HuiYu has announced the launch of the Honeybot educational companion robot based on 3D Augmented Reality for kids on Indiegogo. The robot is an interactive Android-based home companion robot that uses Augmented Reality for learning. Honeybot is an electronic pet, teacher, storyteller, and a child’s best friend; educating kids with general knowledge, fun, fantasy, and good daily habits.
The main aim of Honeybot is to create a new way for parents to educate and play with kids. It employs 3D Augmented Reality (AR), Image Recognition, and Color Extraction Technology with educational apps to entertain, sing, tell stories, teach, and chat with kids. The robot also works with all Google Play Store apps.
Expected to be available in English and Mandarin, kids will be able to virtually play with a 3D animated dinosaur and other animals on the robot’s or smart TV’s miracast screen. Moreover, the Honeybot is also designed using a series of friendly expressions for use with social media. This effectively converts Honeybot into human, a kids’s best friend with likes and dislikes, rather than a robot.
Honeybot creates different voices for asking and answering and can even mimic a parent’s voice for a fun and interactive way to keep a close connection with children when parents are away.
Commenting on the launch of Honeybot, Zhongliu Chen, Founder & CEO, HuiYu revealed that Honeybot is an educational companion robot that will be loved by both children and parents alike. Entertaining, educational, and also interactive, it’s the best partner for children to grow up happily and healthily, and it connects children with busy parents.
Honeybot Pre-installed Apps for AR Learning & Teaching in 3D
AR Aquarium App
A 3D drawing app specially developed for the kindergarten educational system by experienced preschool education experts. AR Aquarium transforms children’s drawings into 3D cartoon animations through image recognition and color extraction technology. Coupled with lively voice introductions and professional teaching lessons, it helps kindergarten teachers with art lessons, enabling children to learn about marine animals while studying painting.
AR Yolk World App
An interactive cognitive app aimed at early childhood and elementary school education, it uses the latest 3D imaging to show the child interacting with 90 lifelike images of dinosaurs, animals, and vehicles. The multi-angled app provides a real interactive sensory experience, making a big impression on kids (other augmented reality teaching courses are also optionally available).
Simulated Daily Life App
The app enable kids to learn about the proper daily routines, behavior, and electronic pet raising. Honeybot is hungry, needs a bath, and is sleepy, and children need to learn to take care of the little Honeybot for the correct daily habits for themselves and pets. Honeybot shows a detailed presentation of food, making children more likely to eat healthy food and less junk.
Chen added that the development of science and technology ultimately serves humans. We want a better life where high- tech meets our demands. After more than 3 years preparation and thousands of hours brainstorming, a group of young parents finally made this early educational robot, Honeybot, adopting both high-tech and edutainment.
Miracast can be used through WIFI to display and control multimedia content between Honeybot and a smart TV for larger screen viewing of the robot’s display and less eye strain.
Voice Changing Live Talk
Real-time communication between children and parents. The parent’s tone of voice is imitated so children can recognize him or her. Honeybot will play the parent’s voice and will act emotionally, providing Honeybot with human attributes. Children can also send voice messages to Honeybot and parents.
One Click Synchronization iOS & Android Audio/Video
Parents can send audio/video to Honeybot after recording from a smartphone. Over 200 audio/video learning materials for 3 -8 year olds is also provided, covering common knowledge, poems, songs, fairy tales, etc.
Video Call & Remote Monitoring
H.264 standard video enables smooth and clear video. Parents can initiate a remote video through the app (children cannot initiate to avoid disturbing parents). Parents can also send remote commands telling Honeybot to check on their children.
Daily Timetable Control & Honeybot Playtime Control
In order to help children form healthy routines, Honeybot can activate automatically in the morning to remind children to wake-up. In the evening, it can shift into intelligent dormant mode to only tell bedtime stories.
Honeybot Playtime Control
A feature to protect children from visual/mental fatigue. After using Honeybot for over 30 minutes when parents are not around, reminders are sent to parents to activate to dormant mode for 30 minutes. Parents can adjust the time or turn it off completely.
Honeybot Robot Specifications
- 5.0-inch IPS screen, G+G tempered glass, full lamination
- Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and 1080p FHD video codec coprocessor for quick processing
- ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU
- Samsung 5MP AF camera
- Android 5.1 Platform
- 4500mAh battery
- 3W high-fidelity speaker to chat, tell a story, and sing
- Includes Honeybot apps and works with all Google Play apps
- Languages: English and Mandarin (more languages coming)
- Height/weight: 10’ tall, approximately 1.7 pounds
- Over 200 audio and video learning materials with one-click synchronization
- Honeybot robot
- AR aquarium drawing card
- AR Yolk World card
- Remote control
Availability & Indiegogo pre-sale discount
Honeybot will be available Q4 2016 with a retail price of $349. However, you can purchase Honeybot for $229-$259
depending on the version through Indiegogo campaign.
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