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Education and Research

Educational robots, redefining ‘teach & learn’ for a knowledge-based economy.

Benefits

#1

SoftBank Robotics Education Benefit

Valorise teachers’ expertise and leverage the quality of educational programs to a high proficiency level.

#2

SoftBank Robotics Education Benefit

Strengthen and deepen the academic capacities & possibilities in robotics and data science.

#3

SoftBank Robotics Education Benefit

Empower special education through usage of innovative tools and improve educational outcomes.

Why use humanoid robots in the Education & Research sector?

Pepper and NAO easily create  an empathetic link with students & researchers by their eye-catching appearances, moderate sizes and humanoid behaviours.

Proven by various studies and researches, main characteristics of our humanoid robots meet perfectly the instructional goals in education. Our robots are enabling new ways for pedagogy and classrooms. 

Pepper and NAO are versatile and high-performing robots to meet the expectations of researchers. They are advanced platforms for the in-depth study such as human-machine interaction, cognitive computing and autonomous navigation, etc.

A new digital channel for Education & Research

Optimized teaching-aid tool Optimized teaching-aid tool
Introduce new & innovative pedagogical topics: sharpening students’ concentration & focus; 
Enable tailored and flexible teaching programs: improving self-motivation in learning STEAM (Sciences, Technologies, Engineering, Arts & Maths) subjects & encouraging development of creativity;
Apply PBL (Project-Based Learning) approaches: teaching & preparing students with required skills to be succeed in a knowledge-based, highly technological society.

 Advanced development platform Advanced development platform
Allow innovative applications and scientific researches from simple concepts to complex algorithms;
Ease the learning & utilization process with visual & intuitive programming interface;
Explore the extension of robotics and develop individual and team competencies and potentials on problem solving, analytics skills and creativity.

Effective solution to inclusive education Effective solution to inclusive education
Promote inclusivity: engaging special education with IEP (Individualized Education Program) for students with disabilities such as autism, emotional and behavioural disorders.
Reduce shyness, reluctance, un-confidence and frustration by providing barrier-free communication: improving social skills, self-esteem and positive peer interactions.
Encourage acceptance of special education in regular classroom: developing positive attitudes & perceptions

Typical use cases in Education & Research

 Teaching assistant Teaching assistant
Our robots are the perfect STEAM education assistance platform. Deploy easily customized teaching activities on either a one-to-one basis or in small groups, to challenge students & promote positive behaviour, and finally to follow and monitor their progress.

Programmable device Programmable device
Our robots are fully programmable with graphical interface, or directly with the SDK & coding tools;

  • An IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Python programming on NAO
  • An entirely integrated plugin for Android studio to add compatibility with Pepper to Android applications

The robots’ SDK gives access to the complete set of features of NAO and Pepper. It is available in Python, C++, and Android (Pepper only).

Research platform Research platform
Pepper and NAO are open platforms with various functional components (sensors, motors, etc.). They connect and integrate local and cloud-based services & APIs: enabling the application of different AI capacities, allowing the development of robotics innovation through data science & controllable mechanical robot-body parts.

Edutainment Edutainment
Our robots are the attractive channel for entertaining and educational communication toward students. Especially in inspiring and accompanying kids for physical and intellectual exercises and supporting the social & emotional skills development.

Insight generator Insight generator
Conduct survey research to understand student behaviours, provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers on their advancement. Pepper and NAO execute it with flexibility and collect complex data to generate more valuable student insights.

Institution ambassador Institution ambassador
Pepper and NAO are reliable and cost-effective channels in presenting institution and academic activities, raising awareness and running recruitment campaigns.

How do humanoid robots make a difference?

#1

Easiness, Openness and Robustness

Easiness, Openness and Robustness
Easy to use, develop, deploy and upgrade;  
Full programmable, allowing integration & implementation of cloud services and APIs;
Permit coding in a secured environment with resistance & avoidance.

#2

Motivation to learn

Motivation to learn
Our robots call students' attention, draw curiosity and stimulate interests to study & grow.

#3

Multi-language

Multi-language
Pepper and NAO can speak up to 21 languages and provide translation via Cloud services: allowing you to develop language skills of students.

#4

Customized interaction 

Customized interaction

Using their sensors, Pepper and NAO can categorize and/or identify the person they are interacting with and adapt their behaviour to his/her profile...

#5

Communication on-the-fly 

Communication on-the-fly

Being connected, our robots are able to search the latest teaching materials at a centralized level, generate, update and adapt their behaviour and content to fit local conditions and audience.

#6

Cognitive computing 

Cognitive computing

Taking advantage of the embedded and cloud-based cognitive computing services, our robots can have continuously evolving behaviours to interact with students based on their real time analysis results.

#7

Entertainment 

Entertainment
Capitalizing on their humanoid shape, our robots use their entertaining interactions to powerfully deliver educational information and guidelines, as well to motivate students for physical and intellectual trainings.

#8

Insight generation 

Insight generation

Being perceived as 'friendly' and 'no judgement', our robots are easily accepted by students, feeling more confident to answer openly to questions. Collected information are enriched by the sensors, generating precious added-value insights.

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