A new robot designed to teach kids about play has been tested at a preschool in California.
The kids-friendly, robot-proof playground equipment was developed by researchers at the University of Southern California and is now available to parents in the Los Angeles area.
It works by connecting to a smartphone app and giving instructions to the robot that can interact with objects and interact with the children.
“The robot is kind of a fun little robot,” said Jennifer Smith, an assistant professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering and computer science and lead researcher on the project.
“It’s a little kid, and you’re trying to help him learn and you’ve got to teach him to do what he needs to do.
So you give him the tools to do it.”
The robots can interact directly with objects, such as LEGO bricks, or they can be programmed to interact with other toys, such the LEGO sets that were created for the playground.
The robots will be used in the classroom for six months.
“I think it’s very exciting because we have a little robot that is learning,” Smith said.
“You’re actually seeing it interact with LEGO bricks and it can interact to other things.”
The researchers hope that they will use the robots in classrooms for at least three years.
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