Millennial children are exposed to technology at a very young age, but aren’t shown how to properly use this self-driven learning tool. The wrong use of technology decreases the quality of interaction between kids and robots. The positive role of technology has to be emphasized to inspire cooperative activities between kids.
Since Pomelo is solely designed for childrens’ use, it was designed taking inspiration from a dog.
everyone, especially children enjoys to interact with a dog, so it made sense for our robot design to resemble an adorable puppy
a mostly underestimated question
what color should it be?
contrary to our modern lifestyles, most children are still under the influence of gender-oriented colors.
we wanted to do was to stay away from color-based stereotypes
Gender-typed color preferences are widely documented, and there has been increasing concern that they affect children’s play preferences. We have created Pomelo to be loved by every child, thus we chose to have gender neutral colors.
As a result of our observations, we have concluded that increasing positive reinforcement through visual and audio outputs will increase the interest of younger users and create a more clear system of communication.
Pomelo communicates with students through visuals on its built-in screen and speech.
There is a substantial amount of technology: electronics and computer programming involved beyond the visible
In our robot, we have used Raspberry Pi 3 as our main processor and the Pololu DRV8835 motor driver as an additional microcontroller that controls the DC motors. Pomelo has a rear-wheel drive with two caster wheels upfront to provide the necessary movement for kinetic interaction and completing tasks. To execute the code written on the ‘code blocks’ we have used ArUco Marker identi ers on each block which we recognize through a Raspberry Pi camera placed in Pomelo’s mouth and the OpenCV ArUco library. We used an XPT2046 4.3’’ LCD screen to display Pomelo’s eyes that were drawn and ren- dered using the Maya 2018 software. Pomelo’s eyes are designed to react to user input and interaction by showcasing varying emotions. The Raspberry Pi has been connected to Google Assistant through the Voice HAT Board which allows the processing of audio input. This system allows pomelo to interact with students and answer questions, respond and communicate through the API.
yeah, basically a lot of stuff
Teaching the bases of algorithmic thinking and methodical learning
Pomelo had to have a really enjoyable user experience to be suitable for primary school classrooms. That meant designing for a young audience that may not know how to operate a computer. Therefore, we designed our robot to be programmable through physical blocks. Kids are able to put the ArUco Marker coding blocks on top of each other to move Pomelo in desired patterns and directions. Furthermore, teachers can create and assign puzzles and mazes for the students to solve using the code blocks. Such tasks will improve the algorithmic skills of the children and provoke participation through creating a challenge.
Pomelo reinforces interaction between technology and children by encouraging them to be mentally and physically active. It can sing karaoke or challenge dance-offs between kids. Pomelo introduces the basis of algorithmic thinking from a young age. Appealing to a young age group that is in-line with the modern world’s qualities, students interact with the robot through physical block-based programming, where as Pomelo gives feedback through its visual and audio outputs.
wider stance = more stable
a more streamlined dog figure
strategic placement of electronic components
overall smaller body
Our team has won the “Delegates’ Choice” award at the “International Conferance on Human-Robot Interaction”
During our time at the conferance we have received both constructive and positive feedback from many reseach groups. Also, received collaboration oppurtunities from prestegious universities.
We would wish to continue our journey to unveil the full potential of tommorrow’s young students.
find out more about our team at hisarcs.com