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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India’s First GM Food Crop Held Up by Lawsuit

India’s long-standing push to approve genetically modified (GM) food crops has been controversially delayed, after an environmental campaigner launched a lawsuit that accuses scientists of deceiving the public about the benefits of transgenic mustard. The claims are untrue, says Deepak Pental, a plant geneticist at the University of Delhi who has led research into the crop. “These attacks are only calculated to bring a bad name to Indian science,” he says. Other researchers are wary of pronouncing on the merits of the case, which is set for its next hearing…

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Climate finance to top India’s agenda

New Delhi: Adaptation issues, coupled with finance and technology transfers for developing countries, will top India’s agenda at a key global climate change conference starting in Morocco on Monday, signalling a continuation of its efforts to get industrialized developed nations to do more to halt global warming. The 22nd meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7 to 18 November. Experts cautioned that India should go to Morocco with a clear position on ‘loss…

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Wider Image: Villagers in India’s Himalayan landscape grapple with tourism boom

Villagers nestled high in the Indian Himalayas are grappling with lifestyle changes in the world’s fastest-growing major economy that are eroding their age-old Buddhist culture but opening up new opportunities. People have long wrested a living from herding goats and tending wheat fields ringed by 6,000-m (19,685-ft) snow-capped peaks, while Buddhist monasteries dotting the landscape are a reminder of the region’s ties to its eastern neighbour, Tibet. Traditions are fading fast as larger numbers of India’s burgeoning middle class flock to holiday in the tranquillity of the lunar-like terrain. Yet…

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Sushil Kumar thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for asking media to highlight struggles of India’s athletes

New Delhi: Days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked media to highlight the issues faced by India’s athletes, legendary wrestler Sushil Kumar expressed his views and thanked him for doing so. Speaking exclusively to CNN News 18 on Friday, Modi shared his thoughts on a series of issues. Towards the end of the interview, Modi said that instead of wasting its time chasing politicians, media should highlight the daily struggles of India’s sportspersons. Speaking to the channel, Modi said, “You should select 30 athletes who went to Rio from…

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