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What's New: MiRo-E, evolved for schools and STEM education

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What's New: MiRo-E, evolved for schools and STEM education

Consequential Robotics

MiRo the fully programmable autonomous robot is used by universities all over the world. Following months of research, third generation MiRo has been reengineered for education and will be available to schools to accelerate STEM learning.

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London, October 15, 2018 - Consequential Robotics, the London based service-robotics startup has announced the launch of MiRo-E, the fully programmable biomimetic robot engineered and evolved for schools, educators and researchers. MiRo-E is an advanced AI robot adapted for education with robust hardware and a specialised programming interface to facilitate students coding.

“This third generation MiRo platform is focussed on the huge numbers of school children and students - the next generation of technology talent - that want to know how to program robots and this is a sophisticated and practical platform that they can practice on. We have the MIRo-E simulator which is browser based which means you can pe-program a MIRo-E on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.” says Sebastian Conran, Co-founder of Consequential Robotics.

“There is a lot of emphasis today on teaching children to program - some are even calling it the new Latin, except that coding is probably a bit more useful. Coding is all very well, but without something physical to apply it to, it can remain a little abstract. Once children have learned the basics of coding they can produce programs to control a robot - these programs can be thought of as new behaviours or skills for the robot.”

 MiRo co-founder Sebastian Conran

MiRo co-founder Sebastian Conran

Third generation MIRo - MiRo-E - is outwardly similar to MiRo-Beta, the previous version which was aimed solely at university robot developers, but the mechatronics inside are quite different. MiRo-E has been reengineered for STEM education in the classroom, incorporating a Raspberry Pi 3B+ it is easily user serviceable and will also include the new simple browser-based programming system called the MIRo Educational Interface {MEI}.

Why is MiRo-E right for the classroom?

MiRo-E has been designed for any classroom, including SEN and student emotional care. It can be used from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5, and in various subjects to provide a well balanced multi-level learning experience. Example modules help guide educators to develop learning materials and encourage team working.

With eleven degrees of freedom, a wide array of over 30 sensors and Wifi/Bluetooth connectivity, MiRo-E provides unparalleled interaction with people and its environment. The user-friendly interface gives students a unique workspace in which to follow a curriculum, or to develop their own code using a mix of established text and block-based programming languages. Code can be developed and tested on a simulated MiRo, and then run on the the physical robot. This means that a whole class of students can develop their own behaviours with just a few MiRo-E robots.

MiRo-E’s emotionally engaging friendly pet-like appearance stands out from other educational robots, and immediately stimulates students of either gender’s imagination. They learn how to code, implementing their creative ideas, through MiRo-E’s highly featured platform.

Conran adds: “MIRo-E can also be used in the study of animal behaviour, or of companion robotics, as well as in STEM education. MIRo-E is still something of a blank canvas and Consequential Robotics are always curious about and receptive to new ideas and applications. We call these robot devices ‘platforms’, what we’ve produced is much like a laptop with no applications on it, it’s a mobile computer that can see around the place, find its way around your home and it can be programmed.”

Conran concludes that: “You only really need one MIRo-E per class as all the children can have a go at programming MiRo-E by using the open-source simulator software and then have a turn at running the programs they have created when it’s their turn to use the physical robot. The idea is to buy a MIRo-E once and watch it evolve as new technology comes online, whilst a long-term relationship between the creature and owner develops.”

MiRo-E will be available for order and shipping in December 2018 with its official launch in January 2019 at Bett 2019 , Europe’s largest education technology show.

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About Consequential Robotics

Consequential Robotics is a service-robotics startup developing solutions for applications in research, health, education, and lifestyle. Founded by the leading UK consumer product designer, Sebastian Conran, Professor Tony Prescott, Director of the Sheffield Robotics research institute, and biomimetic roboticist Dr Ben Mitchinson, the company’s main focus is developing assistive robotic systems that will facilitate STEM education in the classroom and enhance quality of life as people age.

The companies IP portfolio includes innovations developed with researchers at the University of Sheffield in the areas of mechatronic design and “brain-based” biomimetic control. Blending a proven record in product design with cutting-edge research, Consequential Robotics aims to be the UK company that will bring emotionally engaging, useful and aspirational robot solutions into homes around the world.

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