign language by using his incredibly intelligent artificial intelligence algorithm, drawing on words your children already know in their mother tongue. By basing his teaching around concepts that children already understand in their first language, EMYS allows them to create lasting neural links that ensure the words they use in the new language become a permanent part of their “mind map” of the world.
EMYS also comes with a set of Smart Tags that kids can pick up and touch to the display screen located in EMYS’ base. Your child will be able to select a Smart Tag according to the picture on it, inviting EMYS to “read” the identity of the tag (thanks to the RFID technology embedded inside it). EMYS will then acknowledge the correct identity of the Smart Tag, rewarding your child with a happy reaction.
Each Smart Tag represents a different concept or combination of concepts, giving kids the chance to locate and present the appropriate Smart Tag to EMYS when asked to do so. This kind of interaction becomes an endlessly entertaining game that keeps kids coming back for more tutoring, day after day.
EMYS plays with your kids every day using the same style of interaction that you know and love from popular classic games, such as Guess Who or Simon Says. He encourages kids to play with him by asking questions about various objects. For example, if EMYS wants to teach your child names of clothes in English, he might say, "Bring me a hat". Your child would then look for his or her hat that has a Smart Tag attached to it and show it to EMYS. EMYS will answer: "Yes, that's a hat. Please say it. That's a hat". A child will have to repeat it, while EMYS will record the phrase and play it back to the child.
Something else that sets EMYS apart is his ability to express and recognize emotion. Featuring 4 different touch sensing points on his head and body, he is an upbeat companion with whom children can interact in a completely natural way. He talks, dances, reacts to your child patting or tickling him, and encourages him or her to get up and get moving as he helps little ones to deeply grasp the meaning of new words. His friendly face creates a real connection that helps your child develop empathy, too.
And let’s not forget the positive reinforcement that EMYS provides on your child’s learning journey! With each language-learning success, children unlock new aspects of EMYS’ personality, including dance moves, amusing characters with their engaging adventures, and positive reactions to correct answers.
You can even dress EMYS up with the modeling clay (giving him cat ears, or a tail), to add to the fun. This special clay dries after being left out for 24 hours, forming a robust shell that children can draw, write, or paint on.