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Robots to support children in Middle East classrooms

Teachers and children in the UAE will soon be supported by robots in the classroom

Children across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) group of countries will have robot assistants in their classrooms by the end of 2017.

Teachers will be supported by the physical robots that are connected to cloud-based software. As well as using data to access information and provide students with answers to their questions, it will also be able to present material through a built-in projector.

United Arab Emirates-based education-focused supplier Atlab is introducing its TeachAssist robot, which blends hardware and software using a cloud-based robotic system known as Sanbot.

The company is customising the robot to enable it to provide support in schools. “The software being developed using the open source platform will be customised to each school,” said S. Senthil Kugan, director at Atlab, which is acting as an education-focused system integrator.

The robot will be able to answer questions from pupils about the courses they are doing in real time. It will also track the progress of pupils and customise the answers for them, based on previous data.

“The machines are one of the best we currently have and will unleash the power of cloud-enabled robotics and artificial intelligence to the academic community,” he said.

The robot, which has touchscreens on its chest, has around 60 sensors and can even read the student’s gesture and pose through a 3D camera. It can also show videos and presentations through a built-in projector.

Atlab said it has received requests from schools in Dubai and has started creating interactive content, with the first robots set to be in use later this year.

Dubai is becoming a centre for pioneering the use of certain technologies. For example, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed plans to make airborne passenger drones available to the public in summer as part of a broader vision to transform Dubai into a global driverless mobility leader by 2030.

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