This social robot is an excellent family companion
If you've got a busy family, there are probably times when you feel like there isn't enough of you to go around. Between homework sessions, caring for your home, and your own professional life, there is a lot to do every day. You appreciate anything that can help streamline these tasks, keep you organized, and entertain your kids in an educational way. Well, it may seem like something out of Star Wars, but there's a robot that can help you with that.
It’s been a long workday for you and a tiring school day for your kids. After being cooped up for so many hours, the kids are clamoring for your attention. They also need help with their homework. Unfortunately, there’s a mountain of chores to be done at home, and you’ve got to cook dinner. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a live-in babysitter and tutor who could entertain your kids for about half an hour and answer some of their questions while you start on all the laundry that’s been piling up? Now you can with the Misa Next-Generation Social Family Robot.
Also, have you ever wished you had someone who could keep an eye on the house, not to mention your dog, while you’re at work? Or someone who could keep Grandma company when she’s alone? Misa can help with those things as well. As a robot equipped with a video camera, she can let you see what’s going on at home, even when you’re not there. And with her social nature, she’s a companion who can answer questions and remind family members to take medications on time. This social robot is a personal assistant, babysitter, and tutor all in one, and she’s ready to make your life easier and more enjoyable.
Misa answers your questions
Do your kids have a burning question while you need to take an important call from your insurance agent? Misa can be there for them. All they have to do is say, “Hey Misa,” followed by the question. Misa will find the answer. This educational robot has a wide range of knowledge, and more topics will be added over time.
Her capabilities include speech recognition, speech-to-meaning, and deep meaning understanding. So she can answer pretty much any homework and general interest question, plus inquiries about current events and flight information. Finally, Misa probably also speaks your language. Currently, she understands English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin.
This educational robot is mobile
This social robot is fully mobile. With four wheels and a plethora of sensors, Misa can travel, learn, and interact with you and your home. She comes complete with a drive system that allows her to move from place to place. An obstacle sensor tells her when something is obstructing her path, and drop sensors inform her of edges where she could fall. Finally, Misa has a touch sensor to let her know when you’re giving her a hug or a pat. And Misa will respond accordingly. So, like a real personal assistant or mother’s helper, Misa can follow you around the house and be at your side when you need her most.
Keep your kids entertained and engaged
We all want to ensure that our kids take part in a variety of fun, educational activities every day. The trouble is, busy parents don’t always have the time to create and set up those beautiful projects they see online. For those moments when you don’t have an activity planned, Misa is there. She’s pre-loaded with thousands of safe, ad-free games. So you’ll no longer have to resort to YouTube’s dubious content when you’re desperate (speaking from your editor’s experience, at least). There’s also learning apps, and top-quality vides from brands like Little Miss, Mr. Bean, The Moomins, Peter Rabit, and Mr. Men, a $250 value.
A robot that’s also a tutor
We mentioned that Misa comes pre-loaded with learning apps. Her subjects include English, science, math, astronomy, and coding. So during summer vacation and other long breaks in the school year, Misa can be there, ensuring that your kids are still learning about the world even when they’re stuck at home. Every parent dreams of being a good homeschooler when the situation calls for it. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the time or energy to come up with great lessons. Instead of parking the kids in front of Netflix, Misa will ensure that they’re learning from home.
Misa teaches your kids manners
Parents everywhere know that when an adult isn’t in the immediate vicinity, children’s manners can run amok. Luckily, this social robot can help reinforce good behaviors and healthy habits when you aren’t in the room. Misa really is like a full-time babysitter who’s always got your back. And, like a good babysitter, she knows lullabies, stories, and nursery rhymes. She also supports your daily routines and teaches kids polite greetings.
Secure your home
This social robot is more than just a tutor/childminder. She also helps keep your home secure. With her security cameras, you can know what’s going on in every room in your house. This will let you know that your belongings and family members are safe. It’s an ideal feature if you’re out for the afternoon and have left someone who you help care for in the house. And since you can control Misa remotely, you can move her forward, backward, left, and right from anywhere in the world. She’ll also connect to your smart home and help you use the devices and appliances connected there.
You need a personal assistant
Do you ever feel like you just need a little extra help handling it all? Like you wish you had a secretary just for your personal life? Misa can help there, too. Just like a real personal assistant, this social robot can update your calendar, tell you the weather, answer your questions, set alarms, send emails, check flight status, and book hotels. These are the tasks that will help you be more organized and put you in control of your day.
What we love about Misa
We love that this social robot is more than just a personal assistant; she’s a tutor, companion, and security guard all-in-one. She also has an adorable personality. According to the company website, Misa is a character and loves to tell jokes, make suggestions, and dance … anything that will get you smiling. Isn’t that what we want from any sort of home assistant?
What we would love to see
Since Misa is a fully mobile robot, it would be cool if she had body- or facial-recognition sensors to let her follow you around the house, or just remember a face she sees all the time. Such a feature would make her more personable and increase her usefulness around the house.