Meet Miko, India’s First ‘Emotionally Intelligent’ Companion Robot for Kids

Would parents in India buy a companion robot for their child? That’s the question that Mumbai-based startup Emotix is trying to answer today, with a bot it has built called Miko. The little robot can talk to children, and play with them, but at Rs. 19,000 it’s not exactly cheap. Gadgets 360 went to the Emotix office in Mumbai to meet Miko for ourselves, and get a better understanding of what the company is attempting. Miko’s design reminded us a bit of Eve, the robot from the movie Wall-E. Unlike…

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Gadget addiction making children emotionally detached

It’s a generation of emotionally detached children who are growing up addicted to gaming and porn due to changing lifestyle in metros. Doctors point out that as parents reduce engagement with children and number of nuclear families go up, a whole new generation is vulnerable to mental illness. “Most of the mental disorders in adults can be traced to experiences in childhood. Children need to be given love so that they grow up into loving adults,” says Dr Yusuf Matcheswalla, psychiatrist with Masina hospital. “Any severe trauma, physical or sexual…

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