Robot teachers invade Chinese kindergartens
More than 600 kindergartens in China have been equipped with Keeko miniature robot educators that communicate, play with children, give them educational tasks and tell stories..
The robot is just over 60 centimeters tall and has a white, rounded body with wheels, a built-in screen, multiple speakers and cameras for navigation and video log recording. The device attracts the attention of children who immediately want to play with it. Every time a child solves a problem correctly, an enthusiastic face appears on the screen. Keeko entertains children and actively interacts with the whole group or one toddler.
The robot’s developers plan to expand their activities to the entire Southeast Asia. In parallel, Beijing continues to invest funds and manpower in AI development as part of the national program «Made in China — 2025». Already in the country, robots deliver goods, support the elderly and provide legal advice.
Keeko’s cost is equivalent to the monthly salary of a Chinese teacher and is $ 1,500. The service robot market was valued at $ 1.32 billion last year, and Research In China estimates it will grow to $ 4.9 billion by 2022..
As a reminder, on August 15, Beijing hosted the World Robot Conference, where companies demonstrated the latest achievements in the field of robotics..
text: Ivan Malichenko, photo: Agence France-Presse / The National, video: Duffer Entertainment