Made-in-India robot Miko2, to touch American kids

01st November 2019
Made-in-India  robot Miko2, to touch American kids
Miko 2.. and cofounders Prashant V. Iyengar, Sneh R. Vaswani and Chintan S. Raikar

Mumbai, November 1 2019: For the last four years, a friendly little robot has been engaging, entertaining and educating children across India and recently in UAE. Now, the bestselling Miko 2 robot is bringing the marvel of conversational, play-based learning to kids in North America for the first time. Miko 2 is the brainchild of Miko, an Indian consumer robotics innovation lab home to global educators, engineers and psychologists offering the marvel of conversational, play-based learning for kids combining the elements of engagement, entertainment and education.
Miko 2 uses artificial intelligence and voice recognition technology to see, hear, sense, express, talk, recognize faces, remember names, initiate a conversation and learn from its own environment to intuitively engage with a child. The robot is brimming with content that keeps little ones engaged in the educational process. From knowledge-based conversations and kid-friendly news to fun facts, quizzes and story apps, Miko 2 gives learners the best of children friendly content, developed by educators for kids. Parents can use Miko 2’s encrypted TeleConnect feature to engage with their child remotely. Through the Miko 2 app, they can view analytics on their child’s interests and engagement. With end-to-end data encryption, parents can be rest assured that their child’s safety and privacy are protected. No personal information is shared or stored in Miko 2.
For consumers in North America, Miko 2 can be pre-ordered at in 3 attractive colors and will ship in December with guaranteed arrival for the holidays.
Says Sneh Rajkumar Vaswani, Miko Co-Founder & CEO: “Miko is an outcome of extensive research, particularly to identify the unmet needs of parents, of children, their unspelt expectations, which translated into all of its features that come bundled with the robot today. Miko’s mission is close to my heart. We hope to see children learn and grow with our product in every household.  After becoming a runaway success in India and UAE, we are thrilled to now offer Miko 2 to consumers across North America”.  Vaswani co-founded Miko with Prashant Iyengar and Chintan Raikar in 2015.
Companion or social robots go a step beyond voice assisted devices. They incorporate emotion. This is achieved by going beyond the speech interface to include non-verbal cues like motion or physical gestures which enhance human engagement. Miko has secured a technology leadership in this emerging category, which offers a sizeable market especially amongst young parents. Miko 2 has been developed over a period of 4 years through multiple pilot tests across consumer groups. The company is targeting sales of over 1,00,000 units for 2020 across the globe.