Moxie, a new education technology product, looks like a robot coming out of a Pixar movie, which is believed to weigh 7 pounds and is designed for home education,media reported. Although it’s a nice look, it’s not cheap, it’s $1,500 (about 10,639 yuan) and a monthly subscription fee of $60 (about 426 yuan) after one year of use.
The robot and artificial intelligence company behind Moxie says the robot creates weekly themes and courses for children aged 6 to 9 who promote cognitive, emotional and social learning. The children’s task is to help Moxie explore and learn human experiences and life skills, such as learning new words or talking about important experiences, going to the dentist, and so on. Parents will be able to control Moxie through a “parent app” to check their children’s progress and limit some of the practical features above.
Privacy and security have been a major issue in children’s educational technology products, and Moxie is unlikely to be an exception. Paolo Pirjanian, founder of Xied, told the media fast Company that Moxie’s data would be encrypted and accessible only to parents or guardians. In addition, Moxie can interact and monitor nearby robots through technology such as four microphones in the head and a camera at the front, or otherwise smart Barbie dolls, children’s smart speakers, and so on.
Moxie is expected to go on sale this fall.